For people of a certain age Interpol's Turn On The Bright Lights meant a hell of a lot. That fact alone means it's hard to be objective about this 10th anniversary deluxe edition of the album.

This was a band who created a dark, immersive and highly stylised sonic world that I, for one, lived in for nearly a whole year, and still repeatedly return to. They took elements of krautrock, post punk and 80s indie (notably The Smiths) to create an album which was a heightened version of all those elements.

In the shadow created by 9/11 it seemed to make more sense – and was more interesting - than anything The Strokes, Kings Of Leon or bands of that ilk were doing. It was something altogether more literate, more mysterious and something that had so much more emotional resonance.

Because, despite the black suits, sunglasses and not-a-hair-out-of-place coiffed locks, it was instantly apparent after the first listen that this band was about so much more than mere style.

This was a debut full of paranoia and lust that was made unique by the band's ability to conjure up real atmospheric melancholy with the darkly oblique, sometimes nonsensical, lyrics delivered by Paul Banks like a doleful robot.

It made Bright Lights something unique: the hypnotic, shimmering guitars of 'Untitled'; the dark swathes of sadness and waltz of 'NYC'; the dramatic falling-down-a hill-backwards-arms-flailing guitar part of 'The New' and the lonely ache of 'Leif Erikson'. Every single track throbbed with gloomy majesty.

It felt so personal to the listener (to me at least) that you could never have imagined 'PDA' being used years later in the Rock Band videogame. Indeed, it was so affecting that it was even possible to forgive lyrics like "Her stories are boring and stuff. She's always calling my bluff." (In fact that was one of the lyrics on the album I came to love).

But, I suppose, you know all of this. Though the album is fully remastered what most of you want to know is what makes this edition worth my time? As with many of these deluxe packages, this repackaging shows the evolution of the songs that made the album.

And even that seems strange. Because to me this was an album that seemed to appear fully formed, draped in its alluring darkness. Yet as guitarist Daniel Kessler wrote recently in a message to fans, these songs didn't materialize overnight. "We had waited close to five years for the opportunity to record an album. We never had any expectations for how the album would be received. We just wanted to present our music as an album to anyone who would be open to hearing it."

So we get to glimpse into the inner workings of the songs, thinner and scratchier here and with that je ne sais quoi missing. What's intriguing is to join up the dots and find where that spark came from. We get to listen to lighter, less dynamic versions of 'PDA' and 'Roland' from 2001's 'First Demo'. There are other tracks too like 'Precipitate', and the original versions of 'Song Seven' and 'A Time To Be So Small' from 2002's 'Second Demo'. The guttural screams on 'Get The Girls /Song 5' from the first EP are particularly remarkable and sound something approaching Doolittle-era Pixies.

Then there are also b-sides like 'Specialist' (is that the best b-side of the last ten years?) and 'Interlude'. And there are Peel sessions that allow us to witness the band growing in confidence, starting to reproduce the rich textures of the album.

The DVD of a show from L.A.'s Troubadour in September 2002 shows the band looking young and moody – with Carlos D even then prowling the stage, smoking - and features a mesmerising performance of 'Untitled' as well as an intense 'Roland'. The booklet meanwhile provides a series of intimate photos - as you could guess it's full of Polaroids in moody black and white.

Together they provide a snapshot of a band growing up and, though for non-fanatics they may not be essential, what they help to do is what this album did so well. That is, they capture the essence of something - and in doing so, with Turn on The Bright Lights, the band created a landmark record, something that has truly passed the test of time.

Original album: 9/10

Extras: 7/10