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Is This It

The Strokes Audio CD
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1. Is This It
2. The Modern Age
3. Soma
4. Barely Legal
5. Someday
6. Alone, Together
7. Last Nite
8. Hard To Explain
9. When It Started
10. Trying Your Luck
11. Take It Or Leave It

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With all the media hype that dogged the Strokes before the release of their debut album, it's rather apt that they chose the title Is This It. On the strength of just five songs released on two singles, the Strokes were being hailed as everything from the saviors of rock & roll to the Savior himself. Surely, few bands could live up to the impossibly high standards set for this young five-piece, but the band needn't have worried: Is This It is one of the most exciting and energetic debut albums to spring from New York's long-dormant club scene. 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. --Robert Burrow

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Considering the enormous amount of hype the came attached with this album on its first release, it's interesting to see several years on if it still stands up to closer scrutiny. And surprisingly the answer is an emphatic 'Yes'. The raw paired down sound, still feels vital and self-assured, energetic and anxious. Tracks such as "Is This it" & "Last Nite" still brim with a confident swagger from a band that were yet to truly establish themselves as a viable act. "Alone Together" & "Trying your luck" express the more contemplative side to the band, that dismissed critics arguements that the band were a pastiche of new wave 80's bands like "Blondie", "The Police"....(although I'll concede that the band are obvious admirers of "the Velvet Underground"). Even though the songs that weren't released as singles and make up the rest of the album ("Trying Your luck", Take it or leave it", "Someday"), still remain impressive even today, and more importantly their knack with an infectious melody appears to be no one off!!! And although the jerky guitars, Convulsive drumming and exuberant sneer of vocalist "Julian Casablancas'" urgent singing, has since been copied a thousand times over since the release of this debut. Many people will still come here, to find the answers to the raw, revealing and minimal production values, that were able to make the mainstream (mostly) sit up and notice.
Nobody here is trying to pretend that what Casablancas and Co, were trying to do is original or new.....
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4.0 out of 5 stars Is this it... I'd say yes May 14 2004
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Media hype follows the Strokes like a hungry dog. But with its classic-inspired uptown-grit rock, it's undeniable that while they aren't exactly the saviors of rock'n'roll, they are a solid and enjoyable chunk of it. "Is This It" offers the answer to its own drawled question.
A pounding rhythm and several variations of the question "Is this it?" kick off the title track, a swaying rock melody. Following it are a catchy, gritty collection of lo-fi rockers. The uniquely-named Julian Casablancas drones in a delicious monotone through the fast-moving "Barely Legal," the uneasy "Leave Me Alone," the deceptively simple-sounding "Last Night," and the skipping percussion of "Hard to Explain."
Due to the lavish praise heaped on the Strokes, they've become a love-'em-or-hate-'em phenomena. They're obviously influenced by the legendary Velvet Underground, Stooges and Television, but with a twenty-first century twist of New Yorker ennui and art-rock underpinnings.
Nick Valensi and Albert Hammond's complex guitar riffs are the gems of this album -- they drone, they skip, they reverberate, and they sear. Nikolai Fraiture's bass is a good dark edge, and Fabrizo Moretti's drumming sounds like little strikes of lighting -- fast, sharp and out of the blue.
Julian Casablancas has now become the reference point for male singers who sing in a bored monotone, as if too jaded to show emotion in a song. The only time he breaks out of it is in "Barely Legal," where he almost sounds excited at times. "I wanna steal your innocence/To me my life it don't make sense," he says, and sounds like he means it.
The Strokes are far from being the saviors of rock'n'roll. But their punk-tinged New Yawker rock is still some pretty good music, and "Is This It" remains a likable if spotty debut.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Take It Or Leave It May 7 2004
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When these guys released the first single, "Last Night," I wasn't impressed. Not because I felt that they were ripping off Velvet Underground-my reason was even worse...I was still trying to enjoy my oh-so-tough nu-metal. Well, two years later, after witnessing Spin magazine devote every issue to these guys, I bought the second release and loved it. Naturally I had to go get this one. Though not that much different, "Is This Is It" is the better one. My lyric interpretation of this song is that poor, pretty boy Julious wants to smash, yet his date has got him jumping thtough hoops to do so. We've all been there. There is plenty of cocky swagger on this album. They do indeed sound like rich kids who need a punch or two. "New York City" Cops, which has a differnt name on the U.S release, addresses the intelligence of the NYPD. It's quite ironic that I got into a wreck while playing this song and the cops were actually cool. My favorite track "Take It Or Leave It," is pure punk glory. (I think) it refers to some jealous dude that's mad cause his girl's eyeing New York's coolest band. This is great stuff. Sometimes it sounds proto-punk, sometimes post-punk. These labels kill me. All in all, it's worth the hype.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Short and very sweet April 19 2004
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Before all the cynics start, the 'hype' had no effect on me because I never heard any of the hype. I had seen 'Last Nite', '12:51'and 'Reptilia' on music channels, all three of which I found infectiously catchy. Nobody had ever told me about the strokes, and I don't usually buy music magazines, so I went out and bought both albums based on hearing these songs alone.
I came home and listened to this album, and I was very pleased with my purchase, although at first I thought some of the songs were a little similar to each other. I dispelled this idea after listening for a second time and began to enjoy each of the tracks on different levels. No, they don't fill me with some deep emotion or inspire me to achieve greater things, but they do make me feel good, very good. Each song flows along seamlessly. The guitar playing is excellent, everything has a fantastic rhythm to it and the lyrics are delivered brilliantly.
Many people don't like the Strokes because they don't like that the fact that they are highly influenced by past bands. So what? The fact is that, these days, there aren't many bands around who make music like the Strokes do. I see it as bringing back a good thing from the past.
I enjoy every song on the album, and I would say that 'Take it or leave it' is just about my favourite. 4/5 because, despite being an excellent collection of songs, it isn't quite long enough to be considered a classic. Great to listen to and as good as 'Room on Fire'. Can't wait for their third release.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Great band! Good CD
Published 11 days ago by Island Kate
5.0 out of 5 stars A satisfied fan of The Strokes
The record was high quality and comes with the iconic "The Strokes" logo in the middle. Not really much to say but it's what you would expect in a vinyl.
Published 2 months ago by Eric Cheung
5.0 out of 5 stars Must have
So influencial. So awesome. I enjoy all of the strokes albums on some level but this one is something special
Published 6 months ago by ty
3.0 out of 5 stars Great album, poor quality vinyl.
I wanted to have this awesome album on vinyl. No need to comment on the content of the record itself as The Strokes hit this one out of the park. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Joshua McClinchey
5.0 out of 5 stars Fast Service!
This seller is really fast / good. The CD is fun to listen to. It's a must-have for any Strokes fan!
Published on Aug. 24 2010 by AD
5.0 out of 5 stars The strokes best album
I am a fan of the stokes & if you had to buy only one album, I recommend this one. Many classic songs on this CD... very happy music!
Published on July 21 2008 by Martine
5.0 out of 5 stars Good times then and now.
I'll start this off by saying: I may be biased. My sister gave me this record when it was released back when I was still in high school and it pushed me from being a casual music... Read more
Published on Aug. 16 2007 by Cary Brenson
5.0 out of 5 stars flawless album![UK issue]
this is a great debut. ever song is catchy in its own way and the lyrics are good also. In the title of my review i put UK issue, meaning that this is 5 stars for the UK issue. Read more
Published on Aug. 13 2005 by Jonathan
5.0 out of 5 stars The Greatest Record ever made!!
I honestly believe this is the best record ever recorded. This album not only jumpstarted a revolution, but contains the best music I've ever heard. Read more
Published on July 12 2004 by Joey
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the greatest albumbs of all time
The creative fuel that drives mandy rock stars to create masterpieces can either be clear or hidden. The strokes leave little to the imagination in regard to their juviant drive. Read more
Published on July 8 2004
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