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
Import only CD/DVD (NTSC/Region 0) pressing of their debut album included the controversial 'New York City Cops' which was replaced with 'Take It Or Leave It' on the US pressing. This import pressing also includes different artwork to the US version. The DVD (which features the same content as the now out-of-print US version) includes the bands 3 videos, 'Last Night', 'Hard To Explain' & 'Someday' as well as 2 un-aired live performances from MTV2's '2$Bill' show, 'Modern Age' & 'New York City Cops'. BMG.