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#121
I really like Darkness a lot. There's a feeling of youth to it, of innocent joy that really hearkens back to Is This It. The video for it is pretty cool too.

You're So Right just sounds like them doing an extra from Julians solo album, I don't like it much.

Life is Simple In The Moonlight is really good though, at first it sounded to me like anybody could sing that; it's a little deadpan I mean, but if you listen closely you can hear that Julian has that shit on lockdown. Very Doors-y on the choruses too, I think.

All of that pretty much mirrors what I think about the album, I think it will have some really good songs and some disappointments. They still have some great records ahead of them, I think.

Valensi is really interesting as a lead guitarist by the way, The Strokes are considered "the saviors of indie rock", and here he is practically shredding on SNL. His note choice is really interesting though, it always has been but it's getting progressively more unique (see: Under Cover of Darkness).
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#122
I've only heard UCoD and I'm honestly scared to listen to more. I've been a fan since the beginning, and I can say I don't really like the new sound. I miss Is This It/Room on Fire-era sounds, and I'm sure I'm not the only one.
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#123
I've heard two songs, my god. Do not want. Which is a shame because Is This It? is one of my all-time favorite records.
#124
Angles will for sure be different from is this it or room on fire. It sounds alot like Julian's solo work, which wasnt too bad. Anything's better than that piece of shit called first impressions of earth
#125
I loved Under Cover Of Darkness. I'm a sucker for the suspended chords, and Julian's voice sounds great. I'm hoping the rest of it is as good.

I love basically everything the Strokes have done.
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#126
the whole thing leaked, and i cant say i care for it


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#127
Quote by asator
I loved Under Cover Of Darkness. I'm a sucker for the suspended chords, and Julian's voice sounds great. I'm hoping the rest of it is as good.

I love basically everything the Strokes have done
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I would have never guessed. This makes me so happy

I like Is This It? the best, followed by First Impressions of Earth. It had some filler on it, but the good songs were really, really good. Room On Fire is like a lazy version of Is This It?.
Last edited by due 07 at Mar 14, 2011,
#128
Quote by due 07
I would have never guessed. This makes me so happy

I like Is This It? the best, followed by First Impressions of Earth. It had some filler on it, but the good songs were really, really good. Room On Fire is like a lazy version of Is This It?.

I don't just listen to hardcore, pop punk and emo...

But yeah Room On Fire is probably my favourite because I got it first and loved it when it came out. Then I like Is This It, then First Impressions. I still love all of them though. Need to check out the new album.
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#129
"Two Kinds Of Happiness" is biiiiiiitchin'.
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#130
the whole album leaked, listened to it last night.
seriously the album is like st anger and chinese democracy, one huge let down after another, and the sad part is, the hype surrounding this record is nowhere near the hype surrounding their first record which definitely lived up to expectations.
under cover of darkness was very optimistic as a lead single because it promised the fans a return to their garage rock roots, but the rest of the album sounds nothing like UCoD.

reinvention was definitely not a good idea.

one of the reviews i read contained an interview where one of them claims that the songs sound messy and dissonant because everyone was just trying ridiculously hard to jam it with their own influences and inputs, rather than just have one lead song writer. why cant they just like, all write a few songs each and not mess with each others' creations?
#131
@^This guy

You know, the issue with putting out amazing first albums is that you get people who compare everything from that point on to the first. Unless there's a legitimate reason to compare, then there should be no comparison.

The Strokes have changed a lot from their garage rock roots, and if you're going to compare everything to Is This It, you're never going to be satisfied again.

My thoughts, as a fan of a band, you need to place each album as its own piece of art. Pretend that every album, single, or EP is the first thing the band has made. Drawing empty comparisons to their now distant first album is useless.

I'm about to go listen to the new album and judge it for myself.
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#132
Quote by misterfarenheit
why cant they just like, all write a few songs each and not mess with each others' creations?


I'm sure they are at the point in their career where they couldn't give less fucks about trying to make a record their old fans will swoon over. Each member adding their own part in a song is probably much more fun for them.


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I don't just listen to hardcore, pop punk and emo...


Yeah, whatever you have to tell yourself...
Last edited by due 07 at Mar 14, 2011,
#133
Just listened to Angles this morning and...Wow am I dissapointed. With "Under Cover Of Darkness", My hopes were extremely high but as a single entity, this album can't be described as anything but mediocre. I'm not a fairweather fan who just wants them "To go back to the first album" but to me this Album has no cohesion whatsoever and comes off like a "Last Hurrah" album full of covers ranging Anywhere from Thin Lizzy to Vampire Weekend-Covering Peter Gabriel to Radiohead to...themselves. That final statement of them sounding like a cover band of themselves at times is not meant in a good way at all, Once you start hearing self-plagiarism, its basically time to jump the shark.

The saddest part is the fact that Under Cover Of Darkness, one of the better Rock Songs you'll hear floating around the mainstream, is now going to get drowned out by the backlash from this album and simply won't get the respect it deserves. I could go on longer but I respect this bands previous works too much to harp into everything I dislike about it so I'll move on to the positive.

Much like FIOE, It still has its bright points and some single songs I'll listen to semi-often. "Two Kinds Of Happiness" and "Gratisfaction" are solid tracks and the aforementioned "Under Cover Of Darkness" is brilliant. Pretty much all the positive I can say .
#135
Is This It is my favorite record.

That being said, I like the new album. I'm not crazy about it, but I wasn't expecting another one of their early albums. Life is Simple in The Moonlight, Under Cover of Darkness, Two Kinds of Happiness and Taken For a Fool are some of my favorite songs. I like Gratisfaction a lot too, the chorus works well for them.
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#136
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lollin' at y'all. stuck in the past. this record is good.

What he said.

This album sounds like it would fit right in with the new-wave trend from the 80s. Which is awesome. No, it does not sound like Is This It, but it is still a catchy-as-eff record.
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#137
I downloaded it last night. I just don't jive with this kind of music too much. I mean, for the style, it was some of the best I've heard, but I prefer more stripped down music for the most part. So I'm not blaming the record for me hating it. Like I don't think it's BAD, it's just not what I would listen to.
#139
1- Is This It
2- First Impressions Of Earth
3- Angles
4- Room On Fire

On Is This It, pretty much all of the songs are great
First Impressions Of Earth, is nice. My favorite song from them is Ize Of The World. And it has some nice songs in it too.
Angles is decent. UCoD, Gratisfaction and Metabolism are my favourites
Room On Fire is my less favourite, but it has a few good songs.
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#142
I really like it, actually. :/
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#143
I like it. I like them all, don't really have a favourite, I'll happily whack any of them on any time.
#144
They're starting work on their next album in April it looks like. So I guess they won't tour behind this one then? I was looking forward to shelling out for pit tickets (though a theater tour would be ideal, as unlikely as it is)

http://www.xfm.co.uk/news/2011/strokes-to-return-to-studio-next-month
http://www.nme.com/news/the-strokes/55702
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#145
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They're starting work on their next album in April it looks like. So I guess they won't tour behind this one then? I was looking forward to shelling out for pit tickets (though a theater tour would be ideal, as unlikely as it is)

http://www.xfm.co.uk/news/2011/strokes-to-return-to-studio-next-month
http://www.nme.com/news/the-strokes/55702


Seems like the consensus in the band camp is that angles was a misfire.
Nice they're trying again but my good will for this band expired quite a while ago.
#147
Angles took me a few listens to really appreciate, and listening to it a few times, most of those songs are really good tunes (the only one that I can't get into at all is Metabolism). It's honestly not a horrible record, I just wish it didn't sound so damn robotic.
#148
I like Angles. Especially because half of it sounds like an Elvis Costello album, and the other half is still better than First Impressions Of Earth...
I saw The Strokes at MSG on April 1, btw. Definitely a good show, and I would totally see them live again.
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#149
Still don't like Angles, but I still haven't given it too much of a chance. I liked all of the first two albums and about 2/3rds of First Impressions.
#151
I think your rating is way too high and your review doesn't really justify a 9.5 rating as well. Other than that you did a pretty good job. You didn't go overboard with comparing it to Is This it like many of the other reviews I've read.
#153
The Strokes are literally my favorite band of all time. They never cease to amaze me. I'd say my favorite album is probably Room on Fire, but every album is fantastic. The songs Someday, Red Light, 12:51, Under Cover of Darkness, Gratisfaction, and I Can't Win are some of my favorites at the moment. Also, Modern Girls and Old Fashion Men, which is their song with Regina Spektor - If you haven't heard it, I suggest you look it up immediately
#154
This album has grown on me. It still has the badass garage rocky guitar parts, but they're merged with synthy sonuding stuff, and it's a great product I think. When I first listened to some songs from it I was like WTF is this shit. Maybe i've just been brainwashed from hearing Taken For A Fool a bunch on alternative radio, but that song is so awesome. It's not a perfect album, but it's really really good. I'm just really digging the catchiness.

I don't understand all the hate for it (like pitchfork, gtfo pitchfork).
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#155
I've been listening to The Strokes quite a bit recently. Since you like it, I'll give the new album yet another shot. I was in a weird music listening phase when I first listened to it and was totally put off by the fact that it wasn't as stripped down as their other stuff. I just might love it this time around, though.
#156
It's definitely a different sound. But at it's core, it's still Strokesy. It's just really catchy and there's more going on than just guitar, bass, drums, and vocals which is something newish from them. It's more expansive I guess.

I really didn't like it when I first listened to it, but sometimes the best albums are the ones you hate at first.
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#157
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I really didn't like it when I first listened to it, but sometimes the best albums are the ones you hate at first.

Absolutely. I find that albums I just love right away get boring quickly. The ones that have to grow on you are the ones that stick with you.
#158
I dunno, I was instantly enamored with Angles. It's no Is This It, but nothing ever will be. It's just a damn good record in my opinion. It'sa happy medium between The Strokes and Julian Casablancas' solo stuff.
#159
I listened to Angles again; I still don't care for it much, but I was able to get all the way through it. The melodies just aren't up to par.
#160
I love the strokes. Is this it is great, the other three aren't bad either. Everytime I hear macchu picchu I love the way it sounds even more.