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The Strokes
First Impressions of Earth


3.0
good

Review

by Rudd13 USER (61 Reviews)
January 15th, 2006 | 76 replies


Release Date: 2006 | Tracklist


The Strokes- First Impressions of Earth

The term of the world-wide ďNew YearĒ is silly. The obtuse, nonessential idea of placing another arid, and very fattening holiday right after Christmas that usually involves more feasts, more alcohol, and much more utter bull*** advertising for Americaís ďfellowĒ companies gets to be very tiring, and exclusively pointless. The more you put up with the unnecessary holidayís ugly bearing over years, the more you realize itís another excuse for profit in the countryís advertising-world, and another excuse for groups of alcoholics to ďenjoyĒ another absurd risk of alcohol poisoning or lovely liver disease. Itís time passing on. Itís nature settling in for a new year. Not the coming of Christ or the return of Seinfeld. The still-fascinating element of time is unavoidable, and itís wrapped around everything we will ever come in contact with. Another holiday doesnít have to be placed in the middle of natureís time passing. But if the rest of the world must, then please continue, but donít include me.

Enjoy the party. Iíll be in my room testing out The Strokesí new record.

It is time that revolves around everything in life, living and non-living. It makes things change, sometimes very drastically, sometimes not at all. We may call this age. In the world of music, age has played a very important part in a way that it works with periods of time to make artists wiser, more intellectual beings that will progress in the industry with no problem. Sometimes itís the other way around, but forget that matter, as itís useless in this paragraph. Now, imagine your band starting out with a record that got somewhere immediately. It got on the Rolling Stone top 500 list. Thatís more than an honor, itís very big acclaim on your part. Few have a debut album on the list. And those who do are some like Zeppelin, The Clash, and The Stones. Honor. After the success of the looked-over Is This It? as The Strokesí debut back in 2001, it clearly put them on the map by the time Room On Fire released. Room on fire was the second album, and the very best by opinion. Itís one of those albums you just canít get off your mind for time to come.

The Strokes have had a very good run, and have been one of the most successful in the last 5 years. Itís January 3, 2006, and First Impressions of Earth releases. As the third record, itís got me and Iím sure others very excited. Iíll admit, it takes some time to get through the album to take it as the whole it actually is. And when this time finally came, a lot of things became clear. One of them being that The Strokes have gotten less creative, and have decided to easily stick with something that sounds exactly the same. The album isnít a complete disappointment, but unexpected duplicate work like this right here is enough to get a fan a little down.

On every Strokes record, all songs hold potential. Thereís very few that do. Itís always been very high for each as well. No song is ever completely inferior. Impressions is no different. Each song holds some kind of potential that in the end, pushes it forward and makes it stand for something. Letís start out with the brain. Julian Casablancas has become on the the most recognizable voices in the industry so far in the bandís career. Expect it to stay this way, as Julian Ďs vocals have become very monotone. Itís clear that heís always used some sort of effect on his vocals, as no one truly can talk like that. It used to have moods and times when it was clear it signaled toward different expressions. Impressions had the vocals very up against the wall, with very, very few ways to go. Every second of this album will seem like a form of complaining, being down, and continuous dissatisfied yelps for help. Some people get a kick out of that, and theyíll have to decide that one on their own. But is the vocals are simply altered to one expression for a whole album, thatíll have to be a big negative on my watch.

Upbeat tempos and very over-the-top musicianship will get in the way of vocals, but they just donít budge. It used to have variety. Good musicianship is heard often on Impressions. Looks like time has done itís beautiful damage once again. Guitars by Nick Valensi and Albert Hammond are indeed a plus. The old-fashioned Strokesí tradition of a lone riff being led by Julianís voice is still in play. Ear-catching at times, sometimes very bland and boring. The very organized, ingenious solos take part in few tracks like Evening Sun. And Vision of Division is a wake-up call for anyone who ever said guitar-work in The Strokes was ďboringĒ. Itís always caught some form of attention, simple or non-simple. Let the smooth, electric surroundings of introductory wonders (Electricityscape, Heart In A Cage) prepare you for what ends the process. /plus.

Fabrizio Moretti and Nikolai Fraiture have always worked together to get the sound of simply getting a kick out of The Strokesí music. Nikolaiís work has been varied up to now, sporting a nice bassline on an album that always goes unnoticed. He plays some big parts on Impression, thus brining farther the fact that musicianship is at a big rise for the album. Juicebox is the first single off here, and is one of the few things off the album that just doesnít sound like The Strokes. Itís brilliant. The bass armament Nikolai has lined up quickly turns into a mimic session for guitars and a very wanted clear change of pace for Julianís vocals. Ignited, and kept ablaze by the bass guitar. Of course itís been done before, and this is must for a fan to hear. On The Other Side also features a very creative lick that keeps the guys going to an extent, then puts on a show to finish off.

Fabrizio has always been another favorite of mine for few reasons. Is This It? included some very complex stuff for Moretti, and it showed itself well, but at times, it didnít go with other very simple, yet also well-played components tracks shot off at you. Then, Room On Fire was filled with very, very simple beats, and fills based on 16th notes that for me, made Moretti famous (apart from dating Drew Barrymore). I see something very admirable in a simplistic drummer whoís there to play the simple notes with high concentration, thus making those notes sound excellent. Fab didnít let down this time either. He continues with very driven, basic beats and at times brings out big guns, usually when guitars do as well. Razorblade is one of the very best off the album and is compelled right away with the charm Fabrizio offers and gives out. Excellent musicianship sequence completed!

What truly keeps the album from sinking to a point where the album isnít completely worth your time is the very motivated musicianship inside it. If Julian had worked a little bit more on variety, and getting his audience a little big more hyped up during high points and such other portions of the composition, maybe weíd have a 4, maybe a 4.5 on the table. Silly Casablancas. The percent rate-chance of encountering some boring, maybe unpleasant material on this album is about 38%. At any time. This indicating about ĺ of the album is very well-arranged, and after careful listening, loses value. The tracks listed in the Stand Out section are listed as six tracks. Six very brilliant ones. Six tracks is almost half the album-length, and are there to inform about the very songs listeners and most importantly, fans should give a listen before considering buying the album, or gaining control of the rest of it.

Another thing revolving around the score is simple. A three out of five is exactly what it says it is. Listen up, for anybody that takes that 3, maybe a 3.5 for granted. A three is a GOOD record. It has potential, and is if not highly enjoyable at times, very-well worth a listenerís time, especially if in this case, a fan. Donít take the friendly three out of five as a harsh rating. The album is good. Itís good for an occasional listen, itís good to dance to, if you prefer. And itís very, very good for a fan of the band to listen to. Who knows, there will be a review of this in the future with a much higher rating than mine. Iím sure there will be, itís an innocent opinion. A brilliant single like that should give you some direction to start out with. The now world-wide famous Strokes didnít fail to deliver fans a very enjoyable album that youíd come back to everyday. They didnít deliver what I thought was the best they could. But the album sure is a very good attempt to reach an audience, and the band still holds my respect. So I salute The Strokes once again. Iíll see you guys when time marks itís time to bloom once again.


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


Stand Out Tracks
~You Only Live Once
~Juicebox
~Razorblade
~On The Other Side
~Vision Of Division
~Electricityscape


Good.

3/5



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Rudd13
January 16th 2006


952 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

The "save" option on Word is your friend, kids.

Rudd13
January 16th 2006


952 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

No kidding. Word, Notepad, Wordpad, they all have save features.

I haven't seen you around, Rudd, but way to come back firing on all cylinders. I could never get into The Strokes - what they were doing just didn't click with me, but nice work with the review, as per usual.


Why thank you.

I've been meaning to get around to plenty of reviews, but beginning to fail some high school classes is nothing short of a wake-up call. I've been pushing at school-work a lot lately, but I'll be back around with many treats for you, my children.

As I said before (I'll use this phrase a lot in the coming days, I fear :-) very good review. I pretty much agree with your rating; it's pretty good but I think they're capable of better. Juicebox, for instance, is by far the best song they've produced and it will be the best song of 2006.


Don't push it Dead, we're only 15 days into this mother.

pulseczar
January 16th 2006


2385 Comments


good review Rudd, I only like that one Strokes album, the one with Reptilia, the rest I don't dig. And the new single sucks :cool:

Rudd13
January 16th 2006


952 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

[quote=Plath]I'm confident that it's the best song of the decade so far.

[/quote]

[quote=Galapogos]And the new single sucks [/quote]

In the blue corner.....



Two-Headed Boy
January 17th 2006


4527 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

^^^nice

good review. the strokes suck. they really are a discrace to the sacred genre of indie.

Zebra
Moderator
January 17th 2006


2647 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

This is just an average album, the Strokes haven't impressed me so far. I feel that this album is incredibly inconsistent, I will absolutely love one song ('Razorblade') and will despise the track that comes right after it ('On the Other Side.")



Nice review, your writing is so smooth and easy to read. You covered pretty much everything on the album, nice work. This Message Edited On 01.17.06

Bright Fire
January 18th 2006


1 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I'v e only listened to this cd a few times. I am not not a real big strokes fan, but this is a great cd. It's got the sames strokes sound but a differernt style. If u havent listneed to it yet i recoment burning it

Electric City
January 18th 2006


15756 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Juicebox is HOTTT! i wanna get this

Jerzzzey
January 19th 2006


17 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Ask Me Anything hands down the best song on the album.

NuMetalMania
January 19th 2006


325 Comments


Nice review, awfull album. Correction, awfull band. If i want to listen to a bad noise (rakit) then i will either start my 35 yr old chainsaw or listen to these guys.

Electric City
January 22nd 2006


15756 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

If you want to listen to bad noise, turn on some Korn, NuMetalMania.

Electric City
January 22nd 2006


15756 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Juicebox indeed is the new single.

I thought u were aware of this....

[quote=Spat Out Plath]Juicebox, for instance, is by far the best song they've produced and it will be the best song of 2006.[/quote]

Electric City
January 22nd 2006


15756 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

mmmmhmmmmm

the video is god awful, however. Old women are gross.

Taxman
January 24th 2006


82 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

um..what happened to the strokes?

Electric City
February 5th 2006


15756 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Strokes do not belong in "mainstream rock". Im sorry.



Anyway, Juicebox, Heart In a Cage, Razorblade, On THe Other Side are all good tracks. I got this yesterday, and the first half of the album is pretty good.

jdrichie3112
February 5th 2006


7 Comments


AV8RS, i'm sorry, it's just ur comment made me laugh 'the sacred genre of indie'??? Indie isnt a genre, it means independent. This, kids, means the band release music either on their own or on small-time independent record labels. It has NOTHING to do with what the music sounds like, what genre it is, what instruments are used or anything. Its about bands taking a risk by releasing their material before subjecting it to months of criticism from major record labels.

Right, rant over, nice review, great album.This Message Edited On 02.05.06

jdrichie3112
February 6th 2006


7 Comments


swiiiish, nice argument dude

Two-Headed Boy
February 6th 2006


4527 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

AV8RS, i'm sorry, it's just ur comment made me laugh 'the sacred genre of indie'??? Indie isnt a genre, it means independent. This, kids, means the band release music either on their own or on small-time independent record labels. It has NOTHING to do with what the music sounds like, what genre it is, what instruments are used or anything. Its about bands taking a risk by releasing their material before subjecting it to months of criticism from major record labels.


You, sir, have no chance on arguing with me, considering you are COMPLETELY WRONG



Med57
Moderator
February 6th 2006


1002 Comments


This album is easily the best that The Strokes have done. That said it isn't anything better than mediocre, but I can see myself listening to it every now and again, which I simply don't do with either of their 2 previous efforts.

Electric City
February 7th 2006


15756 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

jdrichie, you have no idea what your talking about. Indie is a specific genre, meaning way out of the mainstream alt rock, bands like Interpol, Dinosaur Jr., Broken Social Scene, The Arcade Fire. Under your defenition, Hawthorne Heights is indie. And god help us all.



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