Room on Fire

Room on Fire

by The StrokesThe Strokes

Vinyl LP(Long Playing Record)

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Overview

The Big Apple's entrant in the rock revival stakes surprised a lot of folks with the unexpected chart success of Is This It?, a debut album that exposed dark, twitchy tones borrowed from bands like the Velvet Underground and the Feelies to an audience considerably larger than the usual cult following surrounding such groups. On this much-anticipated sophomore set, the Strokes don't depart significantly from their trademark mix of distortion and sharp angles -- a state of affairs that doesn't detract from the disc's edgy appeal. On tracks like the spasmodic "What Ever Happened?," Julian Casablancas' distanced, fuzzed-out tenor adds an air of bewilderment to what could be a tale of lost love or lost innocence vis-à-vis rock stardom. Similarly, "You Talk Way Too Much," with its icy guitar sound and brittle rhythms, could be taken in any number of directions, but its origins -- an overcast and overstimulating New York street corner -- are unmistakable. At times -- as on the muddy "The Way It Is" -- the Strokes are guilty of emphasizing style over substance, settling for arch displays of post-punk technique at the expense of genuine songwriting. But that's counterbalanced by a growing appreciation of a good hook -- like the ones driving through infectious tunes like the Cars-esque "12:51" and the breezy "Meet Me in the Bathroom." With Room on Fire, the Strokes deftly sidestep the dreaded sophomore slump -- and enmesh themselves even further into the tapestry of hipster-rock history.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/28/2003
Label: Rca
UPC: 0828765549714
catalogNumber: 55497
Rank: 636

Tracks

  1. What Ever Happened?
  2. Reptilia
  3. Automatic Stop
  4. 12:51
  5. You Talk Way Too Much
  6. Between Love & Hate
  7. Meet Me in the Bathroom
  8. Under Control
  9. The Way It Is
  10. The End Has No End
  11. I Can't Win

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