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The fact that two members of possibly the most potent practitioners of the new wave of garage rock met at boarding school says a lot about the Strokes. For some they were a breath of fresh air with their deliberately lo-fi tunes and cool New Yoik att...read more »

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First Impressions Of Earth

Unless you are a fan it's easy to forget that the Strokes made four further albums following their groundbreaking 'Is This It' masterclass. 'First Impressions of Earth' was their awfully titled third LP released in 2006 and was perhaps their difficult third album showing the band soldiering on once the hype machine died down. Still, it contains their usual small cluster of playlist-filling indie-rock not quite classics.   
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Angles

Angles was the fourth album from seemingly long term New Yorkers the Strokes and was the first album that they made as more of a collaborative effort rather than Julian Casablancas calling the shots. Their previous LP First Impressions of Planet Earth saw them criticised somewhat for their narrow sound world so aided by the more democratic approach, Angles opened things up a bit and saw the band experimenting with new textures and moods. 

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Comedown Machine

Comedown Machine was the Strokes album where, during the pre-publicity, bassist Nikolai Fraiture ventured from the usual 'this is our best album yet' party line to describe the recording process as 'awful' prompting the band to pull a media blackout and not do any promotional appearances. Listening to it, it's hard to tell that there were any problems at all. It's fresh and smart and sexy and strange. Though the long help feeling is that they'll never again reach Is This It' heights, Comedown Machine proved that the Strokes were still genuinely trying to make good music.   

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With You Tonight / Walk Out Music

Headed up by The Strokes bassist Nikolai Fraiture and features members from Jane’s Addiction, Au Revoir Simone, Uh Huh Her, and The Like. With You Tonight is upbeat and refreshingly groovy. Delayed and effected guitar licks with a solid disco beat that flash to Roosevelt’s sense of an endless summer.

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Future Present Past EP

It’s been awhile since we heard from the Strokes. They left us in the dark after 2013’s Comedown Machine, which finally provided the liberation from their five-album ball-and-chains contract with RCA Records. The Future Present Past EP, their first since 2001, tells us little about their future. But at least it features that classic Strokes sound, which will appease us until we hear more from them.
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Room On Fire

Room on Fire was the 'difficult' follow up to the Strokes debut and forever high water mark Is This it. Always suffering from the missed opportunity of not being called Is *This* It, Room On Fire was caught between being a retread of their debut and forging ahead with a new more high fidelity sound. Despite a smoother production, it just about does a job in satisfying fans of their catchy and cool indie rock whilst proving that the band weren't going to be just a one album wonder. 
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Is This It

The Strokes’ dynamic 2001 debut Is This It, with hard-to-resist faves like Last Nite and Someday which helped the growly Julian Casablancas and co. wedge themselves firmly into the indie rock canon. The New Yorkers’ kickstarter for the 2000s indie scene, available on regular LP from Rough Trade or a limited audiophile version on Music On Vinyl.