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Is This It

The Strokes Audio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (175 customer reviews)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rock's new megastars 30 May 2002
Format:Audio CD
The tag "saviours of rock" and the like are bandied around like there's no tomorrow and one band to have such terms applied to them were the Strokes months before this album even appeared. Usually this is enough to put you off as the band in question is actually a huge disappointment after so much hype. Well, with the Strokes it's different because they may actually be the saviours of rock. The Strokes gave the music world the wake up call that was long needed. Despite all the pop, hip hop and R'n'B that clutters the airwaves nowadays, they managed to make a huge impact and had a big hit album on their hands and it couldn't have been more just. The best proper rock music in years came in the form of the 36 minutes debut Is This It? And indeed it was it. Filled with 3 minute musical nuggets that you've waited your entire life for. A musical tour de force which leaves you riveted, be careful though, the repeat button on your stereo might end up wearing out. As the NME said in May 2001, "a band like this comes along only once in a lifetime, you'll be glad they came along in yours"
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars well worth it 18 Dec 2001
Format:Audio CD
This album was suprisingly good since i had only heard one of their tracks before i bought it, but it was well worth it! Their sound is fantastic with a good rythm and great vocals/melody. 'The Strokes' are appropriately named due to their basis on guitars and give us some great strumming! This album is really good to get into high spirits with whilst playing the air guitar and dancing round you're room (or where ever u may be at the time) and many of their tracks live up to, if not even beat 'last night' especially the title track 'is this it' and 'new york city cops'. A great album for any of those people who want a nice lively listening to sing along to...be warned though, you'll find yourself singing the lyrics all day long!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sexy, superb, brilliant 13 Dec 2001
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Format:Audio CD
"Is This It" is without a doubt album of the year. It has everything; sweet retro rock n roll, sexy beats and band members who r really laid back. The album has 11 short and VERY sweet songs that can definately move you. Forget your Limp Bizkit's and your Blink 182's, The Strokes are coming to take over the world!! Buy this album now!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Audio CD
An absolute cracker of an album. The first few tracks are just good fun, old-fashioned three minute rock songs with strong rhythm but a little too much Velvet Underground in them. Rarely has an album made me want to see a band live so badly - it just makes you think of jumping up and down in sweaty basements. But that doesn't do justice to the musical quality of this. The songs are actually extremely good, and get better as the album goes on - the finest moment is "Trying Your Luck". Forget the hype, and enjoy the music.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Real Debut Effort 7 Sep 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
After the magnificently catchy singles it's kind of dissapointing that all the tracks that featured on the first two singles are also featured here. The other six songs are almost as catchy but not quite up to the standard of 'Hard To Explain' and 'The Modern Age' in particular.
It's all very listenable though and perhaps the reason it's caught on so well is it's simplicity. There is nothing new or different here to countless other garage type bands of the late sixties early seventies. Music fans have been crying out for this sort of band though! Something to counteract the overproduced and overcomplicated nature of much new rock music.
The strokes debut, recorded in a mere matter of days is refrshing and really quite good. It's no masterpiece, but maybe it doesn't need to be
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The debut album of 2001 23 July 2002
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Is This It is undoubtedly the best debut album if not the best album of 2001.They may not be mega original, but who cares?
they deliver fantastic rock n roll excitement with a near perfect album which i have listened to at least 50 times.
1.Is This It-the title track, sombre sounding, with a superb bassline kicking in at 0:52
2.The Modern Age-A pounding track with a mega guitar solo,1:49
3.Soma-Lovely melodies,it really kicks in at 1:59 with Julians raw holler.
4.Barely Legal-One of the best tracks on the album, with fantastic melodies.
5.Someday-The happiest track,Julian puts so much emotion into this song and it has a amazingly catchy but simple guitar riff.
6.Alone,Together-A great drum intro and repeating riff, this starts off calmly but elevates nearer the end.
7.Last Nite-The most commercial track, with lust for life inspired guitars and a chirpy bassline. The great bluesy solo starts at 1:58.
8.Hard To Explain-THE best track on the album,without a doubt, with a superbly fast drum intro which carries on throughout, and Julian really puts the emotion in the start on both verses. A ripping chorus and a great ending.
9.New York City Cops-Controversial after September 11th, but it has a fantastically simple but effective chorus and it sounds very cool.
10.Trying Your Luck-Sounds similar to the title track, again very sombre, but it has superb bass in the verses.
11.A perfect ending, it has a fantastic shouting chorus and a great guitar solo at 2:09.
All in all a great album, in my naive opinion they are the best band in the world at the moment.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I can't stop playing this 3 April 2002
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Forget what has been written about the band in the press, if it's putting you off buying this. So what if it's not completely original - what music is? This is an exciting, vibrant, pulsating gem of a record. Other people have said they've not felt this excited since Oasis' debut in '94. I'd go back to '89 and say not since The Stone Roses have I felt so excited about a record or a band.
If you like your rock fast, simple, and fun, filled with enthusiasm and life, then this is the album to buy. It's not rocket science, sure, but it is better than a lot of what's out there at the moment.
If you like your rock contemplative and meaningful (like I usually do) then give it a chance. Don't be a rock snob, get Is This It and revitalise your life!!!
We'll see if they do turn out to be the saviours of rock, but for now they are enough to make me glad to have ears.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Great CD
This is a fantastic album. The Strokes have certainly never done better and in fact it is the best album from that era of indie. Read more
Published 3 days ago by blueandwhite050505
5.0 out of 5 stars Just bought for picture
Saw the cover and thought I will definitely get this cos she is hawttt. No but great album generally but I think it only gets better with The Strokes, which not a lot would agree... Read more
Published 4 months ago by David_Liverpool
5.0 out of 5 stars What A Trip
The best album of its year. Not only that, it was the only album I listened to that year. I don't know which year... I got to admit I'm pretty high.... Read more
Published 7 months ago by SuperPlagiarizer
5.0 out of 5 stars CD
Have it on record, needed a car copy.- Granted it still sounds better on vinyl, but the car doesn't accustom to that! Top band, one of my favourite albums! Read more
Published 7 months ago by Paige
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my faves
One of my favourite albums of all time. The Strokes are a band that I never get tired of and are absolutely fail safe when it comes to setting the tone for a roadtrip, party or... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Jade Cleaver
5.0 out of 5 stars Is This It
Is This It, well I would say yes it is. Released in 2001 it still sounds as fresh today as the day it was released. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Neil Dowling
5.0 out of 5 stars Great album. Why did I wait so long to buy it?
This is the album that started it all for the Strokes. By now, you've probably heard every track, so I do not have much to add. Read more
Published 12 months ago by DouglasM
5.0 out of 5 stars Seriously
Arguably the best album ever made. There really isn't a great deal else to say, you should just buy it.
Published 13 months ago by Jon
5.0 out of 5 stars great album
great album, bought it off itunes but never had the cd. album receieved quickly and was nice and cheap. b
Published 13 months ago by Carlos
4.0 out of 5 stars Is this it?
Great musicians playing fresh and spontaneous rock and roll for the turn of the century. Highly influential. Recommended. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Nadi
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