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  • Audio CD (May 21 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Content/Copy-Protected CD, Explicit Lyrics
  • Label: Sony Music
  • ASIN: B000BVQ9JO
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 13 customer reviews
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1. You Only Live Once
2. Juicebox
3. Heart In A Cage
4. Razorblade
5. On The Other Side
6. Vision Of Division
7. Ask Me Anything
8. Electricityscape
9. Killing Lies
10. Fear Of Sleep
11. 15 Minutes
12. Ize Of The World
13. Evening Sun
14. Red Light

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First Impressions On Earth is the third album from the Strokes, and its 14 songs form an extremely persuasive argument that the Strokes are no longer just the most important band of their generation, but also well on their way to becoming one of the world's biggest bands, period. Features the first single 'Juicebox'. RCA. 2005.

Their prospects dangerously over-inflated by pundits who often hailed their debut as nothing short of rock-messianic, New York City's Strokes got a lesson in cynical rock-press dynamics when their biz-troubled, if similarly toned, '03 follow-up was dutifully dismissed as the proverbial sophomore slump. A lesser band might have been chastened by the experience; this one responds with a third album that positively bristles with energetic challenges. Revolving around a loose concept that allows songwriter/frontman Julian Casablancas to adopt a viewpoint that's as detached as it is world-weary and bemused, it's a record that quickly trades the often precious production conceits of its forebears for a muscular confidence that's notable from the infectious, back-to-the-'80s opener "You Only Live Once" to its perfect bookend "Red Light."

That often inviting sonic remodeling may come in part from Bangles/Sublime/Sugar Ray producer David Kahne (who replaces previous collaborator Gordon Raphael on all but a handful of cuts), but the band clearly has expansiveness on its mind, from a running length nearly twice its predecessors to such stylistic excursions as the cinematic, back-to-the-future riffing of the single "Juicebox," the spare, electro-baroque moodiness of "Ask Me Anything," and the dense, surprising prog flirtations of "Electrocityscape." "On the Other Side" finds Casablancas convincingly casting himself as the anti-Bono while crooning "I hate them, I hate them all, I hate myself for hating them" before chiding humanity as "seven billion people who've got nothing to say" on the otherwise upbeat closer, "Red Light." Wrapping such cynicism in more populist musical trappings is no mean feat, and the sheer reach of the Strokes' ambitions here insure they occasionally fall short. But it's a consistently intriguing effort, one that seems calculated as much to challenge the faithful as expand the band's own considerable horizons. --Jerry McCulley

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I have always been a big fan of the Strokes yet however biased I was prone to being, I can honestly say this is a great album. Give it a few listens though, because you've honestly got to listen to the songs a few times before you judge them. My personal favorites, "Ize the world" "Heart in a Cage" "Ask me Anything" and "You only live once" (a song I like as much as "Whatever Happened?", a difficult feat)
More importantly, why is there an Explicit lyrics warning on this? It isn't as though Julian didn't swear on 12:51, but that didn't seem to need a label then, so why now? Is it politically too dangerous to ask people about "citizens to terrorize... a market to monopolize... cities to vaporize"?. Regardless, I think you will enjoy the album.
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I remember when I first heard the Strokes. Before them, I was a hip-hop and R&B loving schoolgirl whose heroes were Jay-Z and Mariah Carey. But the second I heard 'New York City Cops', my heart skipped. In simple terms, the Strokes changed the way I functioned. All the music I adore now, would cease to exist [in my eyes] if these five scruffy New Yorkers didn't release their art for the world to hear. If it weren’t for them, I’d probably be in my room trying to imitate Mariah Carey…oh man, thank God for the Strokes.
From the days of 'Is this It' to today, with the release of 'First Impressions of Earth', I've definitely seen the boys mature and grow artistically.
The second I popped 'F.I.O.E' into my stereo, I can truthfully say that this was the first time that I had fell in love with an album upon the first listen. The arrangements seemed so complex, and Julian’s lyrics and voice brought beauty and change to the table. There was so much heart and emotion put into each piece. This album signifies a lot for the Strokes, revealing creativity and depth beyond words.
The first single released was entitled ‘Juicebox’. It felt like a surge of lightning striking me when I first heard it. It was so unpredictable and unexpected. I’m sure most fans, including myself, weren’t expecting Julian’s distraught and anxious lyrics and voice, but more of an easy going ‘Last Nite pt. 2’.
Basically, the new album by the Strokes was a surprise, but a great one nonetheless. Being a fan for many years, I didn’t know what to expect from the third album. But what I received went way beyond what I expected.
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Finally some edge. Starting with the title track right down do the last one, this CD raises the bar. I was shocked to read reviews online claiming this disk is boring and sloppy (p i t c h f o r k m e d i a . c o m) as it finally shows some emotion.
Sure some tracks off their other disks like Last Nite, Take It Or Leave It, and Someday have a great catchy flow, but this CD has melody. His voice jumps with the drums on some tracks and seems to almost "dance". His lyrics aren't the deepest out their, but they're catchy and they don't take away from the music.
Favorite song on this album currently is Vision of Division. I've been waiting patiently for The Strokes to get some edge to their music and get rid of that poppy/trendy sound all bands are following. The solo on this track sounds like he's been listening to some Mars Volta, which is great is my opinion.
Although some songs have the similar pop-culture, trendy, cater to everyone feel, most of them (1, 2, 3, 6, 7, 10, 13, 14) feel like they are branching out and not caring what anyone says, just playing music how it should be played. With emotion.
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all i can say is that there has hardly been any albums these days that i can sit through and listen to all the way. "is this it?" did that for me. this album though is far different than their others. this album is filled with emotion, integrity, and willingness to make a totally new sound for the strokes. "you only live once" is indeed a favorite of mine by them. other songs that follow the new Strokes song structure: "juicebox", "heart in a cage", "razorblade", "vision of division", "electricityscape", "fear of sleep", "evening sun", "ize of the world", and "red light"! all of the songs listed are strong songs for a band like the strokes to make. although, there are some tracks that don't fit the album very well, it stays consistent and ends up being the perfect album to start off the year 2006. when this cd eventually hits the stores, i hope every strokes fan can enjoy this new record, for it's a classic.
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It seems that everywhere i look, everyone is looking for the second coming of 'Is This It'. The fact is, 'Is This It' will be hard to top simply because it paved the way and was the original cool not to mention it caught the music world off gaurd. I thought 'Room On Fire' was an awesome follow up, fully aware that no band wants to put out the same album as their last but expand on what works while still trying something new. Which leads into the new album. 'Impressions' is a huge stride for The Strokes. Take this album for what it is - great music. There's no question that 'You Only Live Once' will go down as one of the best Strokes songs and as a fan and a connoisseur of music it's great to hear the fleshed out drums, bass, guitars and lyrics. And that is the common theme with the entire album. I could easily write how i like every song on the album, which i do, but for the reader who is still unsure whether or not to buy i will make it simple for you: if you like The Strokes, you'll love the album. If you are a fairweather 'is this it' fan - do yourself a solid and take the time to enjoy everything The Strokes have to offer, it's not all as accessible as 'Is This It' but none of it should disappoint a true fan of music. With that said, the first half of the album is the strongest but by no means is the rest weak...just check 'Ize of the World' and see how it holds up to 'NYC Cops' and 'Reptilia' and you will be a happy fan like me! Remember that if it wasn't for evolution we'd all still be monkeys according to Darwin - so enjoy!
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