Quelling any fears that their recent major label leap might cause Interpol to lose the program, the NYC brooders' third album is the sound of a band finally rising above their influences.
When Turn On The Bright Lights came out, Interpol's obvious deep-seated love of Joy Divsion was cute, in a heart-carved-into-an-elementary-school desk way. Despite its ostensibly more upbeat tone, by the time 04's Antics came out, their reliance on the same echoing Joy Division guitars and over-reverbed vocals felt claustrophobic.
But there's breathing room on Our Love To Admire. It comes in the form of tasteful details: the subtle high-register piano and melodica on opener Pioneer To The Falls, which adds texture to the tune's ominous cinema soundtrack chug; the dirty bass and glass-shard guitars on the piss-take Heinrich Maneuver, arguably Interpol's most upbeat song; the strikingly forthright lyrics and thudding kick drum that prevent Rest My Chemistry from being NYC : The 07 Version. In terms of writing and production, this may be Interpol at their best.