The Ten-Year Reissue: “Turn on the Bright Lights” by Interpol
Ah yes, Interpol’s “Turn on the Bright Lights,” an album of indie magnitude with wailing guitar leads, thick baritone vocals and choruses that swoosh with just enough energy to stray from the rest of the indie pack.
When Interpol broke out with this album they were more than just another New York City band. “Turn on the Bright Lights” played like a murky soundtrack to a long drive through the fog, but it completely worked. Songs start thin only to escalate into bombarding anthems (“Obstacle 1”), and takes like “Roland” and “PDA” instrumentally pound the listener at blazing speeds. Not only is “Turn on the Bright Lights” Interpol’s best work of art, but it stands as a record, along with The Strokes’ “Is This It,” as a prime example of reinventing the past.
In honor of the albums 10th birthday, Matador is going to release a deluxe version with b-sides, photos and DVD content. It comes out November 20.