Review: El Pintor by Interpol

El Pintor by InterpolIt’s been a weird few years for Interpol. Their last, eponymous album wasn’t received as enthusiastically; their bassist soon left the band; and the guys seemed to be in a state of flux. Now Paul Banks is assuming bass duties, and the band returns with El Pintor, which frankly isn’t the spectacular comeback some might hope. It is, by all means, your usual Interpol album: slight influences of Echo and the Bunnymen and their ilk, added with some New York shine. It is, of course, still distinctly Interpol, despite bands like White Lies taking on their sound in the past few years. El Pintor is, ultimately, a stabilizing force: it is Interpol getting their bearings back and doing what they do best. And maybe try a few new things here and there – “Tidal Wave” has an unusual flourish, while “My Desire” is a slow burner that should sound good live. [NB] | 4/5

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