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By the NME...
'Relentless guitar'-what does that even mean?
And Banks' lyrics make even less sense written down, so this review is almost completely pointless.
are always kind of pointless, in my opinion.
they're like anti-music journalism. what's the value in foregrounding first impressions within the context of analysis when you know from experience they're almost always misleading?
i'm all for making reference to first impressions as part of an overall review, but building a stand-alone piece out of them is not something I find useful.
that 'relentless guitar' means a la 'Mammoth', say... "Non-stop guitar that builds and builds increasing the tension within the piece" might be my pretentious-sounding but thoroughly tongue-in-cheek layman's translation. A good hole picked, nonetheless.
I thought the lyrics that he quoted sound like Banks's most accessible yet, but I guess that's subjective.
As to 'First listens' in general - I agree, they are perhaps pretty pointless/misleading/whatever. I thought I'd draw attention to it though as there seems a mild amount of anticipation on here towards the new Interpol record. Considering it's the NME, I think the guy's piece is pretty balanced/neutral/almost positive-sounding and reading it certainly increased my anticipation of the album.
but I've never found their writing to be anything less than very good. (Those few times I've read it.) This piece was exceptionally well written. I like the new song Barricade, and I'm looking forward to Interpol back on form. (Though OLTA wasn't nearly as bad as folks make it out to be.)
I didn't like OLTA as much after the first few listens, but Pioneer To The Fall is probably one of the best songs they've done. I haven't listened to the new song yet; it's one of those albums I want to wait to hear in full, instead of hearing snippets.