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Room On Fire [CD]

The Strokes Audio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (102 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (20 Oct 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Rough Trade Records
  • ASIN: B0000C8Y0M
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (102 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,659 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song Title Time Price
Listen  1. What Ever Happened? 2:54£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Reptilia 3:41£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Automatic Stop 3:27£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. 12:51 2:33£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. You Talk Way Too Much 3:04£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Between Love & Hate 3:15£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Meet Me In The Bathroom 2:57£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Under Control 3:06£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. The Way It Is 2:22£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. The End Has No End 3:07£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. I Can't Win 2:34£0.99  Buy MP3 

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Rarely has the burden of expectation weighed so heavily as it does on the Strokes' second album. Room on Fire is an overwhelmingly anxious record, where the band's dilemmas are there for everyone to hear: should they make another record as concise as Is This It? Will they be able to capitalise on their wiry winning formula but avoid exhausting it? And can Julian Casablancas be convincingly offhand when we now know how much effort he makes to sound so disinterested? As a result, Room on Fire isn't an entirely successful album, but it's certainly a compelling one--the testament of five handsomely talented men struggling to work out what should happen next. At worst, songs like "You Talk Way Too Much" are paranoid retreads where the Strokes, having minted such a precise and appealing sound, seem doomed to repeat it in progressively more joyless ways.

But there are moments when Casablancas nudges his band into new, promising directions. "12:51" seems malnourished on first listen, but its sulky, understated twists soon turn out to be memorable. "Reptilia", meanwhile, showcases the fabulous--and teasingly underexploited--guitar playing of Albert Hammond and Nick Valensi, being a collection of chiming riffs and tumbling solos that suggest the Strokes should allow themselves the freedom to rock more often. Oh, and "Under Control" is a dream--specifically, one where the Smiths are playing "Tracks of My Tears". Best think of Room on Fire, then, as an album where the Strokes plot their escape from the predictable, but are a little too cautious to make a proper getaway. Courage, gentlemen. --John Mulvey

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Room On Fire Audio CD. Song Title 1. What Ever Happened? 2. Reptilia 3. Automatic Stop 4. 12:51 5. You Talk Way Too Much 6. Between Love & Hate 7. Meet Me In The Bathroom 8. Under Control 9. The Way It Is 10. The End Has No End 11. I Can't Win

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stand-out album 2 Oct 2005
Format:Audio CD
This is a short one. Just 33 minutes of music in an age where we have now forgotten that albums used to be half an hour long - if you were lucky. Fortunately, they have made the best use of that half-hour. From start to end this is just a magnificent sweep of guitar-oriented sound. The Strokes guitar sound is so distinctive it makes you want to pick up a guitar and amp yourself, just to try copying it. I often listen to this album when I am on flights as it is an album you can easily tune into and switch off from the rest of the world.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
You move to New York, grow your hair and make an amazing debut, create more hype than a lunar landing...
Its inevitable that Room On Fire has been so built up, but the hype is destructive. ROF stands alone as a very good rock record, excellent riffs, songwriting and musicianship mean that it lives up to its predecessor. But it's not enough, apparently.
The second album is a difficult one to judge as it is always in the shadow of its debut and doesn't really give enough evidence of any kind of change in style. Its only after album 3 that you can really start examining a band closely and fairly. But lets talk about the album...
The Strokes have not merely recorded an Is This It 2. This album is very accomplished-it moves away from the first, yet not so far as to alienate its fanbase. Whatever Happened is a great opener which is like the album summed up in 3 minutes. Reptilia is another great track which wouldn't sound out of place on the first album. The best track is The End has No End, with its neo-prog rock imitations, echoes of King Crimson 'Red' were pleasantly suprising. Their distinctive and original sound is still here, but the electro-rock addition gives it an edge. ROF successfully consolidates their position as the innovators of cool, but its album 3 which is make or break.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant album 27 July 2004
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Format:Audio CD
I discovered The Strokes a bit later than most people but I am now a huge fan. I loved 10 out of 11 tracks on the first album (how often does that happen?) and I think 'Room on Fire' is as good. To me it would be worth buying for either 'Reptilia' or 'Under Control' alone. I think most of their tracks sound deceptively simple at first but get better and better the more you listen to them. '12.51' initially seemed a bit dull but now I completely love it. I have been around long enough to have been into loads of different rock bands, but have found few in recent years that put across the same compelling combination of youthful energy and brilliance - the sort of feeling created by Free or The Who in the 70s - but The Strokes have more great songs. I think anyone who like the first album and slates this just hasn't listened to it enough.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 33 minutes of outstanding garage rock 16 Mar 2007
Format:Audio CD
In 2003 The Strokes faced a very difficult challenge - making an album anywhere near as good as Is This It (for me, one of the best albums ever). It's not as good as Is This is - not much is - but it comes pretty close.

It starts with a perfect album opener 'Whatever Happened', followed by the outstanding 'Reptilia'. Albert Hammond Jr's 'Automatic Stop' is a delightful, slower-tempo album track and forms a perfect interlude between 'Reptilia' and lead-single '12:51'. '12:51' is 2 and a half minutes of pop-rock perfection, such a simple and yet effective track with a great guitar riff.

'You Talk Way Too Much' is the closest this album gets to filler or throwaway, but this is based on The Strokes' high standards, and it is a very good song in its own right. 'Between Love and Hate' is another slower song, reminiscent of 'Automatic Stop'. 'Meet Me In The Bathroom' is another catchy 3-minute garage-rock romp, whilst 'Under Control' is a slightly strange song structually, but is definitely a grower.

The latter half of the album is punctuated by 'The End Has No End', an absolutely superb track, which would have fitted nicely onto Is This It. The album ends strongly with the edgy 'The Way It Is' and the pleasant 'I Can't Win'. I would rate the album at 4.5/5, but as there are no half stars I'll have to round it up! Yes, ok, it might be 'Is This It Mark 2' but why change a winning formula?
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than Is This It 7 Jan 2006
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
A lot has been made of this album not living up to the standard the Strokes set with Is This It, but I can't understand it. The only criticism I could make of Room On Fire is its similarity to their debut. Still, I find it a better album than its predecessor and tracks like Reptilia, 12:51 and Between Love And Hate make the hairs stand up on the back of my neck when I really listen to them.
If you liked ITI, this is a great extension of the kind of brilliantly original rock they were playing on that, but they raise the standards on some tracks. For instance, the riff in Reptilia is a simple infectious tune, but not in any way irritating or cheesy, as with so many of their imitations.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good follow up, Louder vocals perhaps? 3 Mar 2005
Format:Audio CD
Well Room on Fire didn't exactly set the world alight but it is a decent enough follow up from The Strokes' first album "Is This It?". There are a few stand out tracks (mainly those that got released as singles however) and the rest of the album is of high enough quality to keep the mood going. The only thing I'd say is that the vocals seem to be at a much lower level (volume wise) on some of the tracks, almost to a point of not being able to hear them at all! The Strokes stick to their same style with this album and don't really tend to stray from their norm, if you've heard them before (any of the previous "Is This It?" album or perhaps the singles from Room on Fire) and liked those tracks then this would be a decent enough addition to your CD collection. However if you want variety and perhaps a different sound to the material you have heard before by The Strokes then this album does not have much to offer.
Overall it's a good album and worth the 4 out of 5 stars.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classy music by a super cool & classy band.
One of, if not 'the', best Strokes albums. Short but extremely sweet & it kind of leaves you satisfied on all fronts. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Steff7
4.0 out of 5 stars fairly dirty case and scrached
second hand good quality, quite dirty but it's second hand. what you'd expect for a second hand item, nothing special.
Published 18 months ago by Haven
5.0 out of 5 stars Good quality second hand album
In the process of replacing albums that have either walked out of my house on their own or not returned when lent out, or when they were returned they weren't in the best of... Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Only 5 stars !
It deserves five stars !! I love the strokes , i love room of fire and if you love their music this is the cd that you have to have !
Published 19 months ago by Matteo Michelni
4.0 out of 5 stars the son loves it
bought it for Christmas present, read other reviews as well, the son loves it and that's all that matters, it's down to the individual. Price etc...was brilliant, thanks
Published 20 months ago by tinky
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very Good
Excellent second cd from the one of most exciting band in alternativa rock panorama. Buy it cd now please :)
Published on 24 July 2011 by Pedro Lucas
3.0 out of 5 stars The Strokes' weakest
I find that The Strokes couldn't really match the monster hype with their second, 'Room on Fire'. Despite an equally as 'big statement'-sounding title as 'Is This It', it's not as... Read more
Published on 10 July 2011 by Jack Richard William McCarthy
3.0 out of 5 stars Mediocre but still decent
Unlike their first album, this one hasn't hit the sweet spot. When one is reviewing things it's usually mandatory not to compare and contrast previous works as it will be labelled... Read more
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