The Strokes / Angles


Angles

The Strokes are an American rock band formed in 1998 in New York City. The band consists of Julian Casablancas (lead vocals), Nick Valensi (guitar), Albert Hammond, Jr. (guitar), Nikolai Fraiture (bass guitar) and Fabrizio Moretti (drums and percussion). The Strokes have been named one of the most prominent indie bands to emerge in the 21st century.

Upon the release of their debut album Is This It in 2001, the group met much critical acclaim.[2] Since then, the band has maintained a large fan base, mostly in the UK, US, Canada and Australia. A number of members have embarked on a variety of side projects, although a fourth album, entitled Angles, was released on March 22, 2011.

The Analysis:

Machu Picchu—-Coming out of the silence with a slight bit of a more Electronic sound than expected, you are wrapped in a blanket of comfortability the moment Julian opens his mouth. This is The Strokes…a bit less raw, a bit more polished but delivered with energy and committment. I love this man…the rest of the band is pretty awesome also!

Under Cover Of Darkness—-Returning to a more garage based sound that hearkens back to the 90’s raw sound of alternative, Casablancas howl seems almost a normal part of every track. This has a nice drum track…moved to the very front of the mix. Julian croons at times….I love that part of his voice. This is a classic Strokes track…seemingly like a perfect track for the frontman’s previous solo record…yet the band makes it its own…injecting it with energy and urgency…really a favorite track of mine.

Two Kinds Of Happiness—-Every track…from beginning to end on this release manages to be a surprise to me…this is no exception. The musical landscape is a bit relaxed from the very onset…Casablancas delivers a vocal that is pushed to the back of the mix and only comes forward for the huge chorus. this becomes noisy and then settles again at a moments notice…just remarkable. The guitars delivered on this track are exquisite…the drums in your face as expected and the vocal causes shivers!!!

You’re So Right—-This is incredible….full of a New Wave flavor I never expected. The vocal effects add so much to the song…causing your ears to believe there are many Julian’s singing all at once. The guitar is fantastic and electric. The rhythm section is key…adding a full landscape to the song…as the bass guitar takes you places away from the song. This is stellar…damn near genius!!!

Taken For A Fool—-With a nice guitar lead and a snotty vocal, this reminds me more of early Strokes records than anything else on this release. At times it actually makes me think of The Cars!!! Only the magnificent vocal of Casablanca’s reminds you whom you are listening to. This is yet another magnificent track…energetic and delivered with surprising commitment!!!

Games—-This REALLY reminds me of some of the tracks from Julian’s solo effort. The electronics is all over this track…laden with an emotional bass line and some keyboards that rival the best of the 80’s. This is beyond perfect…this is a dream for me…I will be loving this release for a very long time….let’s hope it is not another 5 years before we are rewarded.

Call Me Back—-Beginning with a nice high tuned bass line, Julian delivers a creaky vocal that only causes me to smile. His false miserable mood makes me almost laugh. This is a nice throwback to classic UK 80’s pop….reminding me that anyone can be miserable enough if you wish yourself to be. This song seems to be devoid of drums altogether…a bit of a surprise for me. This is quiet, introspective and features a vocal that is full of air and a nice attitude of despair…stellar!!!

Gratisfaction—-A nice return to the Garage-infused pop that made this band a favorite, this track is another favorite of mine. Julian delivers a stellar vocal, but for me it is the band that steals the show on this song. The drums are incredible and the leads are addictive as hell. When the whole band joins in on the vocal, the song becomes huge and pleasant. Fantastic!!!!

Metabolism—-Much more aggressive at the onset, the vocal enters and slows the momentum a bit…but the whine from Julian is so masterful you barely notice. At times, Casablancas even manages to howl his way through the song…reminding me of a watered down Muse….all of these songs will play so well in arenas and festivals for the band. The guitar is fantastic and the drums are delivered at a frantic pace. When Julian sings that he wants to be somebody…you want to remind him…he really, really is!!!!

Life Is Simple In The Moonlight—-Ending this stellar release on a somber note at the onset, the chorus that accompanies this track makes it another very favorite song of mine. this is exquisite…Julain delivers a schizophrenic vocal that again gives me goosebumps from head to toe. This is the end and it makes me sad…but perhaps this is just the beginning…hope you guys are writing already….I need more from you. This is a fantastic release!!!!

***** out of 5 [!!!!!]

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