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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This band The Strokes are pretty popular I think. Not sure why really as I thought they peaked with the couple of singles which came out before the debut album then dive-bombed pretty quickly after that.. 'Juicebox' was alright though, come to think of it. These days they're into spending five years making their records, taking their artwork from rejected designs for Yellow Magic Orchestra albums, naming a track after one of the coolest places on Earth (opener 'Machu Picchu') then ruining it by making it consist of sub-Vampire Weekend 'tropic rock', unsuccessfully attempting to revisit past winning formulas whilst trying awkwardly to mature into moderately more expansive sonic territory, having the drummer shave his cool hair off and just generally being pretty 'whatever, Trevor'. Lead single 'Under Cover of Darkness' is decent enough I guess but y'know, it's not 'Last Nite' or 'Hard To Explain' or owt..
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