After five long years, the princes of indie have released their fourth studio album, Angles. Apparently a “much needed break” did the boys of The Strokes well. They started out strong with 2001’s Is This It, waned a little with First Impressions of Earth and Room on Fire, but they’re bringin’ it back. Hardcore.
These long band hiatuses (hiatii?) seem to go one of three ways: A) The band never reforms (Smashing Pumpkins, Guns and Roses), B) they reform and it’s tragic (Nine Inch Nails, Stone Temple Pilots), or C) they reform and it’s awesome! This definitely falls into the latter category.
The album definitely starts off on the right foot with a space-aged, yet 70’s glam rock inspired tune, “Machu Pichhu”. Mix Duran Duran and the better songs of the Police with David Bowie and The Who a la the trippy Tommy days, and this is what you get. The New Yorkers manage to rock right the fuck out without being overproduced or pretentious.
“Under the Cover of Darkness”, their first single from the album is a poppy, upbeat track that makes toe tapping inevitable…it’s just that catchy. This album really does bring me back to the Is This It days. Not since 2001 have I heard them simply play so well together. They genuinely sound like they’re enjoying themselves, and that makes me enjoy myself more. What could have been a potentially disastrous clash of ideas becomes an eclectic, yet cohesive, album.
I’m also diggin’ the neo-funk “Taken For A Fool” and the bouncy “Gratisfation”. Really, there’s not a terrible song on this album, some just stand out more than others. It’s good to see them back together and recognizing their strengths. Why get back together just to make shitty music? They get back to the roots and all the good stuff that made them irresistible, radio-friendly wonders: unbeatable hooks, catchy choruses, retro guitars, Julian Casablanca’s sexy vocals, and simple rhythms.
This album is good stuff all around. Definitely not a waste of your time, money, hard drive space, or bandwith. In fact, you can listen to the whole album over on their Myspace. It even gets a good solid A from That Girl With A Blog. You can check out all the latest news over on their site or Facebook. Give The Strokes another chance!
“Under the Cover of Darkness”