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Is This It

The Strokes

2001

Is This It

Album Summary

Is This It is the debut studio album by American rock band the Strokes. It was first released on July 30, 2001, in Australia, with RCA Records handling the release internationally and Rough Trade Records handling the United Kingdom release. It was recorded at Transporterraum in New York City with producer Gordon Raphael during March and April 2001. For their debut, the band strived to capture a simple sound that was not significantly enhanced in the studio. Building on their 2001 EP The Modern Age, the band members molded compositions largely through live takes during recording sessions, while songwriter and lead singer Julian Casablancas continued to detail the lives and relationships of urban youth. Following its completion, the Strokes embarked on a promotional world tour before its release. The album was released gradually in different countries as their tour continued, with it being released in Japan on August 22 and the United Kingdom on August 27. The album's original cover photograph caused controversy for being too sexually explicit, and was replaced for the US market. Following the September 11 attacks in New York City, the American compact disc release was delayed from September 25 to October 9 and had its track list amended, with the song "New York City Cops" being removed and replaced with the newly written track "When It Started"; however, the American vinyl release still includes the track as a result of its release falling on September 11. Three singles were released from the album: "Hard to Explain", "Last Nite", and "Someday". Promoted by the music press for its twin-guitar interplay and melodic, pop-influenced sound, Is This It peaked at number 33 on the US Billboard 200 and number two on the UK Albums Chart, going on to achieve platinum status in several countries. It received critical acclaim, with many praising it for its charisma and rhythm, which often referenced the works of 1970s garage rock bands. The release of the album is widely considered to be a watershed moment, and crucial in the reinvention of post-millennium guitar music. It has featured in several publications' lists of the best albums of the 2000s and of all time.

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Rating

3.89

Votes

5653

Genres

  • Rock
  • Indie
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Tue Mar 09 2021
5

Blessed and cursed with an enormous amount of hype from the British press, the Strokes prove to be one of the few groups deserving of their glowing reviews. Granted, their high-fashion appeal and faultless influences -- Television, the Stooges, and especially Lou Reed and the Velvets -- have "critics' darlings" written all over them. But like the similarly lauded Elastica and Supergrass before them, the Strokes don't rehash the sounds that inspire them -- they remake them in their own image. On the Modern Age EP, singles like Hard to Explain, and their full-length debut, Is This It, the N.Y.C. group presents a pop-inflected, second-generation take on late-'70s New York punk, complete with raw, world-weary vocals, spiky guitars, and an insistently chugging backbeat. However, their songs also reflected their own early-twenties lust for life; singer/songwriter/guitarist Julian Casablancas and the rest of the band mix swaggering self-assurance with barely concealed insecurity on "The Modern Age" and reveal something akin to earnestness on "Barely Legal" -- a phrase that could apply to the Strokes themselves -- in the song's soaring choruses. The group revamps "Lust for Life" on "New York City Cops" and combines their raw power and infectious melodies on "Hard to Explain," arguably the finest song they've written in their career. Nearly half of Is This It consists of their previously released material, but that's not really a disappointment since those songs are so strong. What makes their debut impressive, however, is that the new material more than holds its own with the tried-and-true songs. "Is This It" sets the joys of being young, jaded, and yearning to a wonderfully bouncy bassline; "Alone Together" and "Trying Your Luck" develop the group's brooding, coming-down side, while "Soma," "Someday," and "Take It or Leave It" capture the Strokes at their most sneeringly exuberant. Able to make the timeworn themes of sex, drugs, and rock & roll and the basic guitars-drum-bass lineup seem new and vital again, the Strokes may or may not be completely arty and calculated, but that doesn't prevent Is This It from being an exciting, compulsively listenable debut. [In light of the World Trade Center disaster, the track "New York City Cops" was pulled from the U.S. release].

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Thu Jan 21 2021
5

2001 was mega wasn't it? A whole world of possibilities for a 16/17 year old me who's just discovered that pubs (remember them?) would serve him and some particularly unfussy girls would go out with him. One of the best album covers of all time, one of the coolest bands of all time released this. The album itself is perfect. I wanted to be them but somehow failed to pull off the skinny jean, leather jacket, stoner look. I would pick out highlights; but I adore every song for different reasons. If you pushed me "Someday" is probably my favorite. Fun Fact- At a fundraiser recently for Bernie Sanders The strokes fans had gone past the curfew time and the fans rushed the stage durign the last song "New York City Cops". The Front man, Julian Casablancas, turns around and bumps into huge cop trying to control the situation just as hes singing 'they ain't too smart!' Chaos ensued (plenty of videos on youtube). Anyway This is the best album of the noughties, hand down, and I'll fight anyone who says otherwise! I'd give this 6 if i could. Easiest 5/5 ever.

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Fri Mar 26 2021
5

Love it! Classic with many hits, including the title track, "last nite", "selfless". Love the slightly distorted voice

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Fri Mar 05 2021
5

I wanted to hate this album so much when it came out. Rich little prep-school boys trying to make vintage music sounds like such a turnoff. Nope. One listen and I was in love. Perfect album.

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Mon Feb 01 2021
5

The Stroke’s 2001 magnum opus “Is This It”, was a prime example of being in the right place at the right time. Rock music was ready to undergo a change it hadn’t done so since the early 90s with the grunge era. The New York group quickly rose to prominence and gave way to the indie music revolution. It was a return to the fundamentals and the basics of what made rejecting main stream so cool. The strokes were able to make amazing melodies with fairly simple progressions and that in itself is what lens does band its signature sound. Overall I would give this album a 9.1 out of 10, “Is This It” is an album that I still play regularly on vinyl front to back.

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Sat Mar 06 2021
5

This album is great and I had been wanting to listen to it for a while so I'm glad I finally did. I liked it better on the second listen and it's at least a top 50 album for me. It's just full of good songs and no filler. I don't have too many thoughts on it other than that. It's 35 minutes of good music that I will definitely be coming back to. As far as negatives, there aren't many. I don't like the guitar solo on Last Nite but it doesn't ruin the song for me. Also. the US version is definitely worse. I guess I understand why they replaced it but New York City Cops is better than When It Started. Favorite Songs: Is This It; The Modern Age; Barely Legal; Someday; Alone, Together; Last Nite; Hard To Explain; Trying Your Luck; Take It Or Leave It Decent 9/10

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Wed Jun 09 2021
5

Effortlessly cool, this band played a huge part in my life music wise in my twenties and still do today. As fresh now as it was then even though it wears every influence on its sleeve. An absolute joy to listen to from start to finish - how many tracks are just nailed on killer songs ? Tore up my rule book in 2001 in the same way Nirvana did ten years before. Utterly brilliant ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Sat Mar 20 2021
5

One of the best albums of all time. Rediscovered NYC Cops on this listen. So good.

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Thu Sep 23 2021
5

After the yearlong "end of the century" content from MTV, the nostalgia was there for another full year and along came "last nite" whose video exploited a nostalgia that we were actually too young to remember that of which it was a remembrance of. The rest is history as Is This It came to change the landscape of popular music in a more successful way than Kid A if not a longer one. Now 20 years after all of that I could say that the album is not as good as everyone thought it was, it actually drags I a couple of long moments, and it does not hold to the end after achieving its highest highs, maybe it could even be said that Room On Fire is more consistent even if not as soulful as this one. but what can be said against such perfect songs as Someday or Last Nite? I could try to give it a 2 or a 3 but the truth is that I’m still that 14 year old singing “when we was young oh man did we have fun” with all the honesty of the one who was never younger and did never became so again. To me, the jewel of the crown is Hard to Explain which is one of the most perfect songs I’ve ever heard, I still stop and surrender to it every time I hear it, and consider myself so lucky to have heard it live a couple of times. Hard To Explain is the reason why I’m giving this one a 5.

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Fri Sep 24 2021
5

I'm not sure I've ever listened to this album all the way through but I knew almost every song. That speaks to how strong the album is, 8 out of the 11 songs are single worthy.

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Fri Dec 03 2021
5

Effortlessly cool, this band played a huge part in my life music wise in my twenties and still do today. As fresh now as it was then even though it wears every influence on its sleeve. An absolute joy to listen to from start to finish - how many tracks are just nailed on killer songs ? Tore up my rule book in 2001 in the same way Nirvana did ten years before. Utterly brilliant ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Tue Jan 18 2022
5

Listening to this record, it is obvious just how much of a formative moment it was, how influential it was for rock music coming into the 2000s. I love the throwback to garage rock and post-punk sounds, the the live atmosphere in the production makes you feel like you are seeing them at a small club. Not to mention the great presence Casablancas has on the mic, and the fun guitar interplay. Ultimately, I think I like a lot of the stuff that this album broke ground for even more, and the album can get a bit “samey” by the end, but the undeniable influence here puts it squarely into a 5 star rating for me.

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Tue Feb 22 2022
5

Ahhh the saviour of music. Back in 2001, when we were swiftly sinking into a bland quicksand of Travis, Coldplay and Osama Bin Laden, in stepped a deliberately scuffed pair of Converse high tops to save the day. The landmark album of our generation. It's knowingly nonchalant, but somehow through that apathy, true brilliance manifests. With youthful exuberance and effervescent energy the album quakes with more stompers than an elephant stampede through an unsuspecting african village. It's my favourite album.

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Mon Nov 07 2022
5

Release the butt cover in the US

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Tue Nov 30 2021
4

It's a really solid freshman album. The songs are put together well, the production is admirably transparent, and the performances are energetic and skillful. There's nothing to dislike here.

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Thu Jan 28 2021
3

Heard this one a few times, it's pretty good. There was a lot of this triple j hipster indie rock getting around in the early 00s, but this is one of the few albums I don't just roll my eyes at. Some cool guitar stuff going on at times. 3/5.

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Wed Jun 09 2021
3

A very tight and tidy wee album. The Strokes know how to keep it simple and just write good songs. I always likes the band but they never made a big impression on me first time around and re-listening to this album now I pretty much still feel same way. I don’t dislike any of it, but I don’t love it. Cool band though.

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Thu Apr 22 2021
2

'Last Night' is a great little song. It does however appear to be the only song The Strokes have. Everything else sounds exactly like it, like they wrote one good thing and decided to stick with the template as much as they could. They is no variety on this album at all, it's a real disappointment.

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Fri Dec 03 2021
2

Really bland and monotonous. All style, no hooks.

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Fri Nov 06 2020
1

Album sounds the exact same throughout. Not much diversity. Liked a couple of their famous songs. 1/5

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Sun Nov 21 2021
1

Wow, the album that system it all. And by all, I mean the indistinguishable sameness of early-2000s rock.

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Tue Dec 29 2020
5

i love

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Mon Oct 05 2020
5

classic

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Tue Dec 29 2020
5

I love this album. It's cohesive, incredibly catchy, and a defining moment in the 2000s. The flow of the album from song to song, fantastic guitar hooks, and distinctive singing all make this one of my favorite albums of the decade, if not all time.

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Wed Oct 21 2020
5

Absolute banger!

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Wed Oct 21 2020
5

Hard to Explain är den bästa låten.

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Wed Jun 23 2021
5

Fantastic debut album!

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Wed Jan 13 2021
5

Great album. One of my favorite rock albums ever.

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Mon Apr 12 2021
5

I don’t recognize this as the cover bc spotify This fucking album SLAPSSSSSSS

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Mon Jan 18 2021
5

Love them. .

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Fri Apr 16 2021
5

Get me a heiney

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Mon Mar 08 2021
5

Hard to think of many more influential albums of the past 20 years or so. Also, a personal favorite.

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Thu Jun 17 2021
5

Fucking great.

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Tue Jun 08 2021
5

A very easy 5 stars from me, this is just the type of music that I really connect with. "Is This It", "Barely Legal", "Last Nite" among others

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Thu May 13 2021
5

2000-luvun rock-klassikko josta on vaikea löytää huonoja puolia. Varhainen Strokesin levy, jossa on vielä mukana myöhemmin hieman haalistunutta nuoruuden intoa. Vaikka tämä varmasti on top 20:ssa eniten kuunnelluissa levyissäni, ei se silti kuulosta lainkaan puhkikuunnellulta tai tylsältä. Yhtä selvä vitonen kuin Oasikselle ja Sufjan Stevensille.

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Mon Jan 18 2021
5

Easily in my top 10 favourite albums anyway. Thoroughly enjoyed the first re-listen of the year, certainly won't be the last.

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Wed Jan 13 2021
5

Oh my goodness... Let's goooooo! One.of my favorites

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Mon Jun 21 2021
5

Forgot how much I love this.

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Wed May 26 2021
5

Right in the middle of uni - great.

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Mon Feb 01 2021
5

Good chill listening

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Tue Mar 02 2021
5

Fantastic as always

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Wed Mar 10 2021
5

I forgot how great this album is.

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Mon Jan 18 2021
5

What can I say about this gem?! Has to be in my top 25 modern classic albums. All killer, no filler.

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Mon Jan 18 2021
5

Hit de l'album: Someday Excellent album à réécouter. Il me donne envie de marcher vite.

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Fri Mar 26 2021
5

Love it! Definitely a classic alternative album of the early 2000s, and with their very distinctive sound

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Mon Feb 01 2021
5

Great album

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Mon Apr 12 2021
5

Really enjoyed - didn’t listen much when I was younger but this still provides me nostalgia for a time haha

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Wed Jan 20 2021
5

Música oscura, con tono mas o menos desgarrado del vocalista; buena banda, sonido armónico o sorprendente, no estridente, intimista a veces. Arcade Fire; Blur; The Strokes

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Tue Jul 20 2021
5

Despite not being at all original it's flawless without a wasted note on the whole thing

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Thu Jan 21 2021
5

Some bangers on there. Loads of energy, Someday, Last Nite, New York City Cops all in my favs - don't think I appreciated the album as much at the time but they were a big part of the naughties indie revival. Love the cover was banned in the US too +1 star just for that.

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Mon Apr 12 2021
5

always like listening to this band

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Mon Feb 01 2021
5

soooo good and such a solid ending

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Sat May 29 2021
5

Classic

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Sat Mar 20 2021
5

Do i have nostalgia goggles? or is this the best album of the 2000s?

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Sat Mar 20 2021
5

I was in the mood for this today.

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Sun Feb 07 2021
5

YESSSS!! One of my favourite albums ever - easy 5/5 Best tracks: Is This It, New York City Cops, Take It Or Leave It, Hard To Explain

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Fri Mar 05 2021
5

fun!

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Wed Mar 10 2021
5

New York.

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Sat Mar 27 2021
5

Good

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Tue Mar 30 2021
5

was already one of my faves

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Wed Jun 30 2021
5

A top 5 album of the 21st century.

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Wed Mar 31 2021
5

älskart, så mysigt!! älskar the strokes!

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Mon Apr 26 2021
5

Absolutely brilliant album, one of my all time favourites

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Mon Apr 12 2021
5

Excellent.

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Wed May 05 2021
5

is this it el clásico m encanta con mí ser

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Sun Apr 25 2021
5

YES ICONIC

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Tue Apr 27 2021
5

Its insanely fun and has so much energy, all with a undercurrent of tiredness and sadness

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Fri May 07 2021
5

Holy baselines, Batman! Alternative mood lifting and sophisticated. Definitely a hit with the modern rock crowd stuck listening to the classics. I actually went back and listened twice! Alone, Together and Trying Your Luck.

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Fri May 07 2021
5

Amazing. Dunno why I hadn't listened to them before.

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Wed Jun 02 2021
5

This was a great album to get. I remember listening to it a lot when it came out and basically wrote them off in the last few years. I'm glad this came up so I could revisit.

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Fri Jul 16 2021
5

A classic album from the early aughts. Their hits somehow never get old.

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Mon Jun 07 2021
5

A personal favorite.

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Sun May 09 2021
5

5/5 wow bäst ingen protest. Garagerockens fäder. Bästa låt: Alla. Inget svagt spår, men extra cred till Barely Legal, Hard to Explain och Trying Your Luck.

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Thu Jun 17 2021
5

One of the best

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Thu Jun 17 2021
5

A fantastic album - and hugely influential. (Alex Turner agrees!)

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Mon Jul 05 2021
5

Never ‘Erd of em mate. Despite what my Strokes wife beater says. I tried to be unbiased with my thoughts here. Not my favourite album of theirs but for a first album, of the time, it’s a pure banger factory. Listening to this yesteday reignited my love for this album and the nostalgia of learning the songs on bass 16 years ago, really brings it home for how fun this is. I was genuinely open to giving this a 3 or 4 but the re-listen brought it back for me. Especially after the 40 minute sitar love in earlier today.

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Fri Jul 16 2021
5

Grateful for this one. Another certified classic. A band that sounds and feels years older than they were upon release but not because of some 'retro' sound. To this day, the weird attempts to make them out to be something closer to a classic rock revival on their debut is hard to truly wrap your head around now, but all the boomer rags wanted their new Led zep. They wanted to trumpet about how guitars were back, despite never ever leaving. Cringey shit. But the Strokes' age shone thru by way of their lyrical scope and seasoned tightness. Sonically it's such a cohesively considered record. A perfect album that could be played in any order to reach the appropriate conclusions. But moreover, an album of uncomfortable ennui. It's a sad album. It's realizing, too young, that hope is a blasted out crater while trying to consolidate that with a young life that's freewheeling but not so gleefly debauched as to turn full on edgy. Despite sounding deeply cool, it's never a jaded sound. If anything, it's the sound of not wanting to sound jaded.

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Tue Jul 27 2021
5

The first 21st century album tgat I've ever truly enjoyed, making me excited for indie rock that follows. Massive influence from garage rock and post-punk combined with alt rock that had been largely ignored in the decade prior. Songs are distinctive and exciting with constant instrumental shifts that match the emotional lyrics. Not a single weak song. Each has something unique I love about it. Great opening and closing too, allowing me to feel excited for what was to come and satisfied for how it ended.

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Wed Aug 04 2021
5

Damn near perfect indie rock. Everything is just so slick with some very tight guitar riffs. Indie classic. 9-10/10 1. Soma 2. Is This It 3. Take It or Leave It

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Sat Aug 07 2021
5

4.5

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Sat Aug 21 2021
5

love so many good songs iconic❤️❤️

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Sat Aug 21 2021
5

I ❤️ J.C

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Wed Aug 25 2021
5

One of the easiest 5s on the entire list. I love everything about this, especially the way it makes me feel.

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Fri Aug 27 2021
5

The album that started a generation of indie copy cats in UK.

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Fri Aug 27 2021
5

I'm not actually a huge Strokes fan. I wouldn't really choose to listen to them but this is a seminal album and has so many bangers

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Thu Sep 02 2021
5

This was a seminal album for me. Came at a very important time in my life when I met my later-to-be wife. I’d play this all the time when she came around. We found that groove.

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Thu Sep 09 2021
5

i have listened to this album many times. It is the peak of minimalistic rock of the early 2000s. The catchy, upbeat, and sonically pleasing tones of the album make for a great listen whenever you want.

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Thu Sep 16 2021
5

An all-time great album. Incredible for a debut, too. Every song is fantastic. Great guitar work and personable and relatable/smart lyrics.

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Fri Sep 24 2021
5

Reminds me of college and garden level bars in Boulder. Bars that got grandfathered in with smoking rooms when it became illegal to smoke inside in public. I liked it then and I like it now. I've listened to it a few times this week and I'm not tired of it. I feel like bands have tried to emulate the sound of the album since it was hit, and a few bands got a song or two, but not an entire album.

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Fri Sep 24 2021
5

Really digged this one. Great melodies and hooks.

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Fri Oct 01 2021
5

(2001) Similar Artists: Arctic Monkeys; Franz Ferdinand

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Sun Oct 03 2021
5

There It Is

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Wed Oct 06 2021
5

Awesome album. I remember its release. Few things would have got my attention in these days but this did! 5

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Sat Oct 09 2021
5

An album that never gets old. This was so refreshing when it dropped…. New, exciting and created its own zeitgeist. Love it!!!

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Tue Oct 19 2021
5

Love this album as much today as I did when I bought it 20 years ago.

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Sun Oct 24 2021
5

Oh come on. I was 17 when this came out, it's not even fair. I remember hearing The Modern Age, and it was the coolest thing I'd ever heard. I could try to be cynical, to quote Eddie Argos, "I can't stand the sound of the Velvet Underground. I can't stand the sound, the second time around." But for me, because of my age, and because I'd been trying hard to care about bland crap like Turin Brakes because that was the alternative (also feeling guilty about the fact I was starting to care more about hip hop, drum and bass and garage, because I thought you had to pick a lane back then because I was a small town idiot) they were such a breath of fresh air.

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Fri Nov 05 2021
5

Yes this is it

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Fri Nov 12 2021
5

Never gets old.

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Mon Nov 15 2021
5

Excelent album!

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Tue Nov 16 2021
5

Despite the band all being entitled art school types with rich parents this still sounded amazingly fresh when it was released. I saw them perform the album in order in Sheffield just after it was released and they were fantastic. A classic album

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Wed Nov 17 2021
5

Strokes are always a good listen.

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Fri Nov 19 2021
5

Never has an album felt so familiar yet been so new. It came out at such the right time. So much music had felt stale and to me this album revitalised music. I saw the Strokes a few days before this came out and the day the album came out, I ended up listening to it for about 8 hours on repeat. When it came up as my album yesterday, I listened to it about 5 times along with a few of their other albums.

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Tue Nov 30 2021
5

Hard to Explain is my favorite from this one

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Wed Dec 01 2021
5

Saved Prior: The Modern Age, Someday, Last Nite, Hard To Explain Saved: 11. Trying Your Luck *New York City Cops* 10. When It Started 9. Take It Or Leave It 8. Someday 7. Soma 6. The Modern Age 5. Is This It 4. Alone Together 3. Barely Legal 2. Last Nite 1. Hard To Explain Overall Notes: This album was so hard to rank, it is SO. GOOD. The sound of this album is iconic, from the washed out vocals to the guitar to the bass to the drums, everything is perfect. So glad I finally checked this album out after a decent amount of exposure to the Strokes, top 10 favorite albums of all time.

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Fri Dec 03 2021
5

"You can almost feel the energy" 😆

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Wed Dec 08 2021
5

Nevermind of the 00s

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Thu Dec 09 2021
5

I love the sound of this album. It is ohrwurms from start to finish. There is a driving punk persistence to every song, thanks to the near metronomic accuracy of the rhythm section. Check out "When It Started" or "The Modern Age" to see what I mean. Riding on top, is the collection of guitars and vocals, all wrapped in a warm distortion that provides a cunning disguise for just how precise and polished the performances really are. Tying it all together are the production details that create a sense of depth as you listen to them. Put on some headphones and the track "Roma" and listen to the guitars play tug-of-war with your attention and dance around on the aural stage.

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Fri Dec 10 2021
5

Probably 4 stars but this album is huge to me.

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Mon Dec 13 2021
5

A classic from my uni days. The story of the cover is good too.

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Sat Dec 18 2021
5

One of my all-time favs.

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Thu Dec 30 2021
5

Wasn't too sure about the initial couple of songs, felt a bit shaky but once the album got going I really started to appreciate it and on a second listen I found the whole thing to be really good. Did think this was BritPop at first though. Memorable tunes and catchy lyrics; 'Someday', 'Last Nite', 'Hard To Explain', 'Trying Your Luck' & 'Take It Or Leave It' stood out. A lot of energy throughout. 'Barely Legal' made me somewhat uncomfortable. Note: 'When It Started' wasn't available on spotify for me.

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Fri Dec 31 2021
5

Rockin

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Mon Jan 03 2022
5

absolute banger of an album. love all the songs

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Wed Jan 05 2022
5

The Strokerinos.

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Wed Jan 05 2022
5

My favorite hipsters

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Tue Jan 18 2022
5

Just so good. Love The Strokes. Absolute rock stars.

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Wed Jan 19 2022
5

Not so original but very much fun

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Thu Jan 20 2022
5

gostei de cara. está entre os sons que eu curto. acho que tem a ver com o melancólico da introdução

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Fri Jan 21 2022
5

Good rock album, short and sweet

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Sat Jan 22 2022
5

Standouts - Is This It; The Modern Age; Last Nite I know I've heard some of this album before, not sure if I've heard all of it. I enjoy the Strokes sound a lot and the songs on this album have good energy

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Mon Jan 24 2022
5

Absolutely fantastic, most of the songs are the album are brilliant. Would happily listen if any of the songs on the track came on in a playlist, radio etc.

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Mon Jan 31 2022
5

Amoooo, é muito importante pra minha vida! Marcou meu 2011. Favoritas: Is This It, The Modern Age, Soma, Hard To Explain, Trying Your Luck, Take It Or Leave It

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Tue Feb 01 2022
5

Another album I know well, still sounds brilliant. Love everything about it - the produced sound of the vocals (Iggy Pop on Lust for Life LP reminded me of this) the guitars, the drums, the bass, it’s all great & works as a whole. Mostly laid back, detached lyrics, a bit like a faster poppier Pavement but when he goes for it it really works. No song on here is over 4 minutes which keeps up the sing a long momentum, there’s not a bad track on here.

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Mon Feb 07 2022
5

legendarisk!! fuck der er mange bangers xD

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Fri Feb 11 2022
5

SPLENDID. Looking forward to hearing this in June!

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Fri Feb 11 2022
5

Oh boi I love this album. There are so many bangers, in fact every single track slaps. It still sounds as great as the first time I heard it. Someday and Modern Age are amazing but Hard to Explain is absolute PERFECTION. All hyped to see them in Spain now

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Fri Feb 11 2022
5

I bought this album from one of those second hand CD shops where you could get big bundles of CDs for like a quid each in June 2013, on the day before my school prom. As a result, to me, this album sounds like me, aged 15, running around having a big fun time in the summer after exams. Without getting too personal, 2013 feels for me like my last year of proper childhood simplicity?? And this album reminds me of that even though the lyrics are very much not about that Okay RIGHT enough about me, what about the music?? The guitar solos are SO FULL OF ENERGY they're big and bouncy and amazing!! The Modern Age, Alone Together, Last Nite, all of them, they are BLOODY EXCELLENT Hard to Explain makes me very happy Someday is literally a sunny afternoon on the beach Can't really think of a dud on this one, I adore it

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Tue Feb 15 2022
5

This album is a blast. Forgot how defining it was for me back in high school. Great tracks throughout.

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Tue Feb 15 2022
5

Definitely a classic. I think I might like later Strokes more but that's project just because I know it better.

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Tue Feb 22 2022
5

Little known fact, the body on the front cover belongs to the infamous Andi "SHACK" McCormick. SHACK's naked flesh was considered so arousing that the album could not be released with this cover in the US.

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Tue Feb 22 2022
5

I often jump in the bath with my dad and his friend Rick. We would thrash around listening to 00's hits and tickling eachother's balls. One time Julian Casablancas joined us. He brought ice cream. It was just good clean, soapy, creamy fun. Much like this record.

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Tue Feb 22 2022
5

it's a worldy. its still up there as one of my most listened to albums and even if casablancasaurus ends up being a wrong 'un it'll keep being played a la the smiths. A shining glimmer of pure brilliance that lifted us up from the shite music of the time and sparked something new and exciting. wheras the rest of the scene that this album almost single handedly created is now terribly dated and derided this album still sits up at the top table. Most albums that I loved back in the day and still listen to are mainly for the nostalgia and listening to that music puts me in a place in time in my life and it feels like you were back there. this album is totally different, it is still so fresh and perfectly formed that it works for now and even though it is such a core root of my musical listening it isn't attached to any specific time and place. so in short this is timeless.

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Wed Feb 23 2022
5

ta guardado no corazão esse não tem jeito

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Wed Feb 23 2022
5

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Wed Feb 23 2022
5

descoberta interessante

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Thu Feb 24 2022
5

The two things I remember when this album came out were that The Strokes were "The Next Big Band", the next Velvet Underground, all the critic's darlings, and the Controversy: they had to change the album cover for the North Amercan release (original shown below) and they had to remove the song "New York City Cops" due its content towards the police, and its release a month after 9/11/2001. Too bad that song rocks. This album took a beating during the Sync Listen. Some of it deserved; this album is purposely under produced (it didn't need to be). Are they garage just to be garage? Simplistic songs...the bands going through the motions. Leader singer Julian Casablancas sounds bored most of the time. But I would argue to the greatness of this album. Their singer has a unique, almost-Emo, style of going soft(sounding bored)- loud (screaming)-soft. The songs are simplistic; only three or four songs have guitar solos, that I heard, but the guitar sound is great. Otherwise, both guitarist are playing rhythm...if you see them live their interplay is incredible and a major strength of the band. Yet simplistic, there are no bad songs on this album and each song is unique. Most songs are about relationships. There were three songs released as singles, all still pretty much staples on rock radio: "Last Night", "Hard to Explain" and "Someday." My two favorite songs are "Alone, Together" with a great guitar solo and, especially, "Take it or Leave It" where the band picks up the pace and Casablancas sings with an urgency throughout which he doesn't do on any other song.

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Sat Feb 26 2022
5

Solid album. Classic and has quite a few bangers. I’m insanely drunk rn

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Mon Feb 28 2022
5

Good aye, would get a 4.5 if that was a thing but I'll be generous. Lotta nostalgia off of Someday and it's sent me into a spiral over the last few days of early 00s (slightly indie) pop

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Wed Mar 02 2022
5

literally worn out the cd when this came out. They were never again this good.

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Thu Mar 10 2022
5

Four stars and half An all-time classic, and an album which still holds its own two decades after it was released. As is usually the case with those classic albums, I won't write a full-blown review here given that others have already written wonderful stuff about them and there's not much I can add that I feel could be relevant and interesting. *Is This It* is just a timeless gem aimed at anyone who's into rock at large. Go and listen to this record a.s.a.p. Number of albums left to review or just listen to: 956 Number of albums from the list I find relevant enough to be mandatory listens: 20 (including this one) Albums from the list I *might* include in mine later on: 8 Albums from the list I will certainly *not* include in mine (many others are more important to me): 14 Albums I might not be the best person to judge, but that I *might* include in my final list: 3.

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Thu Mar 10 2022
5

Don’t listen to me. This album has insane nostalgia armor. This album gets to my feels like few others. Take It or Leave It is one of the greatest songs ever.

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Mon Mar 28 2022
5

I have no idea why I like this album so much. The Strokes are a band that I should not like (their style, genre, etc. are all things that don't usually work for me). I don't know if it's nostalgia or what, but I love this album.

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Tue Apr 12 2022
5

I love The Strokes' vocals -- they've always got a bit of that trademark cool distortion, but never at the expense of actually understanding the lyrics. A lot of the instrumentation of the album feels simple and muted, but the album does not suffer for it; it allows the catchy rhythms of these songs to shine and when great guitar solos crop up, they're all the more stand-out due to the lack of overcomplicated music. The songs are short and sweet and to the point. There is something to be said about music that is not unnecessarily repetitive with its bridges and chorus. Looking back at this album in 2022, the sound and style that is present on this album was clearly setting a standard, as many indie rock bands in the 2000s and even 2010s would go on to use this as their guiding light. Definitely a defining moment in rock music. Simply put, The Strokes are just effortlessly cool on this album.

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Tue Apr 12 2022
5

What a momentous debut. Everything about this album is iconic: the catchy songwriting, the crunchy and well mixed instruments and Julian Casablancas signature vocal distortions. It sounds phenomenal. I think this album pretty much single-highhandedly kicked off the indie rock movement that is still going to this day. I won't continue to gush, but I think it suffices to say that yes, this is it.

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Sat Apr 16 2022
5

Still as fresh as ever. One of my all time favourites. I never tire of it. Cover art: 5/5

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Mon Apr 18 2022
5

Haven't listened to this in forever. I really really enjoyed the relisten though. 5/5

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Tue Apr 19 2022
5

One of my all time favorites

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Thu Apr 21 2022
5

EU CONHECIAAAA MT BOOOM melhor que o de ontem

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Sun Apr 24 2022
5

Snotty trust-fund jerks make good.

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Tue May 17 2022
5

grandeee strokes é isso aí

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Tue May 24 2022
5

I remember when this album came out. It sort of seemed like rock and roll was dead, and then this album came out and it was like, not quite dead yet! (Of course, it has since died, but it was nice to have this brief glimmer of life.) This is really a pretty amazing debut album, taking elements of punk, indie, 80's alternative, Velvet Underground, and all sorts of other stuff and putting it all together in a really enjoyable way. 5 stars.

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Fri May 27 2022
5

Great slice of rock. Really enjoyed it.

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Sat Jun 25 2022
5

Rich boys pretend to be a scuzzy garage band and pull it off with aplomb. Yeah, you can barely understand the lyrics but that adds to the charm. Wailing guitar solos, motorik drums and tunes that bury themselves in your ear as if you're wearing the helmet for Wrath of Khan. All that and a possible reference to Spinal Tap on the cover? What a debut! Best Tracks: Someday; Last Nite; Hard To Explain

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Thu Jun 30 2022
5

One of the greatest rock albums of the 20th century. So strong from beginning to end with multiple modern classics. So hard to pick between Last Nite and Someday for favorite tune, but I’ll give the edge to Someday.

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Fri Jul 08 2022
5

Fierce. A classic addition to the NYC lexicon of rock and roll.

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Sat Jul 09 2022
5

This album got me through an awkward summer in college. Wholeheartedly in love with this one, and the songs are so catchy and fun.

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Fri Jul 15 2022
5

Greatest Debut album ever and one of the greatest ever 10/10

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Sat Jul 16 2022
5

Kan tänka mig få bättre pop-skivor...

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Thu Jul 21 2022
5

Por algo los llaman "los salvadores del rock", simplemente espectacular

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Mon Aug 01 2022
5

The saviours of Indie Rock

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Tue Aug 02 2022
5

<3

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Tue Aug 09 2022
5

it's a 5. I love this album so much. This is the first album I've gotten where I probably know all the songs and a lot of the words. The fact that this is their first album and it's so perfect already is really incredible. Their sound is so nostalgic and lo fi and melodic. I love how apathetic Julian's voice is. Perfect for listening to in the car. My favs are someday, hard to explain, soma and is this it. it's main character music for a film.

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Thu Aug 11 2022
5

This is a great rock album. Adds to the canon and still feels exciting and vital today. A classic.

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Thu Aug 11 2022
5

Amazing era defining album probably a 4.5 but rounded up to a 5

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Thu Aug 18 2022
5

This is a favorite of mine so I'm a bit biased. Easy 5/5 Stars. One of if not the best album of the 2000s

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Thu Aug 18 2022
5

Love this record

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Mon Aug 22 2022
5

Masterpiece

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Thu Aug 25 2022
5

Banger absolu

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Tue Aug 30 2022
5

One of my favorite garage albums of that movement. An essential piece of 2000’s rock. I love this album. Gritty yet flashy. Simple and straightforward. Exactly what rock n roll should be.

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Wed Aug 31 2022
5

I liked This Is It, Barely Legal, and Take It or Leave It. Never really listened to those before.

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Thu Sep 01 2022
5

A solid album!

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Wed Sep 07 2022
5

Scissor lean songwriting and perfect guitar-bass-guitar interplay. Every instrument has a job with brooding croons as the perfect juxtaposition.

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Wed Sep 07 2022
5

This album strikes a perfect rock/punk/pop balance for me. Melodic but also grungy, like Nirvana filtered through some happymaking drugs. Aptly titled Soma is a standout, makes me want to jump back and forth with a grin on my face. And Last Nite is one of those songs that puts my awe up to 11 with how much they do with so little.

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Wed Sep 07 2022
5

Really cool album. Feel like it has influenced a lot of punk or indie.

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Tue Sep 13 2022
5

I know it's been hyped and over-celebrated and it's not entirely original but it's a breath of fresh air to me. This is exactly the kind of sound I like. Cool neat tunes in a 'back-to-basics' format. So assured and authentic. This is it.

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Wed Sep 21 2022
5

Great

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Tue Oct 04 2022
5

It’s happened. It’s a big day. This album is one I have listened to so many times but I still wanted to make sure it warranted 5 stars. I listened to it 3 times yesterday, one of them basically reading the lyrics on Spotify and I am comfortable in saying that this album is a certified banger. Favourite song - Barely Legal One for karaoke - Someday One for a run - Last Nite What a debut album. I don’t think Mojo would be the same bar without some of these songs.

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Fri Oct 07 2022
5

This one’s a favorite. Saw them open for the chili peppers a few weeks ago and was super impressed too.

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Fri Oct 07 2022
5

enjoyed it, still am

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Fri Oct 07 2022
5

Az ciezko pomyslec, ze dopiero teraz trafilo sie cos od the strokes, album ktory ciezko zapomniec, nie tylko ze wzgledu na charakterystycznie piekne ksztalty na okladce, ktore hamerykanow wprowadzaly w zgorszenie, ale jest to chyba jeden z moich ulubionych krazkow jesli chodzi indyjskie granie z wczesnych lat 2k, piecoosobowy sklad pokazal na tym 35 minutowym materiale pokazal jak szeroko potrafia zagrac, calosc jest mocno szorstkim brzmiacym garazowo miksem, wiec nie brakuje tutaj gitarowych solowek Valensi i Hammonda, do tego drumowanie metronomowe robiace tlo dla gitar i poteznego basiora oraz charyzmatyczne wokale pana Casablancasa, ktory rowniez odpowiada za teksty wszystkich utworow, to dostajemy mocno sluchalny zestaw, ktory dodatkowo jak dla mnie jest ubrany w najdrozsze odzienia, bo dobre wspomnienia, album od mlodych ludzi o mlodych ludziach dla mlodych ludzi, na plejke nie dodam nic wiecej, bo i tak polowa albumu tam siedzi, ale hajlajtowymi trakami sa dla mnie last nite, take or leave it i someday, ale 11 kawalkow na plycie sprawia, ze nie ma tutaj zadnych filerow, a jedynie mocno wypchany materialem krazek, jak przystalo na rokowe debiuty

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Fri Oct 14 2022
5

Instant 5 Star album! "Is This It" - A good LoFi sounding indie song with a very rounded bass sound that cuts through the faded sound of the rest of the song quite well. "The Modern Age" - A good song but certainly not my favorite on the album. "Soma" - I think this is a bit of an underrated song on the album. A very good intro though the rest leaves a tiny bit to be desired. "Barely Legal" - A really good song and I like the guitar on the bridge and the bass work. The chorus guitar work is not my favorite though. "Someday" - My personal favorite song on the album. It is an all time classic indie rock song that I listen to on a regular basis. "Alone, Together" - In terms of deep cut tracks this is the one I would say is the best. "Last Nite" - Another all time indie rock classic. While the most popular it is not the best to me. It is a great song with so much good energy to it. "Hard To Explain" - My number 2 track on the album I would say. It is nice and bouncy making for a good listen. "New York City Cops" - A good song that has a wonderfully accurate political message to it that sadly is still too accurate 21 years later. "Trying Your Luck" - This is a lot more chill than the rest of the album which is also a good thing for me. It is one of the tracks that I notice more of the lyricism on. Also really good sounding bass and a nice chunky guitar tone. "Take It Or Leave It" - Good song, but not my personal favorite song but has good energy. I would like it more a little higher in the track listing to end the album on the chill of the previous track, but that's just personal preference. An all time classic album and one of my personal favorites!

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Mon Oct 31 2022
5

I really liked this album. It hit the perfect mix of grunge and almost every song had an excellent bass line. While I wouldn’t expect everyone to like it, I can see myself listening to it again and again

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Tue Nov 01 2022
5

Amazing album with a distinctive sound. Released in the early 2000s when a lot of these albums are going to be nostalgic for me. "Last nite" rivals "Mr brightside" in the played to death category but the album has so many other great songs Gets better as it goes on. Hard to explain, new York city cops, trying your luck and take it or leave it are all great

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Tue Nov 01 2022
5

Absolute belter from start to finish. Undeniably now a ‘classic’ and the quintessential early 00s ‘New York’ band. Shame they influenced so much shit in the mid 00s (although some of the blame must lie with the Libertines…) but they can be forgiven. Tomorrow’s album wont be as good as this.

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Thu Nov 17 2022
5

Is this what I think it is? Is This It?? There's no way... back-to-back 5's? I have been blessed by the album generator gods. I suspected I'd love this album even though I've never actually fully listened through it until today. I'm a fan of the newest Strokes album and this one lived up to the hype. The songs are very simple and warm, but incredibly catchy and just fun to listen to. I also love the rawness that every song has, as if the band just casually walked into the studio and recorded each in a single take with little manipulation or engineering needed. My only complaint is minor and it is that I wish the vocals were not always so muffled. I would've preferred if they were more in the forefront I think. 9/10

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Tue Nov 22 2022
5

Catchy melodies and minimalist arrangements make for concise songcraft. 'Is This It' and 'When It Started' are both bass-heavy favorites.

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Wed Oct 14 2020
4

the strokes <3

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Mon Oct 26 2020
4

Not a bad song on here, also no overwhelmingly great ones for me either. More upbeat than I thought it'd be. Standout Tracks: Hard To Explain, Trying Your Luck

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Fri Jan 15 2021
4

THE STROKES

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Wed Jul 14 2021
4

I always like the strokes sound. This is classic indie rock music at its best.

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Mon Jan 18 2021
4

Throwback to gr 6/7 when I first discovered Indie/alt rock... Still a great band to this day. Last nite, is this it and someday are a good time. Fun fact - The Strokes debut was set for release in 2001, but after 9/11 happened they replaced the song NYC Cops with a different one to avoid negative backlash and disrespecting nyc law reinforcement.

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Tue Feb 09 2021
4

на пятерочку не дотягивает, даже учитывая обложку=)

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Fri Mar 26 2021
4

Listened to this album so many times in my first year at uni. Great album. 4.25 stars.

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Tue Feb 16 2021
4

Great album, lots of cool guitar and bass parts to it and definitely a distinct early 2000s sound

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Mon Jan 18 2021
4

Good nostalgia album.

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Wed Jan 13 2021
4

Love the mixing here. The vocals are unique and that guitar tone is to die for.

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Fri Jun 04 2021
4

Enjoyable unique rock band.

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Thu Mar 11 2021
4

Really good indie rock. Seemed a bit out of time, sice they are from 2001

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Fri Jan 15 2021
4

Lovely!! He's able to put emotion in his voice while still sounding like himself.

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Wed Jan 13 2021
4

7.5/10

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