Julian Plenti is known to most people for his part in New York post-punk group Interpol. This is his first solo effort and a very average one. Paul Banks explores a wider sound bringing in beautiful Orchestration on 'Skyscraper' and 'On The Esplanade', he also shows a poppier side on the electronic and brass filled 'Unwind'. However ambitious this album is in parts, the lyrics are very weak at times. 'Girl On The Sporting News' is particularly poor with the cringe worthy lines 'Girl on the sporting news, I just wanna tell you one thing, you've got the kind of sex appeal, that doesnt get a guy like me down'. There are a few obvious Interpol-esque songs such as the first two on the record with strong rhythm sections and dominant bass lines. The single 'The Fun That We Have' is full of catchy rhythms and lyrics. Its an interesting record by Paul Banks and shows another side to his musical abilites however it is brought down by its very poor lyrics.
'Julian Plenti Is... Skyscraper' out 3rd August.