|1. You Only Live Once|
|3. Heart In A Cage|
|5. On The Other Side|
|6. Vision Of Division|
|7. Ask Me Anything|
|9. Killing Lies|
|10. Fear Of Sleep|
|11. 15 Minutes|
|12. Ize Of The World|
|13. Evening Sun|
|14. Red Light|
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.
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.
Ignore the critics labeling this album as misguided or falling short of what the Strokes are capable of. This is an awesome album and shows that they are in it for the long haul. Julian Casablancas voice sounds fuller, more alive and exercises greater emotional range. The band has found a groove that can't be matched with tight beats and outstanding guitar work. Electricityscape, You Only Live Once, and Razorblade are my favorites.
Welcome to the sound of The Strokes evolving and moving forward without losing their edge. If they had dumped a couple of the so-so songs from the final track listing to bring it down to 12 - this would have been five stars all the way.