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Arrow Created with Sketch. Calendar Created with Sketch. Path Created with Sketch. The Strokes. Plate Retrieved April 8, Retrieved The Austin Chronicle. The A. Entertainment Weekly. The Guardian. Pitchfork Media. Rolling Stone. Music UK. Archived from the original on Stylus Magazine. Tiny Mix Tapes. Drowned in Sound. Slant Magazine. Australian Recording Industry Association. British Phonographic Industry. Select albums in the Format field.
Select Gold in the Certification field. Though early references were made to canonical art-rock legends such as Television and the Velvet Underground-- bands that achieved more popularity after disbanding than at their creative peaks-- the Strokes were superstars by comparison: Their debut sold more than 2 million copies worldwide; the Velvets wouldn't crack Billboard 's top albums chart until the release of 's posthumous VU.
But that's where the glory fades: The Strokes simply ascended to mainstream acceptance, leaving a potential underdog rock legacy in the dust, and accruing a truckload of backlash in the process. So one can hardly blame them for cutting their losses and going for broke on their boorishly titled third album, First Impressions of Earth.
Though always inhumanly taut, the band has grown even tighter, and now plays with a precision that, while coldly machinelike at times, is impressive more often than not. On songs like "Juicebox" and the standout "Electricityscape", drummer Fab Moretti and bassist Nicolai Fraiture form a no-nonsense rhythm section that keeps these songs as concise and focused as possible. Albert Hammond and Nic Valensi, meanwhile, build a complex weapons system out of just two guitars, interlocking like Thundercats and launching short singsongy riffs that add tension and spark, particularly on tracks like "Heart in a Cage" and "Razorblade".
But if the group has grown deadlier and more dynamic in their five years together, singer Julian Casablancas still struggles as a lyricist.
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