The Strokes
Is This It


4.5
superb

Review

by Phunphone USER (4 Reviews)
January 14th, 2005 | 59 replies


Release Date: 2001 | Tracklist


The Strokes- Is This It?

Released: 2001

The Strokes are:
- Julian Casablancas: Vocals
- Nick Valensi: Guitar
- Albert Hammond Jr.: Guitar
- Nikolai Fraiture: Bass
- Fabrizio Moretti: Drums

The Strokes have released their debut on 2001. Produced by Gordon Raphael, these 5 New- Yorkers brought back the garage rock and opened a path for many bands, interestingly, all ending with "es."

The first thing that you notice about The Strokes' music is, they really sound like a band, and all of the instruments are moving together perfectly with high speed. You can hear every single instrument separately, the magic is, they mix in pretty well. Members of the band have control of their instruments. They're not virtuosos, but they know what they're playing.

Is This It:
The album starts off with a middle- tempo song. It's like a preview of The Strokes sound. The chorus, which consists of Julian singing, "Is this it?" is really catchy. A very melodic song, but not the best.
Rating: 6/10

The Modern Age:
This is my personal favourite. Starts off with just drums and guitar, the song kicks in with a reggae- style lead part and fast strumming at the background. This is a very fast song. In the chorus, the stress of high speed turns into clarity. An awesome solo cuts the voice of Julian. But he takes his revenge shortly after by pulling the band back into the verse. The song ends suddenly, right after Julian sings, "So this is why I'm leaving."
Rating: 10/10

Soma:
Again, a very melodic song. Julian's vocals seem like pulled off from a conversation between two friends. The whole song is at a certain tempo, which seems boring, but just as you start to think about it, Julian goes mad shouting "Said I've been doing this twenty five years. Well, I'm not listening no more." When he finishes releasing his anger, he says, "That's it." And the song ends there.
Rating: 9/10

Barely Legal:
Probably the fastest song in the album (keep in mind that I'm not talking about fast as in thrash metal). In the verse, the lead guitar interrupts the band in every line. In the bridge, the band plays one chord for like 5 seconds and you expect Julian to do something outrageous, but he just says a quick "Nothing." I find this a very joyful song.
Rating: 8/10

Someday:
This song is about remembering "the good old days". It's a very optimistic song about how good the past was. The main riff is cool, and the drumming is very good. I liked its video too.
Rating: 9/10

Alone, Together:
This one is supposed to be a ballad, but it's still a moving song. Julian's lyrics are pretty dark here: "Life seems unreal, can we go back to your place?" Awesome bass lines and a great solo in the middle of the song. This song is very catchy too. One of my favourites.
Rating: 10/10

Last Nite:
This is the song that Sum 41 copied their video for "Still Waiting". It's starts off with a C chord, then drums come in, and the song slowly develops into the verse. I think the lyrics are about human behaviours and how illogical they can get. Anyways, this song has nice chord progressions and it's fun.
Rating: 10/10

Hard to Explain:
The drums sound like a drum machine or something has made them up. (I'm pretty sure that Fabrizio plays them.) Surprisingly, it gives a song a new dimension instead of making it emotionless. It is again a very fast track, and has a mood change in the middle of the song, which is layered very cleverly.
Rating: 9/10

When It Started:
I don't know why, but this song always reminds me of the Japanese video games. This song is also on the Spider- Man soundtrack. This is a slightly depressing song, and not a stand out.
Rating: 7/10

Trying Your Luck:
This is another ballad, and the saddest song in the album, and probably the calmest one. With full chords, melodic leads and an emotional solo, the song is fluent and well arranged.
Rating: 9/10

Take It or Leave It:
The album ender is the hardest one. Typical Strokes sound, with a more aggressive touch. It is catchy, and melodic. Makes me want to sing, "Take it or leave it!" every time.
Rating: 9/10

If you don't like the Strokes's sound, you won't like anything by them, but if you do, then it will be an addiction. In my opinion, this album is perfect and even though it's the same sound, the songs don't repeat themselves. In every song, you will find a part that is worth listening to.

New York City Cops:
This song is not available in the U.S. version of "Is This It?" because of its content. Instead, The Strokes put When It Started in the U.S. version. (This song is available on the U.K. version). This is a harder song compared to When It Started, and I personally think NYCC is better. I love the lyrics on this song, "New York City cops, they ain't too smart." It is a simple song, but there's nothing wrong with simplicity, right?
Rating: 9/10

Overall Rating: 9/10. As I said before, if you like The Strokes in general, you'll love this album.


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el doctor
March 27th 2004


83 Comments


Great review. I don't know if I'd give it a 9, but definitely a really good album.

Luxor
March 27th 2004


166 Comments


Awesome review. I agree with the rating as well, altough I would of givin' Soma a 10/10.

The JoZ
March 27th 2004


345 Comments


I honestly don't understand how anyone can enjoy this band. The singer's voice is one of the most annoying I think I've ever heard...and the music is pretty bland overall

Yeah, I know it's meant to be 'indie' or 'garage' rock...but that doesn't have to equate to 'suck rock' which is what I think these guys make...sorry

The NPC
March 27th 2004


101 Comments


[QUOTE=Nazi Bassist]I honestly don't understand how anyone can enjoy this band. The singer's voice is one of the most annoying I think I've ever heard...and the music is pretty bland overall

Yeah, I know it's meant to be 'indie' or 'garage' rock...but that doesn't have to equate to 'suck rock' which is what I think these guys make...sorry[/QUOTE]

The same could be said for Tool and alot of mellow nu-metal/nu-metal bands.

Kevin Shields Your Ears
March 27th 2004


3 Comments


I personally loved this album 2 and a half years ago. Then it got a bit played out, but I would still give it an 8/10. Most of the songs are a bit samey.

moderaterock222
March 27th 2004


121 Comments


Very good review except for the first track, which i would give an 8. I still dig this album, the new one was such a dissapointment. Good Job:thumb:

The NPC
March 27th 2004


101 Comments


[QUOTE=moderaterock222]Very good review except for the first track, which i would give an 8. I still dig this album, the new one was such a dissapointment. Good Job:thumb:[/QUOTE]

Think that Room on Fire should have been a double disk with Is This It?. Or it should have been a combintation of the two. If I listen to my Strokes albums I have to listen to them together for some reason because they just seem to fit better that way.

Vaya
March 27th 2004


33 Comments


i like this album

9/10

br3ad_man
Emeritus
March 27th 2004


2125 Comments


[QUOTE=moderaterock222]Very good review except for the first track, which i would give an 8. I still dig this album, the new one was such a dissapointment. Good Job:thumb:[/QUOTE]

Yeah, the bass line in that song is awesome.

The new album was dissapointing, some stuff in it, like the solo in one song, I think it's "You Talk Way Too Much", but I'm not sure. Anyway, the solo doesn't fi fit at all with the song, :angry:

pixiesfanyo
March 27th 2004


1223 Comments


this cd is fun to trip to..

YDload
March 28th 2004


1207 Comments


The Strokes are terrible. All of their songs sound the same and are very catchy, but not in a good way. More like in a "Oh dear Lord get it out of my brain! The infectiousness is burrowing into my cerebral cortex! AAaaaah!" -type of deal.

YDload
March 28th 2004


1207 Comments


Well, I guess that's not my real beef with them. I just don't like the fact that they're not original at all. They just stole something from the 70s without adding anything new to it, and made it seem better by comparison to the nu-metal and modern rock of today.

manuscriptreplica
March 29th 2004


431 Comments


[QUOTE=no peros calentes]The same could be said for Tool and alot of mellow nu-metal/nu-metal bands.[/QUOTE]

Tool's singing isnt bland! maynard has one of the best voices in rock today. the strokes are one of the worst bands ive ever heard. another example that people will buy anything that is fed to them through the mainstream. terrible stuff.

The NPC
March 29th 2004


101 Comments


[QUOTE=manuscriptreplica]Tool's singing isnt bland! maynard has one of the best voices in rock today. the strokes are one of the worst bands ive ever heard. another example that people will buy anything that is fed to them through the mainstream. terrible stuff.[/QUOTE]

Maynard and Tool are boing.

guitarded_chuck
March 29th 2004


3307 Comments


How are the Strokes "Indie Rock"?

Luxor
March 29th 2004


166 Comments


[QUOTE=manuscriptreplica]Tool's singing isnt bland! maynard has one of the best voices in rock today. the strokes are one of the worst bands ive ever heard. another example that people will buy anything that is fed to them through the mainstream. terrible stuff.[/QUOTE]

Tool is bland.

Plus the mainstream thing isn't completely true. The Strokes are one of the very few mainstream bands I listen too. :p

I love them. :thumb:

hybridofsound
March 30th 2004


131 Comments


Are you sure that's the right cover? The cover in NZ is a naked ass with a hand on it :confused: Anyway I really enjoy this album and The Strokes were great when I saw them live. Metallica were set to go on after them on the next stage and the singer (Julian) just started taking the piss out of about 5,000 metalhead bogans. The Modern Age is my favourite song.

br3ad_man
Emeritus
March 30th 2004


2125 Comments


^^^ The cover you speak of is the non US cover.

Nopo
March 30th 2004


1 Comments


Love this album
and their new one

The JoZ
March 30th 2004


345 Comments


Comparing Tool to The Strokes, or any other garage rock band is ludicrious. You don't have to like Tool...but you don't take a pseudo-prog, hard rocking metal band and compare them to a bunch of guys playing garage rock. Period.

Tool is not bland, at least not compared to these losers



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