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Editors’ Notes

Few albums in modern pop history can match the instant, game-changing impact of Is This It. Almost overnight, rock ’n’ roll turned grittier, haircuts grew shaggier, and the secondhand-blazer section at your local thrift store got a lot more crowded. But most importantly, carefree kiss-offs like “Someday” and “Last Nite” refashioned the left-field sounds of previous generations—the streetwise swagger of The Velvet Underground and Iggy Pop, the wounded romanticism of The Smiths and early Cure—into immediate, dance-floor-ready pop music, portending indie rock’s insurgence into the mainstream.

Customer Reviews

This album...

Changed my life.
I could survive on only this album for the rest of my life if I needed to.
The Strokes are one of the most amazing bands out there, and it's good
to hear that they are all working together again.

If you don't buy this album, I will hunt you down until you do.

Absolutely Awe-Inspiring

The other generations can have whatever acts they call their own. This is the best CD of the decade, from the band that has defined the decade, and anybody who doesn't believe it is crazy. This is a masterpiece. Buy it all.

a modern classic

you can play this thing front to back, back to front, and a million which ways. its a modern classic. great road trip music, great bbq music, great party music, just GREAT music. every songs works and works well. i'll still be listening to this album in 25 years.


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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