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  • Vinyl (18 Nov. 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Import
  • ASIN: B0000DBJA7
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (117 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 43,259 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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,NEU / VERSCHWEISSTOld record store stock. Sealed. - .Label: Rca.Published: 2003/Comes with coloured lyric-i

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Although I bought the album on release day, I'm only now writing a review. Probably because I've just been listening to it all this time.
This album brings back the saviours of guitar music. The Strokes came with "Is This It?" and completely refreshed the music scene. Taking it away from the boringly tedious heavy sounds of the Nirvana wannabes and the horrific sound of Nu-Metal which should be buried very very deep underground. "Is This It?" was indeed IT for poor guitar music.
With such an emphatic debut, The Strokes bore a massive responsibilty to the music fan. They needed to reproduce another great album to show that this music is back and here to stay. Many came in between to strengthen the resolve against the evils of music. In a sort of Lord Of The Rings-esque alliance against the darkside of music. The Hives, White Stripes, Ash, The Libertines... Albums were coming out to bring this great music from back from when it died along with the Stones.
When "Room on Fire" came, I believe this won music back for a long time. This album is incredible. If you put it in your CD player, and turn it up fully before playing, the first bars of "What Ever Happened?" make ornaments shake. The first howl of Julian, screaming "I wanna be forgotten/But I don't wanna be reminded" blow you back from wherever you are into the nearest wall. As with the songs on the debut, every song ends abruptly. And the end of "What Ever Happened" is met with, arguably, the best rock n roll song of the last 5 years. "Reptilia" is one of the most energy-fuelled, geniusly-created, technically-masterful songs ever.
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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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"Reptilia" has to be one of the finest songs ever. Right, now I've got that off my chest I can continue with the review. 'Room on Fire' is one of those albums that, unlike 'Is This It', takes time. Almost guaranteed on your first listen you will comment on the similar idiosyncratic nods it has to The Strokes fine debut. You've got the catchy riffage, the lovesick lyrics, the lo-fi production and the same mic effect on every song, and then you'll probably say something like, "hmmmm, but it isn't as good!"
Well you'd be wrong. With 'Room On Fire' the New Yorkers, who look like one half of the cast of West Side Story, have delivered a fantastically rich and mature collection of songs that, if not wholly indicative of the band's future longevity just yet, does convince you that they are growing and advancing. They certainly do have the potential to become a classic rock band capable of evolving and moving away from the sugar coated simplicity of "Last Night" and "Soma".
"12:51", in itself a clever first single release, as it is the closest this album offers to 'Is This It' but the rest is a wholly more annoyed exercise. Casablancas delivers his sardonic tales of break-up and frustration with typical cockiness yet the emotion in his voice is clearer and certainly less palatable than the last album aside from the wonderful and overlooked "Trying Your Luck".
'Room On Fire' has more surprises musically as well as lyrically. The usual, 'made up in two minutes riffs', are ever present but there are more elements to catch you out on this occasion and sharp changes in tone lie around every bend.
"Automatic Stop" is a tortured tale of denial that you expect to cheer up but doesn't. "Between Love & Hate" is more of the same and exposes a rather uncomfortable side to Casablancas and his abject loneliness.
This album will take time to sink in. So adjust yourself to a new challenging Strokes. Still fresh, still cool, but gratifyingly different.
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A lot of people have said that this album is too similar to the first. To repeat the standard of the debut would be one hell of an achievement. But there are significant changes to their sound on the new album anyway. Valensi's guitaring has reached new heights of excellence. Some riffs (tracks 3 or 10 say) achieve a sort of'fairground', 'circus' sound (also reminiscent of 1980s computer game music)- which gives the music a new, weird edge. And once more the riffs never work against the vocals. Like all great albums, it is lean, no musical fat. You couldn't take one bar off without a detrimental effect. Something else I notice: if you listen to the lyrics, most of them seem to be about shaking off groupies. Is this Casablancas' pillow talk? ("I never needed anybody,it won't change", "you talk way too much", "meet me in the bathroom", "You are young darling but not for long".)Golden rule: write about what you know.
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It would appear reading other people's reviews that 'Room on Fire' does not meet up with people's expectations as to what the follow up to 'Is This It?' should sound like... why? I don't tend to review albums i don't like and this is no exception. I think this album is as good, probably better than 'Is This It?'. The rhythms and vocals fit together to produce something that just works. I didn't feel that their previous album had the consistent genious that this album represents in my eyes. Easily one of my favourite albums. I think i may have this opinion because i was a bit of a late comer to the Strokes scene and actually heard most of 'Room on Fire' before 'Is This It?'. Stand-out tracks for me are: Reptilia, Automatic Stop, 12:51, Between Love & Hate, Under Control, The End has no End and The Way it is.
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