Album Review: Interpol – Marauder

Adam Sapit, Entertainment Editor

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After a four-year dry spell from Interpol, the NYC-native indie rock band returned to writing music. They released their 6th studio album Marauder on August 24. They have been working on this album for two years.

Marauder opened to mostly favorable reviews, averaging around an 80% or a B on some accredited review sites. Pitchfork, a music news and review site, mentions that Interpol’s sound is “stuck in time”. Consequence of Sound mentions that Marauder’s sound is compromised by over-prominent drums due to poor mixing.

At first listen, I can see what Consequence of Sound meant. The mixing of the drums is distracting. In regards to the overall atmosphere of the album, Marauder is spacy and atmospheric.

I can enjoy Marauder, but I find it to be uncreative and tiring. Their style has only slightly changed from other albums in their discography.

I’d much rather prefer their debut album. At that time, Interpol was new and the musical atmosphere was completely different than it is today, allowing them to gain some traction in the industry.

The first track on the album (and seemingly most popular song on the album), “If You Really Love Nothing”, is soft and emotional. This track was released as one of three singles for Marauder. This song is most likely about a relationship gone sour. The lyrics are repetitive for the first half of the song, using the same bars for the first two verses. “If You Really Love Nothing” is exactly what you would expect from an indie band, and this also goes for most of the tracks on Marauder.

“Number 10” is the second single from Marauder. The song starts out with a 50-second guitar riff, then explodes into the verses of the song. This track especially is where poor mixing comes into play. The drums on this track sound claustrophobic and overly-compressed. I couldn’t really hear the vocals or any other instrument for that matter. Looking at the lyrics, it seems like this track is about keeping secrets, but it also seems that there’s some nonsensical, meaningless lyrics also thrown in as filler. This track has a playtime of just over three minutes, making it seem too short of a song without any buildup.

“The Rover” was the first single released from Marauder. If I were to pick out of these three tracks, this one would have to be my favorite. Again, like previous tracks, the mixing of the drums is distracting but not as bad here as with other tracks. You’re able to hear more of the instruments played, but the vocals are drained out more in comparison. I really enjoy what they were trying to do with the instrumentation, however. This gives me vibes of what classic Interpol was like.

The rest of Marauder consists of what I consider to be mediocre tracks trying to reminisce on prior albums. Personally, I’d really enjoy the album if there was some more consideration in the songwriting and mixing aspects. Interpol has released some strong albums in years past, my favorite being Turn On The Bright Lights.

Overall, Marauder is nothing special. I’d give this album a 6/10. There was some effort put into Marauder, but not enough.

 

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