Interpol: Pieter Van Hattem/CPi
EW Staff
September 18, 2004 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Why we can’t wait to hear Interpol’s latest

New York’s dandiest mopesters claim they’ve made a more optimistic follow-up to their velvety dark 2002 debut, Turn On the Bright Lights. Sure, frontman Paul Banks still warbles like the ghost of Joy Division’s Ian Curtis, but on opening track ”Next Exit,” grinding guitars and rattling tambourines veer into Jesus and Mary Chain territory, while soaring synths make ”Not Even Jail” a surprisingly danceable dirge.

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