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Is This It? is one of the most exciting and energetic debut albums to spring from New York's long-dormant club scene. The Strokes deliver the downtown themes of sex, drugs and rock & roll with a cool nonchalance. Following the success of their earlier singles, the Strokes have again found success with songs such as “Hard to Explain” and “Barely Legal”.

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You have to laugh. Being a New Yorker myself, I can only stand back and snigger when I see the music press proudly proclaiming how amazing New York is suddenly only to watch two weeks later as they then shout "New York? That was so last week - it's Detroit now!" What's going on here? New York has always been chock full of great bands (as has Detroit, by the way) and let's be honest - it's always been a rock and roll town (hip-hop notwithstanding by the way because we all know about that scene!). Now then, let me set the record straight. Just because some music journalist decides that New York is super hip this year does not mean that suddenly tons of great bands just popped up where there were none before. Rudy Gulliani may have clamped down hard on the club scene, but then again putting The Strokes in the same league as club kids at Twilo wouldn't really work now, would it?

But that's all academic.

At the centre of this big mess of NYC coolness are our good friends: The Strokes. Undoubtably, one of the most over-hyped bands of this year, if not the past five. Now I'm someone who firmly believes that where there's smoke, there's usually fire. And where there's fire, I feel it's usually best to have a fire extinguisher in hand, ready to smother any flames of hype before they get too big and begin hurting innocent bystanders.

The problem with the Strokes is that overhyped or not, they really are worthy of great praise. Formed around 1995 or so, they spent a few years playing the tried and tested Manhattan club circuit until finally coming up with a 3 track demo. That demo eventually made it to the offices of Rough Trade, where, well, the rest is history, innit? Everything about the band - from the songwriting (Taking all the best elements of The Stooges, Television and The Velvet Underground not as theft but as influence) to the lyrics ("New York City Cops" - enough said) to the production (as raw and indie as you can get) is just fantastic. There's no real pretence (ok, they're all privileged white kids, but nobody's counting) or ulterior motive. They just do what they do and my God, do they do it well, in this really weird Warhol-esque way.

Listening to Is This It reminds me very much that The Strokes could have been in an episode of Star Trek where Captain Kirk and company find a record that's been transported back from the back shelves of a record store in the early 80s to the future (read: 'Bleeker Bobs' or 'It's Only Rock and Roll' all you newly converted NYC aficionados). Then Kirk turns to Spock and remarks on how it perfectly captures the spirit and sound of the city during that time. That's only logical - that record comes from that time and place, Spock would say.

But The Strokes are not from 1977 or 1981 or 1984. They are from 2001 and that's what makes them so unique. One listen to "Hard to Explain", and I guarantee you'll be singing it in your head for weeks. The same goes for "New York City Cops", "The Modern Age", "Barely Legal"...let's just say the whole damn album, while were at it, shall we? New York has always had a plethora of fantastic rock bands and you simply can't deny that The Stokes are a hell of a great band. Do yourself a favour and forget everything you read. Forget everything that comes out of the bands mouths. Forget you've even heard about them. Just get this CD as if you knew nothing about them, put it on your stereo, turn the volume all the way up and just........ listen. Don't believe the hype - they really are that good. --Olli Siebelt

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Will VINE VOICE on 30 May 2002
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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 By A Customer on 7 Sept. 2001
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Georgina Harrison on 18 Dec. 2001
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 29 Aug. 2001
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well, it's been a long time coming but now that the album has finally arrived was it worth the hype?. This is the first album that since i got it i haven't been able to stop playing it . Every track is as good as the last and every track builds upon what the last achieved. They manage to have the essential elements to become a huge success, they have the songs, the attitude, the looks and more important than that they have the imagination of record buyers young and old. The songs from the two eps are songs that most of us will already be aware of and here the songs from the modern age have been re -recorded, although this seems to have made them a little more polished, it only makes them fit even more snugly into the rest of the album. They are the ultimate rock and roll band for the beginning of the 21st century. When you listen to the album the first thing that strikes more than anything is just how accomplished the songs are. For a group of 19 to 21 year olds they really are playing beyond their collective years. They seem to have swallowed up every possible influence, chewed it up and spat it back out as the most refreshing slab of rock and roll since "definitely maybe". Even though there are only six new tracks on the album they all seem to feel fresh. Soma and someday are two songs of such immense immediacey that they really could have been released as singles in their own right. Of course as with most albums this good there are always people who are going to tell you not to believe what others will say. If there is one thing that niggles when listening, it is that the lyrics are just a little vacant and perhaps just a tiny bit shallow, but hey thats a small price to pay for someting this good to listen to. If you like the idea of an album that sounds as though it was recorded by the Ramones crossed with the Smiths with Richard hell on vocals this is the album that you need to buy. If that doesn't sound like your cup of tea you really need to have your head examined.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 24 May 2002
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Yes, this is probably the most hyped-up band in the world. And yes, it put me off them at first. But listening to the album on a friend's vehement recommendation has convinced me that there is something in it.
The album opens with the surprisingly slow and ponderous title track, and in my opinion it is not a good choice as the opening track. However, the album quickly gets into gear with the instantly impressive single 'The Modern Age', which moves effortlessly between rough verses and sweet, polished chorus. Indeed, all the singles are terrific (one wonders why they didn't chart better than they did), with 'Hard to Explain' and the rock'n'roll classic 'NYC Cops' standing out. However, the best track here is 'Someday', which boasts heartfelt lyrics, a stupendously catchy tune and a virtuoso vocal performance from Julian Casablancas, who almost hits a falsetto in the impassioned chorus.
This being a first album, there are almost inevitably some flaws - 'Take It Or Leave It' and the paradoxically entitled 'Alone Together' are a bit mediocre, and the whole album suffers slightly from lack of variety. But that will surely develop as the band mature musically, and these faults are easy to forgive when the rest of the music is as good as this is.
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