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Day 203: Interpol – Turn on the Bright Lights

19 Sep

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Gaps. We’ve all got them.  Sometimes, it’s because we were out of the country for a few months.  Perhaps we were in a coma for a year or two.  Personally, my musical gap spans from the beginning of time to 2008, the year that I first really got into music.  That’s a big reason that I started this blog; I couldn’t hold a music-related conversation that went outside late 00’s buzz bands and The White Stripes. That’s a pretty big problem for someone who considers himself a fan of music.  The Swole has helped with the gap, but it’s also taught me that I’m fighting an unwinnable battle.  I can’t listen to it all, no matter how hard I try, and I’d say that I’ve been trying pretty hard.

There are some spots in my gap far more glaring than others, though.  For example, a beloved indie rock record from the early 21st Century gets a higher priority than all of the afro-dub-acid-house that I’ve missed out on.

So why it has taken more than 200 days to get around to Interpol’s Turn on the Bright Lights, I couldn’t tell you.  What I can tell you, however, is that this record is fairly overrated, and possibly seen through a glowing aura of nostalgia by its fans.

Bright Lights is never bad.  Its biggest issue is that it’s never good.  This may be partially due to the fact that I’m listening to it ten years later and completely out of context, but that can’t possibly explain all of the blasé.  The White Stripes and The Strokes, bands of the same era, still sound great today.  I have a nagging suspicion that Interpol’s generic indie rock has always been boring.