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The Strokes – Under Cover Of Darkness

February 10, 2011 by  

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The Strokes – Under Cover Of Darkness

NAME: The Strokes
SINGLE: Under Cover Of Darkness
DATE: 9February2011

LABEL: RCA/Rough Trade Records


FIVE WORD REVIEW: Door opened for successful return

LOCATION: New York City, USA

LINE UP: Julian Casablancas (Vocals), Albert Hammond, Jr. (Guitar, Backing Vocals), Nick Valensi (Guitar), Nikolai Fraiture (Bass), Fabrizio Moretti (Drums)


WHAT’S THE STORY?: The Strokes’ last single release was ‘You Only Live Once’ from their ‘First Impressions of Earth’ album. That was in 2006. Nobody expected us to have to wait until 2011 for their next release. But we have and during that time we’ve had to make do with the different projects they all embarked upon, each with varying degrees of success. But at the end of the day, this is what we’ve all been waiting for. The five of them making music…together.

So was it worth the wait? Well, yes and no. As soon as that guitar/drum combination kicks in from the very start of the track, we know its The Strokes. They still have that classic sound of theirs that made them so brilliant in the first place. The music of each verse bounces behind Casablancas’s vocals, which chop and change between ‘short and sharp’ and very drawn out. He doesn’t quite pull off drawing out some of his words, sounding almost tired as he does so. The same happens in the pre-chorus as he elongates almost every word, saved only by the clanging guitar standing out above everything else.

They then go on to effortlessly deliver a chorus that easily outweighs the rest of the song, as they all come together to do what they do best. Casablancas is finally quick out of the blocks, with pacey lyrics and powerful harmonies over the top of Moretti smashing his symbols as Fratuire and Valensi provide subtly effective bass and guitar, respectively.

Overall, the riffs, the rock AND the roll are there, as well as the potential for a great album. But we’re still left feeling as though Casablancas has so much more to offer vocally. Let’s hope that when 21st March, 2011 comes around, we’re treated to the Julian Casablancas we all know and love. If we are, then on the basis of this track, The Strokes will be back better than ever.

SOUNDS LIKE: Classic ‘The Strokes’. It does show progress and change from ‘First Impressions of Earth’ but at the same time, could very well slot nicely into any of their first couple of albums.

YOU’LL LIKE THIS IF: You loved their first two albums and fancy something a bit different to their third.


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