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Comedown Machine

The StrokesAudio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (87 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (March 26, 2013)
  • Original Release Date: 2013
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: RCA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (87 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,227 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Tap Out
2. All The Time
3. One Way Trigger
4. Welcome To Japan
5. 80's Comedown Machine
6. 50/50
7. Slow Animals
8. Partners In Crime
9. Chances
10. Happy Ending
11. Call It Fate, Call It Karma

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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.

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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
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They're right. This isn't Is This It, nor is it Angles. It's the most distinct Strokes album since Is This It. Yet, the Strokes are on top of their A-game. This isn't as good as Is This It because nothing ever will be, but it's up there. I dare say it's probably their second best. Still, comparing it to their other albums doesn't do it justice. In fact, the purpose of this album has nothing to do with trying to be better than anything else. It's just an album that's supposed to be good, and it does that very well. Also, it definitely isn't garage rock, and should not be reviewed as so. It's pop-infused atmospheric rock, something the Strokes haven't really touched before, except for on Angles a bit. This is probably the band's most lyrically complex and intriguing album. It's so hooky. Hell, I'm enjoying it more than Is This It. Overall, the A-side is definitely stronger.

Tap Out "Decide my past/Define my life" (solid opener; prelude to the amazing instrumentation throughout the whole album) 9/10

All The Time "All the time in the world is never quite enough" (pretty generic Room on Fire fare, but a welcome flashback nonetheless; otherwise a pretty safe song) 7.5/10

One Way Trigger "I don't want to be in there with you/I don't want to be without your loving either" (his falsetto isn't bad; very original, doesn't get old) 8/10

Welcome to Japan "What kind of a**hole drives a Lotus?
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Striking, intriguing, ridiculous, beautiful. June 2, 2013
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Firstly, I love the album art for this record: a way to stick it to RCA that they no longer belong to them. This was the last of five records in their RCA contract, and the fact that they plastered RCA all over it while they're thrilled to be done really strikes me as funny.

Secondly, the music is some of the best Strokes I've ever heard. Tap Out is a beautiful, harmonic, Angles-esque song that showcases the tremendous voice of Julian Casablancas. His voice has just gotten better and better with every record.

One Way Trigger would be a song The Strokes would release if they were an 80's Synthpop band; that being said, it's sheer perfection. The falsetto vocals are more than impressive.

Welcome to Japan has some amazing stereo guitar work by Nick and Albert. They blend together beautifully. The lyrics are filled with that classic sarcasm and cynicism that Casablancas has in his songwriting, and it's oh so funny, but heart wrenching at the same time.

50/50 sounds like a single from the Is This It era, such a great little throwback Strokes song. You get the overdriven vocals, the slightly unbalanced sound of the guitars over the other instruments, and the classic 2/4 beat from Fab'.

80's Comedown Machine is a beautiful, reverb filled epic, that sounds alot like Julians solo record.

Call it Fate, Call it Karma is a vocally undecipherable, cosmic sounding epic, and is a perfect way to end the record.

The last song to mention is my favorite from the record, and that is without a second guess Slow Animals. There aren't enough nice things for me to say about this song. It brought me to tears during the pre-chorus.

If you're reading this, buy this record, support this band.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding! March 29, 2013
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Very creative and original album by The Strokes. Mature, different, and so listenable. I love it. The major music zines are legit crazy with the negativity regarding this album. Its easily the most interesting, laid back, and groovy of all their albums. And the musicianship is outstanding. On my 10th listen. Pick it up, you won't be disappointed at all.
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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful
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So first of all I'm a Strokes fan. I love everyone of their albums, but certainly I'd say some are better than others. Angles caught everybody off guard with a new sound, and some people didn't stick around to appreciate it. With Comedown Machine, nobody should be caught off guard, it's that same 80's mixed with classic Strokes sound. But this time, it seems that the band is more comfortable and it doesn't seem like an experiement like Angles, it seems like this is now the sound of the band. One thing with this album, you gotta give it more than one spin. The music is too innovative and futuristic for the average person's ear to capture it in first listen. By the third time you listen to this complete ablum, you should understand why this is one of the most progressive bands still playing and they don't give a damn about anything except their art. Standouts for me are the opener Tap out, the old school Strokes rocker 50/50, and the best song on the album- Welcome to Japan. If this were a new band not named the Strokes, with no history, it would be getting universal acclaim and one of the top records of the year. Sometimes it's hard for ordinary people, aka critics, to grasp something special, even when its playing right in their ear. Thank you to the Strokes for putting out an album that at the very least, is something different, and my opinion, something very special.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
It took awhile to grow on me, but I am have really been enjoying this album.
Published 3 days ago by Coleman O
5.0 out of 5 stars High Speed Strokes :)
Most of the songs are high energy fast-paced Strokes - I absolutely love it :) I have all their other albums, and they all have this magical "grow on you" effect that the... Read more
Published 26 days ago by Tara S. Mcclintick
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A gift for my boyfriend
Published 1 month ago by Ashlyn Lambert
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
will never get tired of this album :)
Published 1 month ago by Kaydove
4.0 out of 5 stars Overlooked, underrated, may require multiple listens
I remember when they released "One Way Trigger" as a single online. As soon as I heard it, my heart immediately sank because of the cheesy 80s synth sound, but then as I... Read more
Published 3 months ago by J. Mathews
4.0 out of 5 stars great
It took me awhile to get into The Strokes for some reason. Chalk it up to changing musical tastes as you get older or something. Read more
Published 6 months ago by DrThunder
5.0 out of 5 stars Not a bad song
Excellent work by The Strokes as usual, you can t find a bad tune. The Strokes always delivers a good work.
Published 8 months ago by Carlos Federico Chapur
4.0 out of 5 stars The Strokes are awesome
This album is a bit different then their others but it holds up quite well. I love the 80's/new rock infusion of The Strokes. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Marty
4.0 out of 5 stars Kind of Good, Kind of Different, Kinda Strokes
I like quite a bit of this VERY SHORT "album". But, the Strokes aren't known for filling cd's to the brim. Probably because their songs are averaging out at 3 minutes. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Cary N. Hittle
3.0 out of 5 stars Dissapointed
Kind of dissapointed by the band. That's all, this album is not as good as the others Stroke's albums. Ok?
Published 9 months ago by Jesús Ignacio García Diaz
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