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  • The Strokes
  • The Strokes
    Is This It?

    by Samuel Barker

    Itís about time someone actually got the idea that less is more. While most bands are trying to incorporate orchestras into their songs, or to do 300 guitar tracks all over-layed to the point where the sound is unable to be reproduced live, we get the Strokes who are keeping rock music simple.

    Combining classic rock elements with modern pop intelligence, The Strokes bring something back that listeners today have almost forgotten about, a hook.

    Vocalist Julian Casablancas, who is also credited as the sole songwriter, weaves his voice between simplistic rhythm guitar riffs and creates an infectious melody that will be stuck in your head for quite a while.

    The power of this album canít be appreciated on a single listen. The amazement comes on the second listen, when suddenly you know all the words and recognize all the hooks. Itís rare that a band takes the time or has the talent to write songs this simple and appealing.

    The lyrics are usually cryptic throughout the songs. A listener can get a gist of a song and pick out a few oddities amongst the obvious, but in the end, theyíre fun and aid in the establishment of the songsí melodies.

    Smart rock doesnít have to involve an overloading of instruments and tracks, itís just got to captivate the audience and make people take notice. The Strokes will definitely make people notice, even if they do refuse to make videos for their songs.

    Samuel Barker is Senior Editor. Contact him at suma@rockzone.com.

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