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Room On Fire

The Strokes Audio CD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (344 customer reviews)
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1. What Ever Happened?
2. Reptilia
3. Automatic Stop
4. 12:51
5. You Talk Way Too Much
6. Between Love & Hate
7. Meet Me In The Bathroom
8. Under Control
9. The Way It Is
10. The End Has No End
11. I Can't Win

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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great album on vinyl! Feb. 24 2014
Format:LP Record|Verified Purchase
In my opinion, the Strokes best albums were 'Is This It' and 'Room on Fire'... both should be enjoyed on vinyl!
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is it. Jan. 11 2005
Format:Audio CD
I bought this record after asking the guy at the shop for "something that rocks, and doesn't suck." This CD completely fit the bill. It's the kind of album that you can listen to over and over again, the hooks become like friends, and you hear them in your head when you're not even listening to the music.
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.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Are these the B-Sides from Is This It? Nov. 11 2003
Format:Audio CD
I hear no growth whatsoever, but its so damn catchy. Room on Fire is basically the same album they wrote two years ago. Don't get me wrong,i would much rather listen to this than Hansen or Train. The STrokes are obviously fully aware that they have a unique sound, and have it perfected, as we hear on Room On Fire. BUT where are the acoustic sounds, the harmonies, clear vocals, a slow song, a harmonica? a touch of something different, and don't say 12:51 and The End is the End sounds different, cus one guitar lick doesn't define an entire sound or give anyone the right to say the Strokes have grown. My point is that the Strokes have so much potential, but have seemed to make a SAFETY album here. I saw them recently in Missasauga, and it was BORING (they're not an arena rock band YET). I actually ran into them they next day on the street but had nothing good to say to them so i bought a Vancouver Canucks shirt instead. I felt much better then.
The songs are all catchy and have a life of their own, but honestly they sound WAAAAAAY to much alike. I'm a fan of the music and this album, BUT i hope they do something different in the future.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Strokes' first great CD? Nov. 7 2003
Format:Audio CD
The world of critics couldn't shut up about this band a couple of years ago, but I get the feeling like it's *this* record that will gain the most following.
It's eleven songs that admittedly sound exactly like the Strokes. But somehow, the vocal fluctuations (however drab they may be at times), Fraiture's basslines, and Valensi's melodic guitar playing sound so much better this time around -- so much more inspired. Even the shortcomings seem irrelevant: the lyrics are more simple at times, but Casablancas sure sings the hell out of them. They play so tight, that these guys kiss eachother is definitely in the scope of probability.
Call the record "Strokes filler," but the cuts on the whole win out over their first outing in a lot of ways. I could go on about song structures, hooks (or no hooks), and choruses, but simply put: at the close of each song I am excited about the next one. Part of me is surprised that I can get truly excited about Velvet Underground and Television inflections throughout -- but I am. That makes Room on Fire a new sort of accomplishment, capable of getting me to change my attitude on decades-old music.
I suppose you can't have a second date without a first, and it was 2001's effort, after all, that really got this thing going. However, only at this point have I stopped debating -- and finally decided that this must be it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good but not enough July 21 2008
By Martine
Format:Audio CD
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. First CD 5 star, second CD 4 star & third CD 3 stars... it just goes downhill!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love this CD & band!! July 7 2008
By Maria
Format:Audio CD
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. I perfer this CD than the band's first CD "Is This It". That 1 What Ever Happened? is worth in my opinion the price of the CD it's self! Love it!
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By A.C.
Format:Audio CD
While this album was made under increasing pressure on the bands part to release something in a matter of monthes, and while Julian himself admits he was not happy with it, and while the entire band said if they had more time then this record would have been exceptional, i think this album has what a lot of albums don't.
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Inspired, Fresh Rock & Roll
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 more
Published on Nov. 7 2004 by Gavin
4.0 out of 5 stars My review for the awesome room on fire!!
Hello! This album is truly a must. The strokes have ,in a way, grown with room on fire by experimenting with new sounds. Read more
Published on July 31 2004 by Regina Lakes
1.0 out of 5 stars ugh
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 more
Published on July 17 2004 by HeidiKakes
3.0 out of 5 stars Sorry about the confusion
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
4.0 out of 5 stars ?
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 more
Published on July 14 2004 by amc654
5.0 out of 5 stars i have no title, leave me alone
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 more
Published on July 11 2004
1.0 out of 5 stars TRASH
Published on July 8 2004 by "amar_sososoni"
4.0 out of 5 stars The Strokes Keep it Comin'
Room on Fire does not sound exactly like Is This It, nor does sound it sound completely different, but what we have here is a much tighter, polished sounding recording from a band... Read more
Published on July 5 2004 by Andrew
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