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So What if they Sound like Joy Division?

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Interpol
Our Love to Admire
Capitol Records
released: July 10, 2007

On Our Love to Admire, their major label debut on Capitol, Interpol still sound like Joy Division and they are not apologizing for it regardless of how often they are knocked for it. And really, they shouldn’t. The band has long transcended the comparisons and established its own identifiable sound, full of machine-like guitars, ominous piano lines and ennui-infused vocals. Interpol is as distinctive a band there is working today.

For better or worse, Our Love to Admire --which debuted last week at #4 on the Billboard 200 Album Chart-- rises and falls on how closely it hews to this sound. The band confidently runs through the eleven songs on the album, churning out memorable, albeit familiar-sounding tunes.

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Lead single “The Heinrich Maneuver” makes it seem like it hasn’t been three years since Antics, bridging the gap between albums by reminding fans of what they love about Interpol and luring casual listeners with its dance-ready drive and pummeling beat. The regurgitation of the same sound would be enough to dismiss Our Love to Admire as a lazy album if it wasn’t for one thing: the songs are just too damned good.