Album Review: The Strokes’ “Angles”
Kirby Miller, Business Manager
April 8, 2011
Filed under Arts & Entertainment
Six years, two kids, a pair of solo albums and a couple rehab stints later, The Strokes are back. The return of The Strokes for indie music fans is what Pixie Sticks are to a five year-old… The best thing that could ever happen, as well as the most potentially devastating. The Strokes’ comeback album, Angles, had the potential to ruin fans’ view of the band. Could they be gone as long as they were and just prance back into the hearts and iPods of their fans as easily as they were hoping? The answer is yes, they can and yes, they did.
While it is hard to pick an overall favorite song off Angles, the first single, “Under Cover of Darkness,” is a top contender. With the song’s roots dug deeply in the bands infamous sound of garage rock, it is the most familiar sounding song off Angles. “Under Cover of Darkness” could have easily been on other Strokes albums, especially 2001’s Is This It, the album that made many Strokes fans fall in love with the band to begin with.
“Under Cover of Darkness” does have competition from other songs off the album. Specifically “Machu Piccu,” the album’s opening song. “Machu Piccu” keeps in line with the traditional Strokes sound while doing what so many bands struggle to do well, which is infuse a new sound to their old one. “Machu Piccu” in particular has a slight reggae influence, but the saving grace for Strokes members and fans alike is that the traditional Strokes sound is still prominent.
Another great song off of Angles is “Taken for a Fool.” “Taken for a Fool” is a good song to workout to, dance to or just listen to. The versatility of the song can make it easily become one of the most played songs on an iPod.
Angles is a good album for any fan of alternative, rock or indie music. The Strokes’ music is good for a fan of the Arctic Monkeys or The Ramones.