Julian Plenti Is...Skyscraper Julian Plenti is actually Paul Banks of Interpol, New York's most stylish indie-rock outfit. On his solo debut, Banks retains Interpol's gloomy atmosphere — one… Julian Plenti Is...Skyscraper Julian Plenti is actually Paul Banks of Interpol, New York's most stylish indie-rock outfit. On his solo debut, Banks retains Interpol's gloomy atmosphere — one… 2009-08-04 Julian Plenti Indie Rock
Music Review

Julian Plenti Is...Skyscraper (2009)

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SKY HIGH Julian Plenti
EW's GRADE
B-

Details Release Date: Aug 04, 2009; Lead Performance: Julian Plenti; Genre: Indie Rock

Julian Plenti is 
actually Paul Banks of Interpol, New York's most stylish indie-rock outfit. On his solo debut, Banks retains Interpol's gloomy atmosphere — one tune is called ''No Chance Survival'' — but exchanges the band's orderly post-punk throb for a scrappier brand of alt-folk introspection. Given his chilly demeanor, Banks makes for an uneasy balladeer, and he sometimes overcompensates with treacly string 
arrangements. But on Skyscraper's dark gems like ''Girl on the Sporting News,'' where a slo-mo beat provides a crucial pulse, he imagines what Cat Power might sound like as a well-dressed dude. B–

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Originally posted Jul 29, 2009 Published in issue #1059 Aug 07, 2009 Order article reprints
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