Album Review: Interpol's 'Interpol' album will satisfy fans, but can it convert new one?
"I'm a good guy," sings Paul Banks on the opener "Success" to Interpol's self-titled Matador effort. As the song -- and the rest of the album -- unravels, it turns into a statement of good intentions at its best and utter sarcasm at its worst. Later, Banks laments in splendid "Always Malaise (The Man I Am)," requesting release from his lover: "It pains me to say / And I'll do what I can / because that's the man I am."
There's a lot of that on "Interpol," a dark swirl of earnestness and outright hostility, between bars of the band's signature blend of oscillating, reverbed guitars, now-departed bassist Carlos D's heavy bars and those repeating four or five notes that Banks deadpans throughout.