Julian Casablancas Phrazes For The Young
It's a beguiling mix. Replete with Julian Casablancas Phrazes For The Young guitar solos, the last Strokes album, First Impressions of Earth, grasped for the kind of gurning authenticity that US rock fans like. Lnrdcroy Ooze City, the melodies — infinitely more memorable than anything on First Impressions, or indeed most of its predecessor, Room On Fire — revel in their radio-friendliness.
It sounds suspiciously like Casablancas just being himself, rather than what he thinks mainstream America might want him to be. Only the length of the songs suggests a man grasping for grandiosity at odds with the album's sound, and instead inadvertently sapping the songs' power.
Eduard Starink Moving Rhythm fact, whenever Casablancas strains for seriousness, the album loses focus. Ludlow Street is a schlep partly because the mock-country backing doesn't suit his voice, but mostly because a lecture on the yuppification of the Lower East Side is a bit hard to take from a bloke who has Norman Connors Presents Aquarian Dream Aquarian Dream a career selling a glossy version of lates CBGBs scuzz to a mass market.
When he concentrates on making pop music, however, Phrazes for the Young is a blast. Retrieved November 29, The Strokes. Fabrizio Moretti Nick Valensi. Phrazes for the Young Tyranny Virtue. Surfing Little Joy. Categories : albums.
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NOW Magazine. Rolling Stone. The Times. The words are apocalyptic, depressing, and sometimes worthy of a zen self-help manual, and while there are only eight songs, this thing seems to go on forever. The "Conan" performance was not a momentary blunder-- this album is overstuffed with production do-dads, yet disappointingly devoid of anything coming close to the sort of tossed-off brilliance this guy used to come up with during an afternoon nap. Among the witticisms are gems like, "Pleasure is the only thing one should live for.
Nothing ages like happiness," and "In all unimportant matters, style, not sincerity, is the essential. In all important matters, style, not sincerity, is the essential. So we get a batch of anti-pleasure, anti-happiness parables that are often too sincere for their own good.
Opener "Out of the Blue" Julian Casablancas Phrazes For The Young Casablancas reeling off a list of downers-- sadness, bitterness, anger, vengeance-- before settling with premature nostalgia: "All that I can do is sing a song of faded glory," he admits. Wake up!
Produced by Jason Lader Rilo Kiley, Maroon 5 and Mike Mogis Bright Eyesthe album is comically Manteca Ritmo Y Sabor and bouncy when it's not offering five-minute industrial-synth clusterfucks "River of Brakelights" or slow-motion dirges "Tourist".
Broken free of the stylistic constraints that come with the Strokes, Casablancas makes the classic rookie solo mistake of stuffing his songs with everything in the studio while never stepping back and realizing that a six-minute, country-synth historical lament in honor of Manhattan's Ludlow St. The record fares best when channeling Cyndi Lauper or the Eurythmics while keeping the tempo close to jumpy.
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