Room On Fire
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Rarely has the burden of expectation weighed so heavily as it does on the Strokes' second album. Room on Fire is an overwhelmingly anxious record, where the band's dilemmas are there for everyone to hear: should they make another record as concise as Is This It? Will they be able to capitalise on their wiry winning formula but avoid exhausting it? And can Julian Casablancas be convincingly offhand when we now know how much effort he makes to sound so disinterested? As a result, Room on Fire isn't an entirely successful album, but it's certainly a compelling one--the testament of five handsomely talented men struggling to work out what should happen next. At worst, songs like "You Talk Way Too Much" are paranoid retreads where the Strokes, having minted such a precise and appealing sound, seem doomed to repeat it in progressively more joyless ways.
But there are moments when Casablancas nudges his band into new, promising directions. "12:51" seems malnourished on first listen, but its sulky, understated twists soon turn out to be memorable. "Reptilia", meanwhile, showcases the fabulous--and teasingly underexploited--guitar playing of Albert Hammond and Nick Valensi, being a collection of chiming riffs and tumbling solos that suggest the Strokes should allow themselves the freedom to rock more often. Oh, and "Under Control" is a dream--specifically, one where the Smiths are playing "Tracks of My Tears". Best think of Room on Fire, then, as an album where the Strokes plot their escape from the predictable, but are a little too cautious to make a proper getaway. Courage, gentlemen. --John Mulvey
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Don't listen to the guys who think they are too cool for this disc. Once more then 5 other people like the same band they consider them sellouts. Listen to the album, judge for yourself.
If you like the kind of music that rarely gets made anymore, something with a soul, something with a hook, then you will love this one.
It sounds like one long song, but in a very good way. There aren't many blockbusters on this album (12:51, the popular single, is more just an 80's pop tune then anything their really about, and Reptilia and Under Control, being the masterpieces they are, stand alone as the standout tracks) therefore creating a harmonious, calm tone that resonates throughout the entire 30 some odd minutes. You can listen to this album as many times as you damn well please and i assure you, you won't get tired or sick of it.
This is a lot different then their other 2 albums. On Is This It, every song basically is a song in itself. Each song stands on it's own. They are a lot more punchy, more sing-a-long-y, more energetic. Same goes with First Impressions of Earth- every song is its own world. And i get tired of that album faster then the first two put together.
But with Room on Fire, you can just sit back and relax to it. It doesn't have a hyper, energetic presence, and each song is so beautifully constructed and Julians voice is so pleasantly in the background that it is tough to get sick of such a mellow, together sound. Each song needs the other. It all needs everything it has in order to work. 'You talk way too much''s repetitive sound wouldn't work on another album, it would sound, well, reptitive, but it seems to fit in perfectly in regards to its surroundings. 'Under control' wouldn't be the refreshing escape, the melodic heartstring tugger it is.Read more ›
The Strokes are the band that started the whole "garage rock scene" and in the past 3 years so many "the" bands came out with their own crap but no one was able to do it better than The Strokes. What's nice to see is that The Strokes influenced some great new bands that didn't just directly rip them off like Elementary Playground (on Purevolume) or Adam Green.
People need to realize that The Strokes are developing just as a band should. Their sound didn't change radically from their first album, but the album hardly sounds the same. It has a very different tone, much more serious and paranoid, and the band has created catchy new songs where it can clearly be seen that actual thought went into creating this music. That is much more than I can say about almost every other band out there.
I can't even really find all that many ways to contrast the two albums (other than what I just said above, that Is This It has more songs that you probably know). One thing I did notice, however, is that drummer Fab Moretti tends to experiment with some various rhythms throughout the album. The guitars and vocals have pretty much remained the same, Julian Casablancas continues to belt in his still mildly-distorted yet excellent vocals. His voice is a bit less apparent in these songs, the guitars mostly dominate most of the tracks. All of the recordings are really crisp and the instruments are nicely arranged in usual Strokes fashion.
So, all in all, Room on Fire is an album for someone who knows and loves the Strokes. It's really just another set of songs that is the same old Strokes, no better, no worse, and still just excellent!
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In my opinion, the Strokes best albums were 'Is This It' and 'Room on Fire'... both should be enjoyed on vinyl!Published 23 months ago by Ray2Jerry
Being a strokes fan... I will admit I expected more from this album. After their first album is this it, the songs are not as "happy" as the other one. Read morePublished on July 21 2008 by Martine
I totally love this CD. If you want something fresh and thats not like the crappy pop that's on the radio this is the CD and the band to give you what you're looking for. Read morePublished on July 7 2008 by Maria
Obviously Mr. "heidikakes" down there doesn't have a clue. He slaughtered this album in the most mindless ways insulting it as if it were his mission in life to do so. Read morePublished on Nov. 7 2004 by Gavin
Hello! This album is truly a must. The strokes have ,in a way, grown with room on fire by experimenting with new sounds. Read morePublished on July 31 2004 by Regina Lakes
Just because it doesn't sound like Britney or Puddle of Mudd doesn't mean it isn't uninspired generic garbage. This band is not talented nor original. Read morePublished on July 17 2004 by HeidiKakes
this is a good album. that is it, just good. 12fifty1 is a good song, so is reptilia. this is overrated.Published on July 16 2004 by Isaac Olson
am i alone in my view that 'room is fire' is superior to 'is this it'? their debut album has spent many, many hours in my CD rotation, and i know it backwards and forwards, and i... Read morePublished on July 14 2004 by amc654
this is one of my top five albums of all time. the effect it gives just to listen to 'room on fire' from the start to end is one of the most powerful musical experiences i can... Read morePublished on July 11 2004