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Antics (album)

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Studio album by
ReleasedSeptember 27, 2004
RecordedMarch – May 2004
StudioTarquin Studios, Bridgeport
Interpol chronology
The Black EP
Interpol Remix
Singles from Antics
  1. "Slow Hands"
    Released: August 16, 2004[1]
  2. "Evil"
    Released: January 3, 2005[1]
  3. "C'mere"
    Released: April 11, 2005[1]
  4. "Narc"
    Released: June 1, 2005[1]

Antics is the second studio album by American rock band Interpol, released on September 27, 2004 by Matador Records. Upon its release, the album peaked at number fifteen on the Billboard 200 and number 21 on the UK Albums Chart, and went on to sell over 488,001 copies in the United States.[2] It received generally favorable reviews from critics, many of whom named it one of the best albums of 2004, and was later certified gold by the RIAA in 2009.[3] Four singles were released from the album: "Slow Hands", "Evil", "C'mere", and "Narc".


Morse code is used in several places throughout the album's packaging, continuing the nautical themes found in a few of the tracks' lyrics ("Take You on a Cruise", "Public Pervert", "A Time to Be So Small"). Code for the word "antics" is used on the back panel of the slipcase, as well as in the booklet; other words included in code are "length", "narc", "cruise", and "exit". Photography of the band used in the interior of the album was produced by Ami Barwell.[4]


Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Review scores
AllMusic3.5/5 stars[6]
Blender3/5 stars[7]
Entertainment WeeklyB+[8]
The Guardian4/5 stars[9]
Los Angeles Times2.5/4 stars[10]
Q4/5 stars[13]
Rolling Stone4/5 stars[14]

Upon its release, the album received very positive reviews, with a Metascore of 80 out of 100 ("generally favorable reviews") from Metacritic.[5] E! Online gave it an A and said, "There's something totally irresistible about Antics: The air of mystery, the bleak but hopeful arrangements and the melodies so sharp and moving that they might inspire a night of heroic partying."[5] Josh Modell of The A.V. Club gave it a favorable review and said that the album "may be predictable, but if predictable means rock-solid and mostly magnificent, why bother asking for more?"[16] Mikael Wood of The Village Voice also gave it a favorable review and said, "What makes Antics such an improvement over Bright Lights is how capable Interpol have become at complementing Banks's lovely ambiguity with an increasingly precise post-punk throb."[17] Dan Tallis of BBC Music likewise gave it a favorable review and said, "What's inescapable is that Antics does sound similar to Turn On the Bright Lights. This is despite the drummer's attempt to lift the gloom by introducing a poppy, even dance drum beat during two or three tracks. [...] However, this record has been widely praised. The difference is that Interpol have progressed. The band haven't repeated the formula, they've improved upon it."[18]

Dave Simpson of The Guardian gave it four stars out of five, and said it "manages to dabble with tension and still emerge with something life-affirming."[19] Uncut also gave it four stars out of five and called it "exhilarating, morbid, romantic, cool".[20] The NME gave it a score of eight out of ten, and called it "an album scored through with a vehement beauty that, with each listen, becomes all the more acute for its unwillingness to shy away from life's bleaker, more painful moments."[5] Jennifer Nine of Yahoo! Music UK gave it a score of eight stars out of ten and called it "a suppler record than its older brother, largely avoiding the skittish tempos of Turn On... tracks like "Roland" in favour of elegant curves and harmonies [...] though the road-honed likes of "Slow Hands" and "Not Even Jail" still hit bruisingly hard."[21] Similarly, Under the Radar gave it eight stars out of ten, and said that while it is "ultimately a more sophisticated record, it's probably a less obvious one, too."[5] Merek Cooper of Playlouder likewise gave it four stars out of five and said that Interpol "no longer rely on dense production and atmospherics, because they don’t need to: Antics is bare-boned and beautiful."[22] Billboard gave it a favorable review and called it "even better [than Bright Lights], possibly because the band isn't trying so hard to be weird."[23] Salvatore Ciolfi of PopMatters also gave it eight stars out of ten and said, "Altogether, the album's feel is much more lively, bouncy, and accessible, and in combination with the band's ubiquitous ambient underpinnings, the upbeat tone often makes this collection inspiring."[24] Bobby Mann of Flak Magazine also gave it a favorable review and said that "Interpol is less indebted to its influences, creating a distinct sound from the distinguishing characteristics that drew those comparisons in the first place."[25]

Other reviews were average or mixed: Blender gave the album a score of three stars out of five, and called it "Less lugubrious and more melodic than [Bright Lights], but the improvement is marginal."[5] Amneziak of Tiny Mix Tapes also gave it three stars out of five and called it "Very straightforward Interpol-lite."[26] Mark Richardson of Paste likewise gave the album three stars out of five and said that its songs "feel heavy and significant enough--due to dynamic production and hooky choruses--even if we don't know exactly what they mean."[27] The New York Times gave it an average review and called it "fairly uneven".[5] Andre Perry of Crawdaddy! gave the album a mixed review and said, "I'd be overstating myself to posit Antics as a wholly offensive listening experience. Yes, I get it: this record actually sounds okay when it's being played in the background at a house party or at the rock 'n' roll bar. But that's as good as it gets: background music."[28] Los Angeles Times gave the album two-and-a-half stars out of four and said, "The band works too hard to seem mysterious."[5] Christopher Gray of The Austin Chronicle gave it two-and-a-half stars out of five, and said that if the album "doesn't exactly blaze off in bold new directions, it does offer an opportunity for Interpol to do some fine-tuning (not that they need much) and settle comfortably into their black, velvet-lined pocket."[29] Robert Christgau of the Village Voice named "Next Exit" as the only good song on the album.[30]


Publication Accolade Rank
Pitchfork 'Top 50 Albums of 2004' #27[31]
cokemachineglow 'Top 50 Albums of 2004' #12[32]
Junkmedia 'Top 10 Albums of 2004' #7[33]
Spin 'Top 40 Albums of 2004' #9[34]
Under the Radar 'Best Albums of 2004' #2[35]
Rolling Stone 'Best Albums of 2004' No order[36]
Tiny Mix Tapes 'Best Albums of 2004' #16[37]
No Ripcord 'Top 50 Albums of 2004' #3[38]
Q 'Top 50 Albums of 2004' #10[39]
Drowned in Sound 'Records of the Year' #1[40]
OneThirtyBPM 'Top 100 Albums of the 2000s' #87[41]
Treble 'Best Albums of the 00's' #87[42]
Delusions of Adequacy 'Top 100 Albums of the 2000s' #90[43]
NME '500 Greatest Albums of All Time' #410[44]

Track listing

All tracks are written by Interpol.

1."Next Exit"3:20
4."Take You on a Cruise"4:54
5."Slow Hands"3:04
6."Not Even Jail"5:46
7."Public Pervert"4:40
9."Length of Love"4:06
10."A Time to Be So Small"4:50
Total length:41:39

Bonus tracks on Japanese release

Bonus disc on reissue

  1. "Song Seven" – 4:52
  2. "Narc [Paul Banks Remix]" – 2:39
  3. "Not Even Jail [Daniel Kessler Remix]" – 5:41
  4. "Fog Vs. Mould for the Length of Love" – 7:48
  5. "Public Pervert [Carlos D Remix]" – 8:08
  6. "Slow Hands [Video]" – 3:07
  7. "Evil [Video]" – 3:38
  8. "C'Mere [Video]" – 3:30

Bonus disc on Japanese 2005 reissue

  1. "Fog Vs. Mould for the Length of Love" – 7:50
  2. "Narc [Paul Banks Remix]" – 2:39
  3. "Not Even Jail [Daniel Kessler Remix]" – 5:41
  4. "Public Pervert [Carlos D Remix]" – 8:11
  5. "Slow Hands [Dan the Automator Remix]" – 4:06
  6. "Slow Hands [Britt Daniel Remix]" – 3:46
  7. "Narc [Eden Session]" – 4:08
  8. "Slow Hands" (Video) – 3:07
  9. "Evil" (Video) – 3:38
  10. "C'mere" (Video) – 3:30
  11. "PDA" (Live Footage) – 6:04
  12. "Slow Hands" (Live Footage) – 3:03

Release details

Country Date Label Format Catalog number
United Kingdom September 27, 2004 Matador LP OLE6161
CD OLE6162
United States September 28, 2004 Matador LP OLE6161
CD OLE6162
Japan October 6, 2004 Toshiba-EMI CD TOCP 66323
United States August 23, 2005 Matador Bonus CD OLE6792



International Chart Positions[45]
Year Chart Position
2004 U.S. Billboard 200 15
2004 U.S. Top Independent Albums 1
2004 U.S. Top Internet Albums 15
2004 UK Albums Chart 21
2004 Australian ARIA Albums Chart 21
2004 Mexican Albums Chart 21
2004 Mexican International Albums Chart 10
2004 German Albums Chart 47
2004 Ireland Albums Chart 10
2004 France Albums Chart 11
2004 World Albums Chart 15
2004 New Zealand Albums Chart 16
2004 Norway Albums Chart 28
2004 Belgium Albums Chart 46
2004 Dutch Albums Chart 34
2004 Sweden Albums Chart 35
2004 Finland Albums Chart 36
2004 Swiss Albums Chart 99


Year Song Chart Position
2004 "Slow Hands" U.S. Modern Rock Tracks (Billboard) 15
2005 "Evil" U.S. Modern Rock Tracks (Billboard) 24
2005 "C'mere" European Hot 100 Singles 67


Certifications and sales

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA)[46] Gold 35,000^
Belgium (BEA)[47] Gold 25,000*
Mexico (AMPROFON)[49] N/A 20,000[48]
United Kingdom (BPI)[50] Gold 100,000^
United States (RIAA)[52] Gold 501,000[51]

^shipments figures based on certification alone


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