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Phrazes for the Young (Bonus Track Version)

Julian Casablancas

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Even though Julian Casblancas is the singer and main songwriter for the Strokes, he doesn’t pursue the Strokes sound or even emphasize his voice on this debut solo album. Instead, he jams himself into the mix and explores a different take on retro than his retro-garage band. “Out of the Blue” kicks things off with a heavily compressed wall of sound, the soothing ‘oohs’ of the chorus lost in a swirl of ‘60s-inspired guitars and keyboards. “Left & Right In the Dark” begins with a soothing roller-rink organ and processed vocals layered among the staccato guitar licks, sounding like slightly more edgy ‘70s MOR. “11th Dimension” sports happy synthesizers for an ‘80s dance party. “4 Chords of the Apocalypse” channels a ‘60s R&B ballad through the automaton sounds of the ‘80s. “Ludlow St.” throws in a country music lope amidst its cramped keyboard heavy arrangement. “River of Brakelights” ramps up the Gary Numan “Cars” influence as it swings out of control. “Glass” slows things for an electro ballad. “Tourist” closes things out with a swinging gait, some deep bass rumbles and Casablancas’ lazy-man vocals rolling right into the cascading keyboards.

Customer Reviews

mozart 80s inspired radiohead disco

refreshing. unique. entertaining. dazzling. best voice in the business. dont come expecting the strokes. what you will get tho is fantastic, retro-space age pop record. random elements of mozart, of 80s disco, of radiohead, throughout. always thrilling, always unexpected. shouldn't be thought of as a stop gap, its a genuine quality effort in itself. brilliant.

A Stroke of Genius

The latest solo effort from The Strokes is in my opinion the best so far. If like me you miss Julian's hypnotic drawl then this album should satisfy you until the new Strokes album surfaces. This album takes you on an adventure through Julian's 80s tinged mind, where you'll find as many hooks as hi-tops, and the best songs he's written since 'Is This Is' era Strokes in my opinion. If you're wondering whether this album lives up to the hype then yes, it really does and if you're a Strokes fan then it's a must-have. It should keep you subdued until The Strokes finally knuckle down and finish the new one!

Genius at work

I don't know how it does it but I think it's impossible for Julian to write a bad song. Solo albums are risky but Mr Casablancas only serves to enhance his stellar reputation with this effort! Listen to the samples to get a flavour and you'll soon realise this is up there with the strokes early stuff. Genius!

Biography

Born: 23 August 1978 in New York, NY

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Best known as the lead singer/songwriter of the Strokes, Julian Casablancas was born on August 23, 1978 to Elite Model Agency Group founder John Casablancas and model and former Miss Denmark Jeanette Christiansen. Christiansen's second husband, painter Sam Adoquei, helped shape Casablancas' early musical taste, giving him a Doors album that was a marked difference from the Phil Collins and other pop that he listened to at the time. Casablancas spent part of his teens in the Swiss boarding school...
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