Friday 24 November 2017

The essential Paul Banks

Paul Banks's self-titled album will be the sixth record to be released by this comparatively prolific singer in the past 10 years. His best work is highly rewarding -- but tread carefully, his quality control button has proved to be defective in the past.

Of the four Interpol albums, the latter two are decidedly patchy efforts. The bloated Our Love to Admire and the frequently listless last album, Interpol, found the band struggling to match their early releases -- despite what Banks may insist today.

Their reputation as exceptional post punk revivalists with commercial aspirations rests with their first two albums, 2002's Turn On The Bright Lights, and its 2004 follow-up Antics.

Although Banks loathes the comparison, their debut album has echoes of Joy Division's dark worldview and his baritone is not a million miles from that of Ian Curtis.

Antics offers a more beefed-up sound, appropriate for a band who found themselves on the arena circuit quicker than expected.

His solo debut, Julian Plenti is Skyscraper, released under the Julian Plenti moniker, saw the singer wrong-foot his critics.

Those Curtis-comparisons weren't nearly as obvious, although his lyric-writing left a little to be desired.

How about this from Girl from the Sporting News: "You've got the kind of sex appeal that doesn't get a guy like me down."

Bob Dylan can rest easy.

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