Posts Tagged ‘The Strokes’
Yuck – Yuck
Earlier this year, I wrote a pretty lukewarm review of this record. At the time, I liked it, but I couldn’t find justification for how derivative it is – it sounds like a mix tape I made when I attended high school in the mid-to-late nineties. However, I soon realized that’s not a bad thing. It might be if the songs were second-rate rip-offs, but they are not – they are top-notch, grade A rip-offs. (more…)
Now to finish it off!
25. Bjork—Selmasongs (2000)
Like the film Dancer in the Dark did for the musical, “In the Musicals” reinvents the musical number. It has all the rising, uplifting trajectory of the best Rogers & Hammerstein tunes without being cheesy and overbearing like those were. Sure, musicals were the thing back in the forties, but it can be safely said that their popularity and credibility are slipping these days. (more…)
The Strokes—Is This It
Julian Casablancas has said that he learned how to “sing cool” from Lou Reed. There is definitely a ton of that New York, Velvet Underground-style swagger to the music of The Strokes, but never was it more immediate and more purposeful than on their debut. (more…)