Phrazes For The Young review by Julian Casablancas

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  • Released: Nov 3, 2009
  • Sound: 8
  • Lyrics: 9
  • Overall Impression: 8
  • Reviewer's score: 8.3 Superb
  • Users' score: 9.8 (16 votes)
Julian Casablancas: Phrazes For The Young

Sound — 8
The Stroke's singer's solo project. It feels very different from the Strokes, very electronic. Think of it as like First Impressions, with more synth and electric keyboards. There are very catchy songs on here, like Left and Right in the Dark, and 11th Dimension. River of Brakelights sounds like Juicebo from First Impressions. Ludlow Street has a very countryesque feel to it. I found that overall, the new instrumental style actually helped support the melodies better than the Strokes straightforward rock. My only disclaimer is that at times the keyboard/synth melodies sound out of place.

Lyrics — 9
Julian is a great singer and this album showcases his skill. He is able to make exceptional melodies, like in 11th Dimension, 4 Chords of the Apocalypse and River of Brakelights. His lyrics are conventional lyrics, but there are some memorable lines in the album. The lyrics match the music's mood quite well. The upbeat songs have happy lyrics and the somber songs are matched by more solemn subjects. I think overall, the lyrics were great.

Overall Impression — 8
The album is very different from the Strokes, and if you were expecting that coming, be prepared. It has a techno feel, and is like an extension of Ask Me Anything from First Impressions of Earth. Exceptional songs are Left and Right in the Dark and 11th Dimension. This is essentially showing what Julian could do if he was let to run a musical project, and it's great, but I'm not into the new electronic sound he's created. If it were lost or stolen, I'd be happy for the person who stole it but I'd most likely just go and buy the new Strokes CD coming out next year.

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