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Smackdown: The Strokes

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Julian Casablancas and Co. debuted in 2001 with the critically acclaimed album Is This It and helped put New York rock back on the map. Now the Strokes are back - after a puzzling, difficult five-year hiatus - with the new album Angles. J. Edward Keyes, editor-in-chief of eMusic, and Sophie Harris, music writer for Time Out New York, join us to debate this comeback album.

Listeners: What do you think of The Strokes new album? Is it a return to form? Or just a return? Weigh in!


Sophie Harris and J. Edward Keyes

Comments [23]


I think the two main reason people don't like this album is because: 1) they're want to hear the first album 2) they find it hard to listen to. This is my first Strokes album and I love it, turned off at first by the 80's production, but the way they collage different moods and arrange their songs won me over.

Jul. 14 2011 01:30 PM

While I found Angles initially somewhat baffling, I'm now totally sold.on the record - it's brilliant. In fact, I think it is as good as Is This It? but instead of being of their time they are ahead of it. Joe said something about them "needing" to find their place in the cultural landscape. Screw that - they're artists and have no obligation to anyone. I think most people who are dissing the record either haven't given it enough time or simply can't get over their expectations.

Apr. 12 2011 11:02 AM

This is copied from what I posted on the 25th. Seems like the majority of posters hate these poseurs just as much as I do.

The Strokes are, without a doubt, the single most overrated, overhyped band in history. Reflects the traditional NYC-centricity of so many idiot critics. If they came from any other place they would be labelled what they are, pure unadulterated garbage.

Apr. 03 2011 12:54 PM
jjj from Las vegas

@ Jack Macco If you haven't headrd whats so great about them you obviously had cum in your ears while listening to them. Or you did not liste to their first album. Probably both.

Mar. 30 2011 01:07 PM
Tatiana from NYC

They are amazing I will always love them this album is amazing event though it has some iffy tracks.

Mar. 29 2011 10:33 PM

Loved it!

Mar. 29 2011 02:57 PM
Juli from Skillman, NJ

You know, this reminds me of the Moulin Rouge soundtrack (Baz Luhrmann). It seems like the same style as they too were spoofing pop music in this fashion.

I'm kind of liking it.

Mar. 29 2011 02:56 PM
susy from manhattan

hetero men never like the strokes. it's just a fact.

the reason is that the strokes have the cool sound and the cool look the girls like.

because of this, men are exceedingly hard on them.

Mar. 29 2011 02:32 PM
arlene schwartz from nyc

if you didn't know the name of the band how would you rate it?

Mar. 29 2011 02:31 PM

their is no rebellion in this music and definitely NOT revolutionary. That would be Never Mind The Bollock by the Sex Pistols.

Mar. 29 2011 02:28 PM
Jack Macco from Astoria

I have attempted to see what the big deal is about the Strokes & I still don't see it...
or hear it!
Is it similiar to the Dead, where you've got to be chemically alterted to see the greatness?
Not willing to go that route. They're hype
& I won't be losing sleep over their every move. Can we talk about a band that really matters?

Mar. 29 2011 02:27 PM
Chris Van DYke from Bed-Stuy

Playing that clip from "Is this It?" as the intro just highlights why this new album can't be anything but dissapointing. That song was perfect -- this new stuff is okay, but forgettable. I haven't been waiting for a new strokes album, since while I loved their debut, they always struck me as a one-trick band, and I (along with the rest of the New York rock scene) has moved on.

Mar. 29 2011 02:27 PM
Antonio from Mexico City

Let's face it, "Is This It?" is the best, and ever since that point, we've become less interested in the follow ups.

"Angles" suffers from being a very anti climactic release, that suddenly became so passe, even before it was released.

Mar. 29 2011 02:26 PM

The Who did their schtick better.

Mar. 29 2011 02:26 PM
erik from brooklyn

Why is it news that the strokes have a bad record? They can craft something palatable, sure, but let's face it: television is who they're trying to be and the walkmen are better at emulating the same sources.

Mar. 29 2011 02:24 PM
coleman from Midtown

The first two records were great - but like many other bands, it was a time and a place...or maybe im just getting older

Mar. 29 2011 02:22 PM
Jeff Douglas

I've been around for a while. Seen a lot of music during the past 40 years.
I went to see The Strokes and The White Stripes at Radio City around 10 years ago.
I thought (and still do) that the Strokes were a bunch of poseurs. Way over rated!
I think they were hyped by the British music press.
NYC rock and roll-give me the NY Dolls, Television, etc...not The Strokes

Mar. 29 2011 02:21 PM
violet from brooklyn ny

Yes !
the first thought that came to my mind was "oh it's the Cars"
and then -Hmm "ELO?"
yes i miss them and have been loyal for ten years-even dragged my kids into my strokes frenzy for the last 10 years...
now im nervous gto go to the MSG show-
Will i hear only crickets as they introduce some of these poppy tunes? keeping my fingers crossed...

Mar. 29 2011 02:19 PM
frank from downtown ny

BORING...poor rich kids.

Mar. 29 2011 02:18 PM

First LP was annoying... I was enjoying their time off... now I have a new LP to avoid. UGH!

Mar. 29 2011 02:18 PM
Nick from UWS

Sophie Harris is letting her fascination with "bad boys" interfere with her critical judgement of music.

Mar. 29 2011 02:17 PM

I just don't get it. Don't get it at all. This is worth of discussion? He sounds like he's singing into a telephone with a pillow over his mouth. Literally cannot understand a word he is singing. WTF?

Mar. 29 2011 02:12 PM

not to be hating on ms. harris,but is she looking to set a record for sound check appearances ? how about some other voices john . please........

Mar. 29 2011 01:18 PM

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