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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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5.0 out of 5 stars A satisfied fan of The Strokes June 3 2014
Format:LP Record|Verified Purchase
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Must have Feb. 11 2014
By ty
Format:LP Record|Verified Purchase
So influencial. So awesome. I enjoy all of the strokes albums on some level but this one is something special
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3.0 out of 5 stars Great album, poor quality vinyl. Dec 5 2012
Format:LP Record|Verified Purchase
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. The actual condition of the vinyl itself was the problem. It sounds fine, but it has a warp in one side that keeps reminding me of how angry I am every time it comes around...about 33 and 1/3 times a minute.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fast Service! Aug. 24 2010
Format:Audio CD
This seller is really fast / good. The CD is fun to listen to. It's a must-have for any Strokes fan!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The strokes best album July 21 2008
By Martine
Format:Audio CD
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!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good times then and now. Aug. 16 2007
Format:Audio CD
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 fan to getting on an endless journey of finding great music. So if you think that the strokes aren't cool enough to push anyone to like music, you can stop reading now as your probably now biased against my opinion.

I used to listen to this all the time and even today and pop it in and enjoy it as though I'm hearing it for the first time. Every song fits. Every melody and sounds seem perfectly placed. Every lyric is still embedded in my memory.

Despite the likeness of Casablanca's voice and singing style to that of Lou Reed, this is no VU record. It doesn't break ground, push the limits of music through insane distortion or even contain life altering lyrics that you would expect from someone touting this as a must own record. What it has is pace, style and songs so catchy you'll be singing them in your head for months to come. Lyrics awesome enough to think about and smile, recalling past experiences in your life. Musical backing that sweeps you and engages you through the entire record.

Some people buy this because they heard "Last Night" one day while at a bar. This cd isn't about "Last Night". It's a great song. It's song #7 and that's where it belongs: between the slower "Alone, together" and the faster "Hard to Explain".

Some people buy this because they like Interpol and these two bands seem to get compared all the time. All they have in common is that both bands released and album near each other that happened to be amazing (If your looking for more Interpol, I recommend the Stills' "Logic Will break your Heart").
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5.0 out of 5 stars flawless album![UK issue] Aug. 13 2005
Format:Audio CD
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. The North American issue has been ruined by taking off NYC cops and replacing it with another track which sounds like something to slap on a single as a bside. Rumours say that it was removed from the album after release because of the september 11th tragedy, which isn't surprising and was probably best to take the track off. But i do think it's stupid that they still dont issue the North American album with NYC Cops on it. People are going to be able to hear the track anyway from a little thing we call the internet.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Greatest Record ever made!! July 12 2004
By Joey
Format:Audio CD
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. Julian Casablancas dull drone is incredible, and the band is just as brilliant. Nick and Albert are two guitarists who complement each other as good as Slash and Izzy ever did. Nickolai bass is always consistent, and Fab is the best thing on drums in a long while. From the creative opener "Is this it" to the album, and set-closer "Take it or leave it" there is not a dull moment. You could argue "Led Zeppelin I" and you could argue "Appetite for Destruction", but "Is this it" will never be duplicated.
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