The Strokes - Comedown Machine (CD)

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    The Strokes announce their highly anticipated fifth studio album Comedown Machine to be released on March 26th via RCA Records. "All The Time" will be the official first single off the new album.

    The Strokes consist of Julian Casablancas (lead vocals), Nick Valensi (guitar), Albert Hammond, Jr. (guitar), Nikolai Fraiture (bass) and Fabrizio Moretti (drums). The band has 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. The band has headlined major festivals in the United States and UK, including the Isle of Wight Festival, Lollapalooza, Hurricane Festival, Splendour In The Grass, Rockness, Outside Lands, and Austin City Limits as well as sold out New York City's Madison Square Garden.

    Categories
    RockPopMusic
    Category
    1. Performer
    2. Rock & Pop
    3. Alternative
    Number of Discs
    1
    Number of Items
    1
    Title
    Comedown Machine [Digipak] *
    Media
    CD
    BarCode
    887654557926
    Country of Origin
    USA
    Label
    Naxos
    Format
    Audio CD
    Barcode
    887654557926
    Tracks
    1. [ Disc 01 Track 01 ] Tap Out
    2. [ Disc 01 Track 02 ] All the Time
    3. [ Disc 01 Track 03 ] One Way Trigger
    4. [ Disc 01 Track 04 ] Welcome to Japan
    5. [ Disc 01 Track 05 ] 80's Comedown Machine
    6. [ Disc 01 Track 06 ] 50/50
    7. [ Disc 01 Track 07 ] Slow Animals
    8. [ Disc 01 Track 08 ] Partners in Crime
    9. [ Disc 01 Track 09 ] Chances
    10. [ Disc 01 Track 10 ] Happy Endings
    11. [ Disc 01 Track 11 ] Call It Fate, Call It Karma
    Country
    USA
    Genre
    Pop / Rock
    Duration
    39m 49s
    Songs / Tracks
    1. [ Disc 01 Track 01 ] Tap Out
    2. [ Disc 01 Track 02 ] All the Time
    3. [ Disc 01 Track 03 ] One Way Trigger
    4. [ Disc 01 Track 04 ] Welcome to Japan
    5. [ Disc 01 Track 05 ] 80s Comedown Machine
    6. [ Disc 01 Track 06 ] 50/50
    7. [ Disc 01 Track 07 ] Slow Animals
    8. [ Disc 01 Track 08 ] Partners in Crime
    9. [ Disc 01 Track 09 ] Chances
    10. [ Disc 01 Track 10 ] Happy Ending
    11. [ Disc 01 Track 11 ] Call It Fate, Call It Karma
    Notes

    Audio Mixer: Gus Oberg.
    Recording information: Electric Lady Studios; One Way Studios.
    Photographer: Jason McDonald.
    Arriving a relatively quick two years after Angles, Comedown Machine reunites the Strokes with producer Gus Oberg, but the results sound a lot less slick and overwrought. Instead, Oberg provides a clean, intimate sound that feels like a natural progression for the band, with a mix of chugging guitars and synths that feels more organic and less like blatant '80s worship (and also bears a striking similarity to Julian Casablancas' solo album Phrazes for the Young). Likewise, most of Angles' uneven but entertaining tangents are smoothed away, making it one of the Strokes' more consistent albums in some time. True to its name, however, Comedown Machine is also some of the band's most subdued music: there are fewer uptempo songs than might be expected, and even when their amps are cranked, the Strokes aren't exactly carefree. "All the Time"'s refrain of "You're livin' too fast" is a far cry from "Room on Fire"'s "Please don't slow me down if I'm going too fast," and on the album's most quintessential rocker, "50/50," Casablancas snarls "Don't judge me" over artfully mussed guitars in a way that feels more defensive than defiant. For most of Comedown Machine, the band uses some of its prettiest melodies -- and some impressive falsetto vocals -- to craft a vulnerable, quietly confrontational mood on songs like "Tap Out" and "Slow Animals," which has an almost soulful roundness to its melody as Casablancas wonders, "Is it gone?" They venture deeper into this softer territory on the album's title track, which rivals First Impressions of Earth's "Ask Me Anything" in its dreamy introspection, and on "Chances," which boasts soft-focus keyboards that flirt with chillwave. At times, the band's precise playing and Oberg's pristine production border on airless and only emphasize the fact that the Strokes left the reckless charm of Is This It behind years ago. However, their flair for hooks and melodies is as strong as ever, particularly on "Partners in Crime," "Welcome to Japan," and "One Way Trigger," which sets pre-life crisis laments to a perky keyboard riff reminiscent of a-ha's "Take on Me." The Strokes' most mature music yet, Comedown Machine is a solidly enjoyable album, even if it lacks some of the band's previous spark. ~ Heather Phares

    Distributor
    Sony Music Entertainment
    Audio Format
    PCM Audio
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    Performer
    The Strokes
    Producer
    Gus Oberg
    Artists
    1. The Strokes
    Date Released
    2013-03-01 00:00:00
    Engineer
    Gus Oberg; Phil Joly

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