The Strokes- Angles: Album Review
March 25, 2011 § 3 Comments
Being a huge fan of The Strokes ever since I heard “Juicebox”, I was ecstatic to hear that the New York City-based band was gearing up to record their fourth studio album. The Strokes, known for their fresh spin on the “Indie” sound, haven’t released an album since 2006, so the wait for a new album was much-anticipated. Angles, released on March 18th 2011, was met with mixed reviews. Being a dedicated fan of the band, I feel this album did not have the punch I was expecting. Sure I enjoy the album, but it isn’t a memorably hard-hitting record.
Songs like “Taken For a Fool” brings me back to the good old days of Is This It?, with Julian Casablancas’s gritty yet soothing voice and Fabrizio Moretti’s nonchalant licks on the guitar. Other tracks like “Machu Picchu” find the band members trying a new, 80’s inspired sound that works in their favor. “Gratisfaction” (the highlight track of the album) gives the record a jolt of much-needed energy with its rockabilly attitude, making a great nod to the Beatles in their early days. Songs like “Games” tries to tap into the old Strokes vein, but fail; the band members sound uninspired.
With a majority of forgettable songs that lack an overall connection and a forced vibe that makes the band members seem uninterested in the creative process of this record, Angles served as a slight disappointment to anyone, fan or not, who appreciates good rock music.
Overall Rating: 3/5 stars
Songs on Repeat
“Under Cover of Darkness”
Songs to Skip
“You’re So Right”
“Call Me Back”