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Thursday, August 02, 2007

Playing Catch-Up

Sometimes there is just not enough time in a day. Here are some albums that were released in July that I never got around to reviewing, along (very) brief reviews.

Interpol: "Our Love to Admire"
Interpol's first album, "Turn On the Bright Lights" was an amazing debut album. Their next album was unfortunately the bearer of the "sophomore slump" label. If "Our Love to Admire" is any indication of what any future records will sound like, perhaps it's best to just label their first as "The One They Got Lucky On." This album is full of your standard Interpol instrumentation and rock-centric songs, but it lacks the passion and drive of their debut and can't even compare to their mediocre second. Paul Banks' voice is robotic and unaffecting throughout every second of this poor effort. There are very few redeeming qualities about it, and I have trouble recommending it to anyone who isn't a die hard Interpol fan.

4 out of 10 Stars

Gogol Bordello: "Super Taranta!"
Let's be honest. No one actually listens to Gogol Bordello because they genuinely dig the music. Sure, the gypsy-punk sound of this band of misfits is cool at first but it's been about a decade since they burst onto the scene. It's just annoying now. Granted, the band is talented and the music is cool to show off to your friends every now and then. But in the end, Gogol Bordello is just a flat-out chore to listen to because you're just not that into the music. I'm sure there is 1% of the population out there that can actually get into an album like "Super Taranta!" But for the rest of society, the album and the band can really only serve as an occasional diversion from the most boring of days.

5 out of 10 Stars

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