4 Songs, 19 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Fun, flip, but unfailingly on point, Future finds The Strokes as they’ve always been. The New York band’s sound remains a beguiling pastiche of '70s rock, post-punk, New Wave, and beyond, blended together so smoothly that it’s hard to tell what came from where—from the strange, Bowie-esque disco visions of “Drag Queen” to the comparatively straightforward “Threat of Joy,” which, more than anything, just sounds like the Strokes. But the highlight is “OBLIVIUS,” where singer Julian Casablancas soars into a chorus that seems to stand outside time entirely. Has any title—with its sly suggestion that the future came first and the past is where we’re at now—ever summed up a band better?

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Fun, flip, but unfailingly on point, Future finds The Strokes as they’ve always been. The New York band’s sound remains a beguiling pastiche of '70s rock, post-punk, New Wave, and beyond, blended together so smoothly that it’s hard to tell what came from where—from the strange, Bowie-esque disco visions of “Drag Queen” to the comparatively straightforward “Threat of Joy,” which, more than anything, just sounds like the Strokes. But the highlight is “OBLIVIUS,” where singer Julian Casablancas soars into a chorus that seems to stand outside time entirely. Has any title—with its sly suggestion that the future came first and the past is where we’re at now—ever summed up a band better?

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics.
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Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5
144 Ratings

144 Ratings

Faunce13 ,

Present

Even though I was hoping for thier Indie debut to be a full LP I will take what I get. Oblivious is a great new song. I was worried about the band since Jullian went out on his own. No Need everybody brought the fire to this project.

Macke47 ,

When I look at the charts on iTunes, I usually get depressed.

Not today. The Strokes are #1 on the Alternative albums chart and #12 overall.

For the last couple years, music has seemed half dead. Don't get me wrong; I like a good introspective song every once in a while. The problem is every group is beginning to sound the same.

Then, there is the Strokes, with their non-stop frantic energy flying out of every note. This is music the way I like it; songs that will punch me in the face if I don't keep my guard up. The Strokes are one of the few groups out there that create music worth more than pocket change. Keep knocking down the door, Strokes; I'll keep listening.

bob crayon ,

Give me some more, nimble Julian

The galloping bass lines and arcadian guitars literally move me to a different place, because I am dancing like a fairy through a field of clover. Oblivius made me oblivious to the world around me and I danced into Fort Knox and stole all the gold. 10/10 thank you Strokes

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