Who out there was clamoring for a new Interpol album in 2014? I know I wasn’t, and yet, here we are. It’s called El Pintor and it sounds a lot like the Interpol that broke out in 2002 with Turn on the Bright Lights, a collection of gloomy, glassy-eyed tunes that sounded like Joy Division hanging out with Joy Division and listening to Joy Division records. Since, Interpol has lost a bassist and released its second, third, and fourth (who knew?!) records. The fifth, El Pintor, rumbles with all of the band’s sonic trademarks: Paul Banks’ dark and deadpan sing-sneer, headstrong post-punk bass lines, and Daniel Kessler’s laser-guided guitar slicing through the tension. El Pintor isn’t perfect by any means, but it moves with the momentum of a band with lessons in the bank and some life left to give. Good for them. BEN SALMON
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