Album Review: The Strokes – Comedown Machine

strokes-306-1359561055

 
 
 

The Strokes

 

Comedown Machine

 

RCA Records, March 26 2013

 
 
 
 
 
 

Reviewed by Greg Grunzel (DJ Baby Duck)

One thing is for certain: Jules loves the 80’s. Proverbial kings of the 00’s garage rock revival scene, The Strokes’ latest effort Comedown Machine bleeds 80’s more than Eddie Murphy’s bright red leather Delirious jumpsuit (humorous side note: the minimalist album art coincidentally is the same color). They are proud to announce it, too, by naming the almost-title-track 80’s Comedown Machine, a slow, dreamy croon along the lines of Call Me Back and Ask Me Anything from the previous two releases. The very Aha-esque One Way Trigger epitomizes the new sound and takes it to the extreme. Highlights (and potential future singles) include the danceable Welcome to Japan, and the currently-stuck-in-my-head Happy Ending. They even get weird and throw in the slow, sounds-like-its-played-through-a-trasistor-radio, almost-bossa nova Call it Fate, Call it Karma to close the album. To sum it up, if you’re a fan of The Strokes and even slightly enjoyed 80’s new wave (a la Talking Heads) like I am/did, there isn’t a skippable track on here. But if you’re looking for Is This It, this isn’t it.

[Read more…]

Disclaimer: The views, information, or opinions expressed are solely those of the individual(s) involved and do not necessarily represent those of WGMU Radio and its employees. The information in this site is intended solely for the personal non-commercial use of the user who accepts full responsibility for said use. WGMU Radio assumes no responsibility or liability for any errors or omissions in the content of this site. WGMU Radio does not warrant that this site and any information or material downloaded from this site, will be uninterrupted, free of viruses, or other harmful items. You may not edit, modify, or redistribute content from this site without prior permission from the General Manager.