These days, Edwards is slowly pulling himself out of the emotional depths that garnered his early My Dad is Dead records comparisons to Joy Division. The song titles hint at domestic acceptance, but Edwards' amazing wordplay still adds layers of confusion. "This house is a sanctuary . . . this world is a mortuary" he sings on "Oasis." Somewhere, his private hell is still smoking.
The music, though, can be downright heavenly. The hooks in "My Safe Place" and "The Ladder" have the transcendent gleam of prime Sugar. Angry sentiments and slamming drums ("Once You Know"), a speedy rant ("Consequences"), and a twinkling stroll ("Oasis") mingle with the rest of his dour daydreams with an ease that Interpol has yet to master.