Album Review: "The Other Side of Make-Believe" by Interpol (5/10)

The Other Side of Make-Believe

Matador Records

Producers: Flood and Alan Moulder

Alternative darlings Interpol built their seventh studio album in the midst of the pandemic. Perhaps being forced to collaborate remotely explains why they crafted such a dour dreamscape. That the tracks often feel strikingly similar compounds the problem. Bathing in sonic fuzz soothes the soul, but the trio’s shoe gaze, too-cool-for-school angle wears thin fast. What some might find theatrical or existential makes it difficult for others to pierce their artistic veil.