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8/10 Tom Customer review, 31st May 2018
If you were paying attention in the early 2000's it was pretty much impossible to ignore the explosion of popularity that cooler-than-cool New Yorkers the Strokes experienced in the aftermath of their debut album Is This It. It was a kind of mania that very rarely happens anymore and the fact that Is This It was actually a really good album meant that the pressure was on for the band to match the almost impossible expectations of their fans for album number two.
Released two years later, Room on Fire sticks almost completely to the sound of the debut which means clean, driving chords, wiry, melodic leads, the almost-robotic drumming and Julian Casablancas' peaky croon. In fact, the only real variation comes from the use of different rhythms (the ska-like 'Automatic Stop', the doo-woppy 'Under Control') which gives Room on Fire a slightly more measured feel than it's breezy predecessor. Regardless, it's still full of really good songs and remains the last good Strokes album.
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