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UWAGI OD WYDAWCÓW

Reuniting after a layoff nearly as long as their existence, the Strokes came back in 2011 with Angles, an album that sounds as if the band had never taken time to explore solo albums and outside production duties. The staccato new wave of “Under Cover of Darkness” is everything one expects from the group. Its nervous jangle and gallop creates a tension unlike no other. “Two Kinds of Happiness” softens the anxiety with a smoother dreamlike frosting, but “You’re So Right” adds FM radio guitars to an avant-prog rock set-piece where spoken word and radically shifting textures stretch out the song’s two and a half minutes. “Taken for a Fool,” “Gratisfaction” and “Machu Picchu” highlight the band’s truest dynamics between guitarist Nick Valensi and drummer Fabrizio Moretti. Singer Julian Casablancas may have the band-leader job down cold, with his sneers and Richard Hell-like rambles, but the band is nothing without the spastic guitar solos and the precise beats.

UWAGI OD WYDAWCÓW

Reuniting after a layoff nearly as long as their existence, the Strokes came back in 2011 with Angles, an album that sounds as if the band had never taken time to explore solo albums and outside production duties. The staccato new wave of “Under Cover of Darkness” is everything one expects from the group. Its nervous jangle and gallop creates a tension unlike no other. “Two Kinds of Happiness” softens the anxiety with a smoother dreamlike frosting, but “You’re So Right” adds FM radio guitars to an avant-prog rock set-piece where spoken word and radically shifting textures stretch out the song’s two and a half minutes. “Taken for a Fool,” “Gratisfaction” and “Machu Picchu” highlight the band’s truest dynamics between guitarist Nick Valensi and drummer Fabrizio Moretti. Singer Julian Casablancas may have the band-leader job down cold, with his sneers and Richard Hell-like rambles, but the band is nothing without the spastic guitar solos and the precise beats.

TYTUŁ CZAS

Oceny i recenzje

4.5 z 5
Ocen: 3 tys.

Ocen: 3 tys.

SUPERHAPPYFUNBRETT ,

Like Two EP (One is great. Other is... yikes.)

The highs soar as high as anything they've done so far, and are true delights. That alone makes it 100% worth buying.

But... the lows are so low that you'll wonder how the hell they got past quality control.

On the bright side... There are songs that recall more polished versions of sounds from their debut (Under Cover of Darkness) and second LP (Taken For A Fool, Machu Piccu). There is a Strokes-by-numbers tune (Life Is Simple In The Moonlight), and... a Thin Lizzy-mode tune (Gratisfaction). These are easily the best songs from this album. Put them back to back, and if you've ever cared about this band, you will be satisfied or down right excited. It's very good. Enough to capture new fans, even. But then there's the others in there...

Two Kinds of Happiness sounds like a good song - hacked to bits and reassembled with pieces of a horrible one. One minute it's a great little Car's tune - the next it's exploding into bombastic nothingness out of nowhere. (No good.) Games was nice idea in theory. (Since they play so tight, why not inject some dance vibes, right?) But it needs more Atomic from Blondie, and less breakdowns killing the momentum. Which is key point to stress about this album... played straight from start to finish, it shoots itself in the foot. Every time you're feeling it, something suddenly goes wrong. A tune takes a bad turn, or a very bad tune in general jumps up and kills mood. But yeah... Call Me Back isn't good enough to be a B side, and is one of the worst things they've ever put out. Metabolism feels like a cheese grater against your ear, and sounds like the worst outtake from Julian's solo record. You're So Right is another desperate attempt to go into territory of darker experimenting that never, ever works for them. (It is the most disruptive track and has no business being on this record when compared to other tunes.)

So yeah... The batting average isn't bad, but there are certainly a few sluggers bringing down the percentage, if you know what I mean. It's worth buying, though. But you will probably wind up feeling like you've just bought two EP's instead of a single album. One you will listen to for years. The other... you will wish never existed.

Crapmaster123 ,

awesome

This is a great album by one of the greatest bands of all time. Buy it now and don't be dissapointed later!

Soul Johnsac ,

Acceptable

Based on 'Under Cover of Darkness', I expected much better out of this album. That being said, that is only a first impression; it could very easily grow on me. I still think it is very good, and it's refreshing to hear the Strokes have so many songs with slightly different styles and sounds. Machu Piccu has very exciting riffs, and Gratisfaction is a very catchy tune. So no, it's not Is This It good, but still a good Strokes album, especially if you're a fan.

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