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"I wanna be forgotten." Hope not.,
This review is from: Room On Fire (Audio CD)Is This It caused quite a stir. Quite a huge critic-collecting stiractually, and The Strokes were hailed as the saviors of rock and roll. Bysome, anyway. I liked the album - who wouldn't, with bouncy music likethat - but didn't think it was particularly monumental. And Room On Fireis really not a giant leap in any directions either. It is, however, verygood indeed.
The obligatory heroic guitar songs - Reptilia, You Talk Way Too Much - areawesome, and the breezy lead single (12:51) with its slightly fuzzy vocalsand muted keyboard, is absolutely wonderful, almost capturing theclaustrophobic wonder of Is This It's title-track. And there are moments,here and there, of absolute musical beauty. Check out the lovelymid-guitar of The End Has No End.
Trouble is, while most of these songs sound the same, a lot of them aredead ringers for what was on their debut. The drumming is still impeccablytight and pop-timed, the guitars still jangle with that mental image ofsummer in the air, and the singing is still drawly, laid-back and cool.Rather worryingly, it doesn't seem like the band have anything else uptheir sleeve. Rumours of producer Nigel Godrich pitching in were sadlydispelled, which is a pity, as a hint of Radiohead's wit might haveelevated The Strokes' second effort to note-worthy status. As it is, amildly tinkered repeat of album #1, it's a stopgap. Worth it for fans andpeople who don't quibble over "musical influences" and "originality," thatis, so a very good stopgap.