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Is This It (Vinyl) Limited Edition
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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 --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
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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").Read more ›
Nobody here is trying to pretend that what Casablancas and Co, were trying to do is original or new.....Read more ›
A pounding rhythm and several variations of the question "Is this it?" kick off the title track, a swaying rock melody. Following it are a catchy, gritty collection of lo-fi rockers. The uniquely-named Julian Casablancas drones in a delicious monotone through the fast-moving "Barely Legal," the uneasy "Leave Me Alone," the deceptively simple-sounding "Last Night," and the skipping percussion of "Hard to Explain."
Due to the lavish praise heaped on the Strokes, they've become a love-'em-or-hate-'em phenomena. They're obviously influenced by the legendary Velvet Underground, Stooges and Television, but with a twenty-first century twist of New Yorker ennui and art-rock underpinnings.
Nick Valensi and Albert Hammond's complex guitar riffs are the gems of this album -- they drone, they skip, they reverberate, and they sear. Nikolai Fraiture's bass is a good dark edge, and Fabrizo Moretti's drumming sounds like little strikes of lighting -- fast, sharp and out of the blue.
Julian Casablancas has now become the reference point for male singers who sing in a bored monotone, as if too jaded to show emotion in a song. The only time he breaks out of it is in "Barely Legal," where he almost sounds excited at times. "I wanna steal your innocence/To me my life it don't make sense," he says, and sounds like he means it.
The Strokes are far from being the saviors of rock'n'roll. But their punk-tinged New Yawker rock is still some pretty good music, and "Is This It" remains a likable if spotty debut.
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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.Published on June 3 2014 by Eric Cheung
So influencial. So awesome. I enjoy all of the strokes albums on some level but this one is something specialPublished on Feb. 11 2014 by ty
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. Read morePublished on Dec 5 2012 by Joshua McClinchey
This seller is really fast / good. The CD is fun to listen to. It's a must-have for any Strokes fan!Published on Aug. 24 2010 by AD
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!Published on July 21 2008 by Martine
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. Read morePublished on Aug. 13 2005 by Jonathan