8 Songs, 39 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Even though Julian Casblancas is the singer and main songwriter for the Strokes, he doesn’t pursue the Strokes sound or even emphasize his voice on this debut solo album. Instead, he jams himself into the mix and explores a different take on retro than his retro-garage band. “Out of the Blue” kicks things off with a heavily compressed wall of sound, the soothing ‘oohs’ of the chorus lost in a swirl of ‘60s-inspired guitars and keyboards. “Left & Right In the Dark” begins with a soothing roller-rink organ and processed vocals layered among the staccato guitar licks, sounding like slightly more edgy ‘70s MOR. “11th Dimension” sports happy synthesizers for an ‘80s dance party. “4 Chords of the Apocalypse” channels a ‘60s R&B ballad through the automaton sounds of the ‘80s. “Ludlow St.” throws in a country music lope amidst its cramped keyboard heavy arrangement. “River of Brakelights” ramps up the Gary Numan “Cars” influence as it swings out of control. “Glass” slows things for an electro ballad. “Tourist” closes things out with a swinging gait, some deep bass rumbles and Casablancas’ lazy-man vocals rolling right into the cascading keyboards.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Even though Julian Casblancas is the singer and main songwriter for the Strokes, he doesn’t pursue the Strokes sound or even emphasize his voice on this debut solo album. Instead, he jams himself into the mix and explores a different take on retro than his retro-garage band. “Out of the Blue” kicks things off with a heavily compressed wall of sound, the soothing ‘oohs’ of the chorus lost in a swirl of ‘60s-inspired guitars and keyboards. “Left & Right In the Dark” begins with a soothing roller-rink organ and processed vocals layered among the staccato guitar licks, sounding like slightly more edgy ‘70s MOR. “11th Dimension” sports happy synthesizers for an ‘80s dance party. “4 Chords of the Apocalypse” channels a ‘60s R&B ballad through the automaton sounds of the ‘80s. “Ludlow St.” throws in a country music lope amidst its cramped keyboard heavy arrangement. “River of Brakelights” ramps up the Gary Numan “Cars” influence as it swings out of control. “Glass” slows things for an electro ballad. “Tourist” closes things out with a swinging gait, some deep bass rumbles and Casablancas’ lazy-man vocals rolling right into the cascading keyboards.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5
281 Ratings

281 Ratings

RFParkSlope ,

A Coolly Glittering Revelation

This album firmly cements Casablancas as one of the most significant singer/songwriters of his generation. The daring blend of styles here is seamless and fun, his voice is terrific, and the lyrics wonderfully sharp, hip, and hopeful.

Not a real Critic ,

I may have just purchased my favorite album...of all time.

This album is everything I have been looking for in music this year and succeeds in sound where other albums have faultered. Julian has incorporated so many sounds into this album but hasn't overdone himself and doesn't overwhelm the listener. "Tourist" and "Out of the Blue" are my two favorite songs off of this album right now but I can't say I dislike any others, which is often the case when you purchase an album. I'm glad I clicked the "Buy Album" button on this one.

Joshua Miller is Batman ,

so good.

if this album was a girl i'd marry. i could groove to left & right in the dark any day. don't get me started on glass. 4 chords of the apocalypse... oooffff.

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