Pin It
Favorite

CD Reviews 

by Mike Corrigan and Ted S. McGregor Jr.


Interpol


Antics FOUR STARS


Interpol: too moody for prime time? Maybe. But damn it all to hell, I like moody. So it's a good thing indeed that Antics (Matador), the highly anticipated sophomore effort from this intriguing New York band, represents less of a value shift than a continuation of the atmospheric soundscapes and brooding lyrical moods first expressed on the band's breathtaking 2002 debut, Turn on the Bright Lights. The hymnal opener, "Next Exit," is a gloriously brash and defiant statement of purpose. "Evil" follows, bearing a ferocious tension-and-release dynamic coupled with singer Paul Banks' usual flair for high drama ("Rosemary, heaven restores you in life"). The melodies overall are much more developed on Antics, a progression which lends a welcome buoyancy to subject matter that hovers just a few inches above desperation. The songwriting, though deeply emotional, is also literate and sardonic, resulting in complex and challenging constructions that rattle the rib cage while caressing the cortex. These ten troubling vignettes may be thick with references to isolation and frustration, but within each can also be found a tiny kernel of hope, a plea for communion. -- Mike Corrigan





R.E.M.


Around the Sun TWO STARS


Unlike a lot of my fellow R.E.M.-loving friends, I have stuck with these guys through all the years. But after listening to their latest CD, I'm ready to give up. It's actually become very clear: This isn't R.E.M. anymore. After 1996's underrated


New Adventures in Hi-Fi (one of their best records), drummer Bill Berry left the band for health reasons. That was really the last R.E.M. album. They should call this band the Michael Stipe Project.


Around the Sun is their third original album since Berry's departure, and they keep getting worse. The Michael Stipe Project is a decent band, but it's no R.E.M. "The Outsiders," with rapper Q-Tip, is a cool song, and "Final Straw" is a somewhat affecting take on America under the Patriot Act.


But these songs are too mellow -- nothing like "Orange Crush" here -- and they're filled with drum machines and synthesizers?! The other founding members, Peter Buck and Mike Mills, are barely audible. Without them powering this band, Stipe's songs are pretentious and boring. -- Ted S. McGregor Jr.





Publication date: 10/21/04
  • Pin It

Latest in Comment

  • Fat Cats
  • Fat Cats

    What Larry the Cat and our Congress have in common
    • Jul 21, 2016
  • Comparison Shopping
  • Comparison Shopping

    Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are both candidates for president; that's where the similarities end
    • Jul 21, 2016
  • The Party of Pot
  • The Party of Pot

    Trail Mix: Party platforms and death of the "Never Trumps"
    • Jul 21, 2016
  • More »

Comments

Showing 1-1 of 1

Add a comment

 
Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-1 of 1

Add a comment

Today | Mon | Tue | Wed | Thu | Fri | Sat
Julyamsh

Julyamsh @ Kootenai County Fairgrounds

Through July 24

All of today's events | Staff Picks

Most Commented On

  • Lane Ends Ahead

    Spokane wants to improve a mile-long section of Monroe — but that means taking away two lanes
    • Jul 7, 2016
  • Too Smart for School

    What happens when a 12-year-old prodigy tries to go to college in Spokane?
    • Jun 30, 2016
  • More »

Top Tags in
News & Comment

green zone


marijuana


Briefs


election 2016


trail mix


Readers also liked…

  • America's Largest Hate Group
  • America's Largest Hate Group

    Republicans are lying to people so they can capitalize on fear and hatred
    • Dec 3, 2015
  • Say 'No' to Fear
  • Say 'No' to Fear

    Why Spokane ought to embrace its roots as an immigrant-friendly place
    • Jan 21, 2015

© 2016 Inlander
Website powered by Foundation