There’s a lot to admire but little to love about Interpol’s third album, ‘Our Love to Admire.’ From The Smiths to Joy Division, Interpol has never been shy about wearing its influences on its sleeve, but on its first major-label release the band seems content to duplicate its own material.
‘Admire’ starts off with the haunting ‘Pioneer to the Falls,’ but the album’s first single, the radio-friendly ‘The Heinrich Maneuver,’ catches fire all too briefly.
The lyrically confident ‘Rest My Chemistry’ stands out amidst a handful of mid-album throwaways before the soaring, majestic chords of ‘Wrecking Ball’ lead into album’s dramatic closer, ‘The Lighthouse,’ one of the band’s most ethereal and ambitious songs to date.
Album favors a heavy reliance on keyboards and organic instrumentation, but isn’t nearly as consistent as the group’s smash debut, ‘Turn On the Bright Lights,’ or its worthy follow-up, ‘Antics.’
Interpol may manufacture its sound with assembly-line precision, but ‘Our Love to Admire’ will be enough to tide over diehards. Those who order the album on iTunes are treated to bonus track, ‘Mind Over Time.’