The Strokes - Angles (4 stars)

Easily the most brilliant The Strokes have been since their debut

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The Strokes - Angles

(Rough Trade)

‘Under Cover Of Darkness’ is undeniably sparky, but for The Strokes to follow it with a whole album of classic Is This It?-isms would have been a mistake. And that’s not to say this long-awaited fourth release doesn’t have flashes of the quintet’s former work – but it’s also like nothing they’ve ever made.

The band have shaken things up big time; sounding revitalised and clearly brimming with ideas as off-kilter electronic and synth-driven interludes, intricate picked guitars, big lolloping basslines, sultry disco beats and haunting effects-ridden vocals are combined seamlessly with anthemic, stroppy pop songs. Angles is easily the most brilliant The Strokes have been since that seismic scene-altering debut.

The Strokes - Under Cover Of Darkness

The Strokes

Formed in 1998 in NYC, The Strokes are am indie rock/garage group best known for singles 'Last Nite', '12:51' and 'Juicebox'. Their first album Is This It, released in 2001, reached number two on the UK charts, as did 2003's Room on Fire, but it wasn't until 2006 that First Impressions of Earth, their third reached the…

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1. nusilver1 Mar 2011, 6:32pm Report

From the samples that Apple leaked this morning, it sounds like this is going to be a very exciting album. Having said that, I can't help but thinking that if First Impressions Of Earth had been released much later, it would have been received as warmly as Angles is likely going to be. FIOE is highly underrated, and I think a lot of people are going to revisit it in the coming months.

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