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First Impressions On Earth is the third album from the Strokes, and its 14 songs form an extremely persuasive argument that the Strokes are no longer just the most important band of their generation, but also well on their way to becoming one of the world's biggest bands, period. Features the first single 'Juicebox'. RCA. 2005.
Their prospects dangerously over-inflated by pundits who often hailed their debut as nothing short of rock-messianic, New York City's Strokes got a lesson in cynical rock-press dynamics when their biz-troubled, if similarly toned, '03 follow-up was dutifully dismissed as the proverbial sophomore slump. A lesser band might have been chastened by the experience; this one responds with a third album that positively bristles with energetic challenges. Revolving around a loose concept that allows songwriter/frontman Julian Casablancas to adopt a viewpoint that's as detached as it is world-weary and bemused, it's a record that quickly trades the often precious production conceits of its forebears for a muscular confidence that's notable from the infectious, back-to-the-'80s opener "You Only Live Once" to its perfect bookend "Red Light."That often inviting sonic remodeling may come in part from Bangles/Sublime/Sugar Ray producer David Kahne (who replaces previous collaborator Gordon Raphael on all but a handful of cuts), but the band clearly has expansiveness on its mind, from a running length nearly twice its predecessors to such stylistic excursions as the cinematic, back-to-the-future riffing of the single "Juicebox," the spare, electro-baroque moodiness of "Ask Me Anything," and the dense, surprising prog flirtations of "Electrocityscape." "On the Other Side" finds Casablancas convincingly casting himself as the anti-Bono while crooning "I hate them, I hate them all, I hate myself for hating them" before chiding humanity as "seven billion people who've got nothing to say" on the otherwise upbeat closer, "Red Light." Wrapping such cynicism in more populist musical trappings is no mean feat, and the sheer reach of the Strokes' ambitions here insure they occasionally fall short. But it's a consistently intriguing effort, one that seems calculated as much to challenge the faithful as expand the band's own considerable horizons. --Jerry McCulley
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More importantly, why is there an Explicit lyrics warning on this? It isn't as though Julian didn't swear on 12:51, but that didn't seem to need a label then, so why now? Is it politically too dangerous to ask people about "citizens to terrorize... a market to monopolize... cities to vaporize"?. Regardless, I think you will enjoy the album.
From the days of 'Is this It' to today, with the release of 'First Impressions of Earth', I've definitely seen the boys mature and grow artistically.
The second I popped 'F.I.O.E' into my stereo, I can truthfully say that this was the first time that I had fell in love with an album upon the first listen. The arrangements seemed so complex, and Julian’s lyrics and voice brought beauty and change to the table. There was so much heart and emotion put into each piece. This album signifies a lot for the Strokes, revealing creativity and depth beyond words.
The first single released was entitled ‘Juicebox’. It felt like a surge of lightning striking me when I first heard it. It was so unpredictable and unexpected. I’m sure most fans, including myself, weren’t expecting Julian’s distraught and anxious lyrics and voice, but more of an easy going ‘Last Nite pt. 2’.
Basically, the new album by the Strokes was a surprise, but a great one nonetheless. Being a fan for many years, I didn’t know what to expect from the third album. But what I received went way beyond what I expected.Read more ›
Sure some tracks off their other disks like Last Nite, Take It Or Leave It, and Someday have a great catchy flow, but this CD has melody. His voice jumps with the drums on some tracks and seems to almost "dance". His lyrics aren't the deepest out their, but they're catchy and they don't take away from the music.
Favorite song on this album currently is Vision of Division. I've been waiting patiently for The Strokes to get some edge to their music and get rid of that poppy/trendy sound all bands are following. The solo on this track sounds like he's been listening to some Mars Volta, which is great is my opinion.
Although some songs have the similar pop-culture, trendy, cater to everyone feel, most of them (1, 2, 3, 6, 7, 10, 13, 14) feel like they are branching out and not caring what anyone says, just playing music how it should be played. With emotion.
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I am disapointed about this 3rd CD. Only buy it if you are a true fan!Published on July 21 2008 by Martine
Today, I went to the store, and I did not think twice about buying the album. I took it up to the counter and paid. Read morePublished on March 19 2006
The Strokes second CD was good but a pretty safe continuation of their debut. It had some stand outs but the sound hadn't changed. Read morePublished on Feb. 24 2006 by Darryl Brueckner
Before this album I was never a huge Strokes fan. But, after reading Jay McInerney's review of the band in New York magazine, I was convinced to give this album a listen. Read morePublished on Feb. 18 2006 by Brightlights23
On January 3 2006 The Strokes released thrir 3rd album called First impression of earth. On that note this cd gives you what The strokes are widely known for creating great music. Read morePublished on Jan. 18 2006 by Johnny
Well as a big fan of the strokes, I have to say that I was really disappointed with this new cd. To me it seems so bland and unoriginal. Read morePublished on Jan. 8 2006
I was able to pick up an advance copy of the album about a month in advance of its release. This is another very enjoyable album to contribute to the repertoire of what is... Read morePublished on Dec 14 2005 by James