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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

I always hear FIOE get crap

I don't know why, but I always hear about how bad this album is. I absolutely love this album, sure it's not as good as Room on Fire or Is This It but that doesn't mean it's bad. Shut up and buy this album!!

SHOCKED to only see 9 ratings?!

I've never written a review on itunes before, hopefully that speaks for itself. The Strokes never have failed to amaze me, and this album IS amazing. If you love the Strokes, you'll love this album, there's NO WAY around it! It's just so mellow and good, every song. Definitely a more "ballad" feel, Julian's voice melts me. Heart in a cage gives me goosebumps, evening sun gives me chills, and vision of division makes me cry. The Strokes put me in the best mood, calm and peaceful, inspired and creative, hopeful and loving. Seriously, just listen to the previews, and buy it! If you are a true Strokes fan, you won't be disappointed!


One word amazing


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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