First Impressions of Earth review by The Strokes

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  • Released: Dec 30, 2005
  • Sound: 10
  • Lyrics: 9
  • Overall Impression: 9
  • Reviewer's score: 9.3 Superb
  • Users' score: 9.2 (188 votes)
The Strokes: First Impressions of Earth

Sound — 10
Strokes' sound can vary quite a bit which is unique to most bands and artists as they show in their latest album. For example: the first two songs: 'You Only Live Once' and 'Juicebox' a real upbeat tempo style as later on in the album the songs start to weaken but still soothing enough for you to carry on listening. What's maybe also annoying is that in the songs the guitars produce quite normal plain electic sounds, but when performing their guitars sound more electric. As in their performance in Ireland about a week or two ago playing the vibrant song 'last night. But that doesn't really matter much. Most of the time in this album Julian (vocals) sings quite slow meanwhile guitar 1 and 2 and are speeding away sliding up and down the frets, but overall the sound freshens everthing and sometimes really wants to make yor head bob up and down to the beat. And last but not least the drums have a few show-off-what-you-got- times and surely quite advanced.

Lyrics — 9
The lyrics are sometimes steady and sometimes tail off and just one word can actually last about 3-4 seconds frequently. Their realaxing but Julian seems to mumble and mumur most of the time but is still nice in a way as people most of the time like bands that they need to look into and so on mysterious. Mainly thoughts and questions talked about in the vocals their almost just as good as the sound. So still a high nine.

Overall Impression — 9
It does compare to the other albums but I'd say it's their last best album ('last best' making it sound more cheerful). Most impressive songs are probably 'juicebox' apart from the frequent use of the phrase 'your so cold' which is irritating, Red Light, Heart In A Cage, Ize Of The World, You Only Live Once' and 'On The Other Side. There's a New-York-City complete coolness about The Strokes but I have to make clear and confess that this is not their best album.

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    Awesome cd overall... Red Light and Ize of the World are 2 of my... let's see... 13 favorites off of this cd. Julian Casablancas DOES have a good voice.