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Angles

21 Mar 2011

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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 21 Mar 2011
  • Label: Rough Trade
  • Copyright: 2011 Rough Trade Records Ltd.
  • Total Length: 34:09
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  • ASIN: B004RCHG2W
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 15,080 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By arcticmonkeys... on 4 Mar 2012
Format: Audio CD
I know that once you've read this title, you probably think I'm not a proper Strokes fan. You can dispel that thought now - once I only talked in Strokes lyrics and I found it fairly easy... that's how dedicated I was.
However, I lost the bug in the 5 year wait for Angles, as I found so many new bands coming up. Then, when Angles was released, I stupidly listened to the reviews and didn't buy it straight away.
BIG MISTAKE.
This is an amazing album. JC really perfects his song writing and vocals, and he has managed to write great parts for each instrument, not just for himself. Each song is absolute perfection, my favourite being Metabolism - when it gets to the end it is divine.
However, it's not like Is This It at all.
1) It's deeper. You have to listen to it a few times to fully appreciate it. But once you have gotten into it, you won't be able to put it off...
2) They're not anthems. Perhaps a couple are, but the Strokes have done the anthems thing and now it's time for them to experiment. And frankly, they did it great.
So please, I beg of you, buy this album and love it. God knows that I did.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Bryan R. Morris on 20 Jun 2011
Format: Audio CD
After reading mixed reviews for "Angles" I was cautiously optimistic that The Strokes had come back with a bang and not a whimper.

As soon as the first minute of album opener "Machu Picchu" had played ,it was clear that one of my favourite bands had indeed made a triumphant return.

Whilst it may lack the impact of "Is This It" as a groundbreaking album,it makes up for this with a more polished and at times,experimental sound.

Stand out tracks are "You're So Right" and "Games" but I cannot not really find a track I don't like.This album will break in like a new pair of shoes after a few listens.

If you like "The Strokes" you will like the album and if you are new to the band it will probably make you buy the earlier albums.

I only hope the next album doesn't take so long to release.
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I really love the Strokes so it pains me to say this is only OK... however, compared to 'Comedown Machine' its positively packed with hits... was hoping they would have continued further rocking out after the masterpiece that was 'First Impressions' ... shame. If you don't already have 'Phrazes for the Young', go buy that first instead..
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By Delmiro on 2 May 2014
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It is a nice put together piece of music from these guys. Recommended
Very nice disc cover - Escher anyone??
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By Ricco11 on 22 April 2014
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Perfect!
Very good product!
Wanted this product very much and did not got dissapointed. Good and with a good package!
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Plagued by inter-band tension, strife and ill feeling in the recording studio, The Strokes make their audibly bedraggled return from the wilderness with their fourth album Angles. It’s a comeback LP which is quite a hit-and-miss affair, but there’s no denying there’s still some life in the old dog yet.

The herky jerky cod-reggae of “Machu Picchu” is a promising starting point: a very ‘80s-sounding new wave throwback which sounds like The Police sleepwalking through a gig in a bar full of rednecks whilst on a jittery paranoid comedown from amphetamines. But I defy anyone not to hear that familiar-sounding choppy guitar riff at 1:17 and not feel glad that The Strokes are officially back.

The album’s lead single “Under Cover of Darkness” is a successful merging of their Is This It-era sound with a more reflective, statesmanlike approach to songwriting. It’s fairly ambitious melodically, full of catchy fretwork and proves that Julian Casablancas clearly has his eye on vocally emulating the heartland rock of Tom Petty.

The muted palm of rhythm guitarist Albert Hammond Jr. chugs “Two Kind of Happiness” along a groove The Cars would have killed to create, but ends up sounding uncannily like a leftover from Julian Casablancas's solo album Phrazes for the Young, differentiated only by Nick Valensi’s virtuoso guitar solo. The dark and experimental “You’re So Right” relies on a dirge-y guitar riff, but is a weak song overall, and “Taken for a Fool” is essentially a Room on Fire-era outtake made to sound pretty.

The odd ‘80s synths are back out for “Games,” a passable stab at synthpop which brings to mind mullets and Sinclair ZX spectrum computers.
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Over a long period this has had as many plays as anything else, I love the melodic genius and structure of this great album.
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This is certainly not the Strokes best album, but there are a few great tracks on here and any Strokes fan will not want to miss out.

"Machu Picchu" and "Under Cover Of Darkness" are both brilliant and get the album off to a great start.

I just don't get "You're So Right" yet (after 3 complete listens) it is just a boring repetitive drone. I don't often skip songs on an album, I like to just play the whole lot in the order it was intended to be heard - but I have skipped this one a few times.

The highlight later on is of course "Taken For A Fool". The rest of the tracks are pretty good, but overall this is is not up to the standard of "Is this it?" and "Comedown Machine".
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