Interpol // El Pintor
The once-lauded New York City band continues its slide into producing songs that are mere shades of its past glory.
Even 12 years after breaking onto the scene, Interpol still has to compete with the success of its debut album Turn on the Bright Lights. It's a bit difficult to feel bad for the New York City-based band, given that its early success turned them into indie darlings. Like other exciting new bands in the early-2000s (read: The Strokes), however, Interpol's shown a steady decline since its wonderful beginning. To say that Interpol's new album El Pintor is bad is unfair, but it comes off as though the trio fleshed out a bunch of b-sides from past records. Opening track "All the Rage Back Home" starts off El Pintor on a promising note, an enjoyable up-tempo track that's dark yet danceable. However, the intrigue hits a wall elsewhere on the album, with "Tidal Wave" and "Twice as Hard" creating a droning final two tracks. There are flickers of Interpol's past success, but the bright lights never really get turned on during El Pintor.