Latest single from the Strokes is offered as a prelude to their album
Room On Fire coming out later this month. Itís a curiously low-key affair
with Julian Casablanca's vocals well down in the mix and itís inconsequential
lyrically and musically Ė the organ-like guitar just follows/leads the vocals
and a short song at two and a half minutes.But it is catchy as hell
and has the same distorted vocal sound and the choppy backing guitar rhythms
as before on ĎIs This Ití. Itís the sort of song that catches you unawares
and you find yourself humming it to yourself at other times of the day Ė
a sneaky trick to play. It wonít gain any new converts but will make
existing fans happy. No real clues as to how the new album is going to sound.
Itís just another helping of The Strokes and that canít be a bad thing, can it?