The Strokes
Is This It


5.0
classic

Review

by les paul al USER (2 Reviews)
April 5th, 2006 | 32 replies


Release Date: 2001 | Tracklist


The strokes- is this it 2001

Vocals: Julien Casablancas
Guitar: Albert Hammond JR
Guitar: Nick Valensi
Bass: Nikolai Fraiture
Drums: Fab Moretti

The strokes started the new york city under ground rage. Great bands like the yeah yeah yeahs, interpol and hot hot heat all emerged from the slap bassed driven subways of New York. Yes it did not last for long most bands rushed into the studios to record follow ups. However, most failed to reach the hights they were supposed to, including the Strokes. But this undoubtley the greatest record of 2001 and has inspired all modern day garage rockers. Not just that but the band have also re-invented the word cool. Changing the way you looked and dressed, especially teenage girl magnet Nick Valensi. Even the most influential and dont give a f**k band after 2001, the libertines dress like them.

Now onto the actual review

1) Is This It
Not the strongest of songs for an opener and it took a while to grow on me. A very catchey song with Julian showing us you dont need all the expensive recording kit. You just need a microphone with overdrive. If you dont like this song though you wont like the album. 3.5/5

2) The Modern Age
I love this song to pieces an explosive opening riff going for forty seconds with Fab playing a basic drum beat in the background with Nick and Albert dueting together before Julian comes in with his first real demonstartion of voacal talent. The song has a chorus sung in a real layed back way which is abosutely brilliant. 5/5

3) Soma
Not a great song but goes well with the album. No chorus and a minute shorter than modern age. A punkier faster track with more good guitar work from Albert and Nick not Juliens finest moment but he still sings with a purpose that you feel whilst listening to the track. 4/5


4) Barely legal
` And altogether if were well we might pretend we were best friends` snarls Julien with a great backing guitar piece at the beginning of the chorus of the finest moment all the way until track eight . The song sounds a tiny bit like the modern age but all is forgotten on another feel good track. Not much of a solo just the opening played at a faster beat. Its now that you realize this band is great. 5/5

5) Someday
The song that made me buy this album. Many albums have songs like this the arctic monkeys had `Mardy bum` Oasis had ` Roll with it`. These songs are the songs you can listen to anytime, anywhere and any situation. this song is catchey and is recorded perfectly from great giutar to lyrics sung in a way you just cant repeat. 5/5

6) Alone Together
A basic song really however it does boast the finest solo on the album which has Julien shouting over definitely the best part of the song but would you really listen to two minutes of uninspiring verses and a slightley dull riff 3.5/5

7) Last Nite
If you havent heard this song before you have either been living in a cupboard box or deaf. It is amzing for start to back. Julien builds up a tension before releasing all his energy on the chorus. 5/5

8) Hard to explain
This song is the perfect strokes song. A great guitar riff opening and played constantly through the song. Julien almost saying the verses instead of singing but its the chorus that really sticks out. Not catchey and not anthem like but absolutely brilliant. 123456789/5

9) New york city cops
This song was taken off the us album for slagging of the american police system a great song. Fabs finest monent with a drum beat opener with ju;ian singing about a girlfriend ` who cant stop saying New york city cops` 4.5/5

10) Trying your luck
The quitest song on the album. A nice song with no distortion on the guitars and Julian finally working out hoe to use a mike. This song took a while to grow on me, at first I thought it was boring. The short solo is simply gorgous.4.5/5

11) Take It or Leave it
Not the perfect way to end the album the guitar riff sounds like the chorus. The chorus is basic Julian just repeating the song title over and over again. It does go with the album theres no doubt about that but for the first time in ten songs you start to feel a bit bored, oh well.3.5/5


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les paul al
April 5th 2006


51 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Man i am glad reviewing thats over. IT TOOK AN AGE

Jawaharal
April 5th 2006


1832 Comments


the cover is hawt

I need this so very bad, I really liked their show.

Pretty good fisrt review man.

Kyle
April 5th 2006


667 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Neat album, Because I've loved it for years I'll probably give it a 4.5. Tryin' your Luck is my favorite.

JohnXDoesn't
April 5th 2006


1287 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I like this record a lot. Like the new one, too. Something about the Strokes music and songs that is very obvious, though. Almost careful at times. Calculated. Keeps me from loving the band and merely liking them. Decent track by track review, you describe the tunes fairly well.This Message Edited On 04.05.06

pattern_recognition
April 6th 2006


950 Comments


The single most overrated and overhyped band of all time, except possibly The Libertines and that whole Babyshambles fiasco.
Does no-one care that they're terminally unoriginal? And pretentious? And they ripped Last Nite off Iggy Pop?
There are much better bands that play this style of music.

Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
April 6th 2006


16089 Comments


I'm pretty sure Dragonforce or even Frank Zappa could make better "indie" than The Strokes.

I remember buying this album after about everyone reccomended it, and was terminally dissapointed.



pattern_recognition
April 6th 2006


950 Comments


Heh dragonforce vs. the strokes: it's game time!

Liberi Fatali
Emeritus
April 6th 2006


1588 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Meh, I'm not really a fan of this album or their other work. It is better than their more recent work though.

incubliss
April 6th 2006


116 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I love the really shitty, garage production. I think it's the best touch. Their new stuff is well produced, and I don't get the same feel from their new found sound.

This is a really lovely album to listen to in the summer. Sitting on the grass by the beach, and then Barely Legal comes on. It's just perfect.

psylocibin
April 8th 2006


9 Comments


The song "Soma" is a reference the hapiness drug in Aldous Huxley's distopian novel "Brave New World". To enjoy it you have to have read the book thus understanding the lyrics.

As for this album, I haven't listened to it yet (expet for soma, which is pretty good) but I don't think it could possibly deserve a 5, no offence but the Strokes are...the Strokes. I used to like some of their stuff but their sound nowadays is just like if they're trying way too hard be to "too cool", they lost their laid back touch which made them interesting.

dlaz
April 16th 2006


1 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

This debut is amazing and I can understand why it would be hard to review it now and put it into the proper context. The album is deceptively laid back but oddly enough Julian Casablancas has actually become much more laid since its release. And what other band references Huxley's work, or any other writer for that matter, and sounds cool doing it? If you don't own the album you are missing out. Take it or Leave it is an incredible ending. I don't know what more you want. It is the epitome of the album as well as the band. They end about every single concert with the song. I'm stunned you think it is a poor closer but take it or leave it, right?This Message Edited On 04.16.06 And, not to be picky, but I'm confused on how you can say the opening song took awhile to grow on you and in the next line say it's catchy... isn't that a contradiction?This Message Edited On 04.16.06

jaamieee
April 16th 2006


13 Comments


Hot Hot heat came from Victoria, Canada

chewabacca
December 15th 2006


4 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Ridiculously good album!
What the hell is a cupboard box?This Message Edited On 12.15.06

Neoteric
December 15th 2006


3243 Comments


This band are way too overrated, it's not that special but it does have some nice tunes.

This song is the perfect strokes song. A great guitar riff opening and played constantly through the song. Julien almost saying the verses instead of singing but its the chorus that really sticks out. Not catchey and not anthem like but absolutely brilliant. 123456789/5
Don't be silly.This Message Edited On 12.15.06

bAdMaRk
January 16th 2007


58 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I love Someday, Hard To Explain, NYC Cops, Last Nite and the Modern Age.


Sepstrup
January 16th 2007


1564 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

To enjoy it you have to have read the book thus understanding the lyrics.


That would make it a pretty shitty song. The lyrics aren't even very good (I've read the book).

Kaleid
January 16th 2007


711 Comments


[quote="les paul al"]this undoubtley the greatest record of 2001 and has inspired all modern day garage rockers. Not just that but the band have also re-invented the word cool. Changing the way you looked and dressed[/quote]
My word. I must have blinked and missed them.
Your track-by-track was nice and descriptive

Electric City
Staff Reviewer
January 16th 2007


15743 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This is no where close to a classic. The album's ok, but it's nothing stellar. The Strokes are good in small doses, but they don't have much staying power.

Sepstrup
January 16th 2007


1564 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

The ratings are off though:

3) Soma
Not a great song but goes well with the album. [...] 4/5


for instance. And that 123456789/5 thing is so stupid. Just give it a 5/5 and explain how much you like it.

paperslut
February 26th 2007


54 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I liked Room On Fire better, though Last Nite is classic



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