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Album Review

A mix of quintessential Strokes songs and daring experimentation, First Impressions of Earth features "You Only Live Once," which is everything a fan could want from a Strokes song: a joyful melody, skipping rhythm, and cheerfully snotty lyrics. "Juicebox," meanwhile, mixes a bassline nicked from the "Peter Gunn Theme" and ragged grunge before landing on a soaring chorus; love it or hate it, the song has unforgettable boldness and creativity. While jaded lyrical territory is nothing new for the Strokes, there's a new depth to the ennui; on the blasé ballad "Ask Me Anything," Casablancas repeats "I've got nothing to say" so often that the listener has no choice but to believe him. However, the band regains its fire on "Ize of the World" and "Razorblade."

Customer Reviews

The Strokes prove that they can still surprise...

With 'Is this It', the Strokes essentially made a starry eyed, prolific career in one album. To embellish Room on Fire, the Strokes expanded on their debut's more unconventional tracks and made them feel natural by imbuing them with influences from soul and 60s pop. And 'First Impressions of Earth', the group's third album marks a significant departure for the Strokes; one, they've ditched all pretense of a svelte thirty minute running time in favour of longer songs with more audacious arrangements; and two, this album sounds as though it's a living, breathing organism via a broader production. Prepare for their most frustrating, and arguably most rewarding, album yet. As with all Strokes albums, not all of these songs work; Killing Lies tells the Strokes' penchant for repetition without any memorable flair or hooks; 15 Minutes is a shambolic mess of a ballad which eventually ignites into a rocker which seems more asthmatic than breathless; Evening Sun is just a little black and white (f.y.i pointless and wayward) and Fear of Sleep's incomparable ranting is just horrible. However, 'You Only Live Once', 'Juicebox', 'Razorblade', 'Heart in a Cage', 'Red Light' and the seismic crush of 'Ize of the World' are meticulously arranged retro pop-punk songs which rank among the best songs of the last ten years: download them and you can't possibly go a foot wrong. The Strokes prove that, at the cost of losing the impenetrable cool, they can still surprise...

The Best of the Best

God this albm s good, I mean you'd expect the first to be as it's their origional sound and the the follow up album to be not as good as the first, but this one is just fantastic. Please get it and expieriece an orgasm through music!

itunes critics

iTunes must employ some pretty clueless critics,because this album is fantastic!!!! Fools

Biography

Formed: 1998 in New York, NY

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Equally inspired by classic tunesmiths like Buddy Holly and John Lennon and the street-smart attitude and angular riffs of fellow New Yorkers Television and the Velvet Underground, the Strokes were also equally blessed and cursed with an enormous amount of hype — particularly from the U.K. music press, whose adulation for the group rivaled their fervor for Oasis in the early '90s. Barely in their twenties by the time their debut album, Is This It, arrived in 2001, singer/songwriter Julian Casablancas,...
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