The Strokes’ fifth studio release officially drops tomorrow to much anticipation from any of us who have followed the band for the past 12 or so years. While there has always been the argument of whether The Strokes were geniuses here to save Rock & Roll or simply rich-kid posers doing their best impressions of gritty underground rockers. I’ve thought the former since the age of 14 and I’ve been hoping they would live up to that promise ever since then.
While many of us have been craving the next “Classic Strokes” album since Room On Fire dropped in ’05, the New York band appears to prefer to go in a completely different direction with their latest release. The Strokes adopted a style they hinted at with their last album, leaving many fans torn between those being reluctant to accepting the new sound and those going along with the change and assessing it for what it is, rather than comparing it with previous releases. Continue Reading