it took me a long time to realise it; in fact, it took seeing them live last year and watching the band perform tracks off this album with incredible power. And it wasn't the singles either, I'm talking about 'NARC' and 'Take You on a Cruise' and 'Not Even Jail'.
It was always going to be difficult to follow up such an incredible debut record as 'Turn on the Bright Lights' 2001's sleeper hit and was mostly ignored due to their OTHER New York indie pop peers of the time and THEIR fairly revolutionary record 'Is This It?' but they did. Interpol's follow up record is a stunning piece which, although may not have matched the dizzying atmosphere of their debut, easily managed to make up for in big choruses and cleverly written pop songs rivaling Sonic Youth or The Smiths, shame Arcade Fire's 'Funeral' was just around the corner eh?