For all the self-conscious posturing and the fawning media coverage, the fact remains that Interpol's 'Turn On The Bright Lights' has been one of the most impressive debuts of the century thus far. As much a new wave album as a post-punk one, the prospect of that difficult follow-up must have been daunting for the group. 'Antics' provides the answer; essentially a refinement of the predecessor and there's even an argument that each song follows roughly the same formula: Paul Banks' Ian Curtis meets Gary Numan vocals, menacing verses building up to a chorus made up of guitars and rhythm section that drive and grind to a bruised yet euphoric climax. Nevertheless, though they seem to have one trick, it's a thrilling trick. 'Narc's hypnotic guitar riff, the beautifully sad 'Take You On A Cruise' and the great, droning finale 'A Time To Be So Small' are particularly gripping. The rest is merely very good and Interpol are still deserving of the attention they receive.