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Jan. 18, 2006

"First Impression of Earth" isn't quite out of this world

by Eve Gleichman, Online Editor-in-Chief
Well, one thing is for sure. After their last two nearly identical releases, The Strokes needed a change-up, and they needed one badly. It's not that there was anything wrong with what their sound, but by the 2003 release of "Room on Fire," it was clear that the next album would need to be more innovative and distinguished if these guys wanted to keep their fans close.

After listening to "Juicebox," the preliminary release of their most recent album, "First Impressions of Earth," there was reason to worry about what was to come. The song sounds like a garage-band cover of a song that ought to have been cut from an earlier album. And unfortunately, the next 12 tracks were just more of the same.

Sure the sound is different, and I don't doubt these boys tried hard to achieve something new. But in their seemingly rushed endeavor, they have created an album which seems to have a full blown case of ADD.
The Strokes' recent release, "First Impressions of Earth," disappoints.
The Strokes' recent release, "First Impressions of Earth," disappoints.


The album starts out with "You Only Live Once," the only cut on the CD that could pass as a potential single. But from here on, it's downhill, and songs are plagued with whiny lyrics, dull hooks and total disorganization.

Songs like "Killing Lies" and "Razorblade" will keep you wondering if the track has even changed, while "On the Other Side" will put you to sleep faster than you can get through the tedious lyrics, "I'm tired of everyone I know/Of everyone I see/On the street/and on TV."

Front-man/lyricist Julian Casablancas hits the nail on the head with "Ask Me Anything," a painful song that brings to mind Kip's melodic vow to LaFawnduh in "Napoleon Dynamite." Casablancas whines, "I've got nothing to say/I've got nothing to say/I've got nothing to say/I've got nothing to say/I've got nothing to say/I've got nothing to say/I've got nothing to say/I'm in utter dismay/I've got nothing to say." But we didn't need it to come from him to figure out that the Strokes have run dry this year.




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  • jeff on January 18, 2006 at 10:50 PM
    AIEJTHEIUTHALIUTHAT YOU ARE SO WITTY EVE
  • bummed strokes fan on January 19, 2006 at 1:52 PM
    great review! i had the same reaction.
  • cool on January 23, 2006 at 3:23 PM
    wow, you really do know what you're talking about.

    silverchips needs more reviews like this one - short, sweet, and professional!

    but i like that song "ask me anything."
  • booo silverchips! on January 24, 2006 at 12:52 PM
    did you listen to the album once? cmon. Its such a grower, and its sooo easy to just write it off as not great as the past two cds. Give them some props for growing in a new direction. The CD is in no way as amazing as the last two CDs, buts its not nearly as terrible as you make it seem. I think the review at tinymixtapes.com is most on point. boo, this is shallow reporting.
  • Fawn on March 16, 2006 at 1:02 PM
    WOW we're bein' harsh aren't we, Eve? I've never heard it but still...
  • New love (View Email) on November 17, 2006 at 2:26 PM
    I think this reveiw is realt harsh and redic. I enjoyed the meloncoly sound of the whole album. To tell you the truth "razorblade is my favorite song throught the whole album. It sounds like you only listend ot the music once then just started to trash there music. Another thing is just because you dont like there style of music dosent mean you have to talk bad about em. Have you ever written an album? If you have ive never herd of you.
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