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Main Interpol slightly strange man Paul Banks finally releases his debut album although he seems to have changed his name back from Julian Plenti. What on earth goes on in the man’s head? Who knows?
Anyway it’s a slightly softer approach than his more taut and wiry parent band but you’d recognise that voice anywhere. The first few tracks trundle along effectively before he hits the first big smash. ‘Young Again’ is a really excellent tune starting with lo-fi guitar and beatbox drums and has a brilliant chorus which builds and builds with layer upon layer being added on. Brilliant, Paul, brilliant. More of this please.
I really do like his voice, it sounds almost Stan Ridgway-ish at times on this disc. He has his own way of enunciating words which, once you become a fan of his, then you kind of delight at every sardonic utterance. The music is neither brilliant nor particularly terrible, it veers across a bunch of styles, generally a little more like a lo-fi Killers than Interpol, more keyboards and ‘colourful’ production.I think the album suffers a little from him not actually being able to decide what kind of music he wants to make so he goes for the lot. It’s also a little ‘busy’ on the production side. I mean it is what it is, he’s just doing his own thing before getting back with the others for the Interpol juggernaut which still seems to be going fairly strong.
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