The Strokes have a new album out as of January 3rd. I've never been the biggest fan, but after hearing the review for 'First Impressions of Earth' on NPR, I think I am sold. With a new producer, the vocals have stepped forward and the sound is tighter -- not so fuzzy. Any comments from the peanut gallery?
Holy crap. Josh? Are you feeling OK? I seem to recall having several, and I mean several arguments over the validity of the Strokes. I also seem to recall somebody arguing that they were extremely overrated and no more important than Britney Spears.
But, I'm glad to hear that you're considering getting on the bandwagon, especially now that the hordes of trendhoppers have gotten off.
So, as a self-professed huge Strokes fan (anybody else have "Is This It" on vinyl? or the red 7" for "Last Nite?" or the orange 7" for "Someday?" or the clear 7" for "Hard to Explain?" ok, yes, I'm an ebay dork), I agree with Josh that their latest effort shows a cleaner, tighter band. However, I do think that it isn't much of a departure from previous efforts. The only huge thing that has changed is their level of hype. My contention - they've always been good, they've just matured a tad. It's just that the angle of our examination has changed.
I knew I would catch heat for this. I still dislike the prior two efforts -- I hate fuzzy vocals throughout the album and apathetic guitars. They just seem to be putting on an air of being too cool for their own good. But they really seem in earnest on this album and play a fresh sound. I wouldn't say that I'm "on the bandwagon," we'll save that for Andrew Bird, but I am certainly willing to give them a try. Especially since the hype machine has slowed. If there's any bigger kill for me other than the hype machine, I haven't found it. Yet. See Clap Your Hands Say Yeah.