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The Strokes release their highly anticipated fifth studio album ‘Comedown Machine’ via Rough Trade Records.

The Strokes consist of Julian Casablancas (lead vocals), Nick Valensi (guitar), Albert Hammond, Jr. (guitar), Nikolai Fraiture (bass) and Fabrizio Moretti (drums).

The New York band have released four studio albums, ‘Is This It’ (2001), ‘Room On Fire’ (2003), ‘First Impressions Of Earth’ (2006) and ‘Angles’ (2011), which have sold over 5 million albums worldwide.

Discussing the recording of ‘Comedown Machine’, bassist Nikolai Fraiture said: “We got off tour and we had these songs, some left over and some new. We rehearsed in Electric Lady and it was working so we went with it. It was touch and go for a while but we finished up at Electric Lady (recording studio) in New York. We recorded ten or 11 songs and there is other stuff floating around.” He added: “We hashed it out all together like the good old days. It’s a legendary studio and it is not far away from us all, apart from Nick who lives in Los Angeles, but he made the trip out to record.”

STAFF COMMENTS

Ryan says: The gritty New Yorkers make a comeback with 'Comedown Machine'. It’s clear that Casablancas’ stained vocals are still there, and the unique riffs & melodies remain, but Comedown Machine adds a new element of synthetic dreaminess, melodic 80's sounds & percussive overhauls. A must listen.

TRACK LISTING

Track Listing
Tap Out
All The Time
One Way Trigger
Welcome To Japan
80's Comedown Machine
50/50
Slow Animals
Partners In Crime
Chances
Happy Endings
Call It Fate, Call It Kama

The Strokes

Angles

    "Angles" is The Strokes’ first new release since their No.1 album "First Impressions Of Earth" in 2006.

    The 10 new songs were all written, in various combinations, by everyone in the band: a first for a Strokes album. Their breakthrough debut, 2001's "Is This It", and the 2003 follow-up, "Room On Fire", were largely written by singer Julian Casablancas.

    "Angles" is the best album The Strokes have made since "Is This It" because of the stylistic depth and progressive excitement in those crisscross guitars, the tightly wound rhythms and Casablancas' dry trademark croon.

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    First Impressions Of Earth

      The super-hip New York quintet return with their third studio album and, gasp, what you might call a new direction! For a start this new longplayer lasts almost an hour, almost as long as "Is This It" and "Room On Fire" combined. The leading single "Juicebox" will give you some idea towards their redefined sound, whilst tracks such as "Vision Of Division" tread familiar ground which should please the faithful. All in all, another great album and a blistering start for 2006.


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