The Strokes were considered the new hot thing around in 2001, when they released their highly acclaimed debut album Is This It? I remember that I bought that disc only a few days after I heard The Modern Age and really enjoyed listening to it. But that was a long time ago, and although there weren't any changes in the group members (The five founders Julian Casablancas, Nick Valensi, Albert Hammond Jr., Nikolai Fraiture and Fabrizio Moretti are still together since 1998). they took a turn into more popular music, which sounds like another solo album of Julian Casablancas. Don't get me wrong, The Strokes are doing a fine job, even in this last release Comedown Machine, but they aren't getting closer to what they did at the start of the Millennium. Comedown Machine is well produced one but The Strokes sounds like an old band recording an album without any special effort to impress or surprise anyone. That's not what I was expecting from this young fellows. Down below you can hear three songs from Comedown Machine and two more which will remind how good they can be if they want to...
Welcome To Japan (Taken From Comedown Machine, 2013)
The Modern Age (Taken From Is This It?, 2001)
All This Time (Taken From Comedown Machine, 2013)
Heart In A Cage (Taken From First Impressions Of Earth, 2006)
Happy Ending (Taken From Comedown Machine, 2013)