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The Strokes - Is This It - Indie Rock LP

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The Strokes - Is This It

Label: RCA
Catalog#: 07863 68045-1
Format: Vinyl, LP NEW

Country: US
Released: 2001
Genre: Rock
Style: Indie Rock
Credits: Artwork By [Photo] - Colin Lane
Bass - Nikolai Fraiture
Drums - Fabrizio Moretti
Guitar - Albert Hammond Jr. , Nick Valensi
Mastered By - Greg Calbi
Other [Guru] - JP Bowersock
Other [Management] - Ryan Gentles
Producer - Gordon Raphael
Written-By, Vocals - Julian Casablancas
Notes: Mastered at Sterling Sound.

Different artwork used on this US release
as the UK "glove" image was considered
a little to risque for the US market.

Coverart "Big Bang" Particle Collisions
in The (BEBC) Big European Bubble Chamber
(c) Cern Geneva

Rating: 4.6/5


A1 Is This It (2:34)
A2 The Modern Age (3:32)
A3 Soma (2:37)
A4 Barely Legal (3:58)
A5 Someday (3:07)

B1 Alone, Together (3:12)
B2 Last Nite (3:17)
B3 Hard To Explain (3:47)
B4 New York City Cops (3:36)
B5 Trying Your Luck (3:27)
B6 Take It Or Leave It (3:16)

I'm still trying to figure out what happened with this record even though I bought it over three years ago. One minute I was slogging along with my anti-pop culture friends and deriding this age of musical nihilism and the next I'm in my living room singing "He won't decide but he won't debate."

I purchased the LP after hearing the addictive radio single, "Last Night." I usually don't buy a lot of new releases, as I'm often severely disappointed. It is rare when I find the popular stuff worthwhile. Yet, the first time I heard the record I knew it was special before the sixth or seventh song even began to play. Their sound is effervescent and stimulates regardless of the volume at which they are heard. Many may dismiss their compositions as being merely "catchy" but I think this is incorrect. There is a quiet complexity to their sound and,They're so smooth it's actually deceptive- because there's actually a whole lot going on."

I will acknowledge that their physical appearance is not confidence inspiring. They appear on television in ultra-trendy dress and their liner note photos make them look as if they each individually drank three barrels apiece from the fountain of youth. Yet inexperience and glamour do not contaminate the end product which vibrates from your speakers.

In fact, the Strokes are a New York City band through and through; like the Velvet Underground, these are a bunch of uptown artsy types elegantly slumming downtown to the tried and tested themes of sex, drugs, and rock & roll. Their singer-songwriter, the fantastically named Julian Casablancas, delivers his lyrics with a weary nonchalance that belies his age on songs like the title track, "Soma," "Hard to Explain," and the altogether wonderful "Barely Legal." And the band recalls the likes of Television and the Stooges on "Last Nite" and "The Modern Age." Let's hope this sexy, stylish, and undeniably cool band is the future of rock & roll.

One of my friends was going through a nasty bout of melancholia so I decided to give it to him as a present. He reported to me that the vitality of the melodies actually made him feel better.

Is this a hybrid, commercially fabricated band? Who cares. They're great and that's all I care about. Sometimes a band of mercenaries can be melded into a unit and the end result is a Stanley Cup champion or a Super Bowl victory. Regardless of influence or history, The Strokes sound grand and that's enough for me. If you're in the need for cheap euphoria, get ready because this is it.

The Strokes - Last Night

The Strokes - Last Night (MTV)

The Strokes - Is This It -

The Strokes - Hard to explain (live) official video

the strokes are timeless

The Strokes - Barely Legal


Guitars sound so warm

The Strokes - Soma

The Strokes - Soma


The Strokes - The Modern Age

Live MTV

This is so good it makes me cry.

The Strokes - The Modern Age


The Strokes - The Modern Age

This product was added to our catalog on Wednesday 04 February, 2009.

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