180 gram audiophile vinyl / Printed Inner Sleeve
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After the hype–and subsequent backlash–over the Strokes’ debut album, ‘Is This It’, many fans and skeptics alike came to realize that the band’s catchy, punk-pillaging rock ditties were, ultimately, very difficult to resist. Their eagerly anticipated follow-up, Room On Fire, is cut from the same vintage 1970s cloth, but added flourishes keep the album from sounding like a mere redux. “What Ever Happened?” opens Room On Fire with a chiming, staccato guitar riff and kicks into the immediately identifiable Strokes swagger. However, while listening to Julian Casablancas’s melancholy lyrics and the song’s carefully crafted changes, it’s clear that this is a maturing band that knows its strengths. Although Room On Fire doesn’t mark a radical musical departure for the band, the concise and consistently engaging album solidifies their status as skilled rock revivalists.
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