Sound — 10
Antics is Interpols second album, the follow up to 2003's Turn On The Bright Lights. Antics is a far less sombre outing, using pop hooks in songs like Evil and C'mere to embellish their already brilliant songwritng. Interpol is a NYC band, like the Strokes except with far deeper vocals, imaginative and captivating lyrics and creative drumwork. The sound is driven along by Carlos D's seductive bassowrk and Sam Fogarinos banging drumwork, and embellished by Daniel Kessler and Paul Banks riffs, swaying from distorted power chords to elegaic riffs.
Lyrics — 10
Paul Banks voice, and indeed the entire band has been compared against Joy Division. Banks does have a similar voice, yet his lyrics are beyond belief. Take you on a Cruise, possibly the song that recalls Turn on the Bright Lights most on the record, tells a story of a man chasing a woman on a boat. A Time to be so Small is about a father and son arguing which appears to get malicious, and C'mere is the only real love song on the record; "The trouble is that you're in love with someone else". Banks powerful delivery, even when talking slow like on Narc, gives every track a passion vital to its brilliance.
Overall Impression — 10
Interpol is my favourite band. My favourite tracks were A Time To Be So Small, Evil and Take You On A Cruise. Antics is not as emotional or immense as Turn on The Bright Lights, but is still one of the best rock releases of 2004.