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Is This It

6 years, 1 month ago at Dec 17 1:24
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The Strokes’ debut is all at once a combination of the Velvet Underground and Frankenstein-like assembly of the CBGB’s crowd, yet they always sound like themselves and never like they’re pretending. Is This It is a deliciously lo-fi neo-punk classic. Julian Casablancas’ vocals sound like they’ve been recorded in a subway payphone. They’re also shredded, tough and tender. “Last Nite... read more
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Description: Is This It is the debut studio album by American indie rock band The Strokes. Recorded at Transporterraum in New York City with producer Gordon Raphael, the album was first released on July 30, 2001 in Australia, with RCA Records as the primary label. The record entered the UK Albums Chart at number two and peaked at number 33 on the U.S. Billboard 200, going on to achieve platinum status in several markets. "Hard to Explain", "Last Nite", and "Someday" were released as singles. For the album, The Strokes strived to capture a simple rock sound that was not significantly enhanced in the studio. Bu ... (more)
Manufacturer: RCA
Release date: 30 July 2001
EAN: 0078636810126 UPC: 078636810126
Tags: Garage Rock (4), Alt Rock (3), 2001 (3), Rock (2), Alternative (2), Indie (2), (2), Indie Rock (2), Alternative Rock (1), Favorite (1), Pop (1), Awesome (1), Cd (1), Chris (1)
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"Genre(s): Alternative Rock / Garage Rock / Hard Rock / Indie Rock Highlight Tracks: Is This It Someday Last Night Hard To Explain"


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""The objective of Is This It, said Strokes singer Julian Casablancas, "was to be really cool and non-mainstream, and be really popular." Recorded literally under the street of New York, this blast of guitar-combo racket passionately reconciled those seemingly contradictory aspirations, and accomplished both.""


JxSxPx posted a review 6 years, 1 month ago

Is This It

“The Strokes’ debut is all at once a combination of the Velvet Underground and Frankenstein-like assembly of the CBGB’s crowd, yet they always sound like themselves and never like they’re pretending. Is This It is a deliciously lo-fi neo-punk classic. Julian Casablancas’ vocals sound like they’ve been recorded in a subway payphone. They’re also shredded, tough and tender. “Last Nite” plays like a Ramones tribute, “Is This It” is slightly Television-esque, “Hard to Explain” bounces along on a nearly Blondie-esque bit of punk-pop. And the entire package is given a grimy sheen that’s reminiscent of White Light/White Heat. It’s no wonder that when they debuted in 2001 they became the indie pin-ups de jour. I remember rushing out to get this right after I heard “Las” read more

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