Sound — 10
Is This It? For the Strokes it very well may be it. Critically this was one of the most hyped up bands and albums since probably Nirvana. Did they live up to the hype. Yes. This is just good old back to the basics Garage Rock and Roll. The early Velvet Underground comparisons are visable but the Strokes clearly have a great taste in music and although they were compared to the VU off the bat I here more Telivision, Stooges, Clash, and Guided By Voices in their music. From start to finish "Is This It" is a great record - especially while cruising late at night in your car. Or possibly high if your into that.
Lyrics — 8
Lyrically good from start to finish. Most of the songs are about relationships and at times you can tell that Julian has the potential to be a really good lyricist. The driving melodies and hooks are what really drives this record though - the hooks on "Barely Legal" and "The Modern Age" are some of the best I've heard in a long while.
Overall Impression — 10
It's been a long ride, but with the late 2001 and into 2002 invasion of the so - called "the" bands I think rock officially is improving for the first time in 7 years or so. Although none of the bands really made a huge dent in the mainstream, they are (White Stripes and Strokes) currently leading Alternative music into smoother waters again. Now will the Vines and Hives follow up albums be able to sustain their first albums like the Stripes and Strokes were able to do?