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Phrazes For The Young

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2009 debut solo album from the Strokes vocalist. The primary inspiration for the album and it's title came from the Oscar Wilde essay 'Phrases And Philosophies For The Use Of The Young'. Julian explains; ''The Oscar Wilde thing makes fun of how superficial humans are - I was writing more about arrogance and shortsightedness'' Helping Casablancas achieve his vision was veteran engineer Jason Lader and Bright Eyes multi-instrumentalist Mike Mogis.
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 3, 2009)
  • Original Release Date: November 3, 2009
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: RCA
  • Run Time: 40 minutes
  • ASIN: B002KD0ORY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,304 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Not many albums out there like this today. Awesome blend of pop, synth, rock, classic, r&b, and just about anything else you can think of. The lyrics are often good, sometimes great, sometimes lacking. The solos range from VERY GOOD (Glass) to VERY BAD (River of Brakelights). Julian is obviously the brains behind The Strokes, and his solo effort completely overshadows any of the other members' works. This man is just on another level.
1) Out of the Blue - Good lyrics, decent music, sounds like something you would find on a Strokes album except for the added synth. Good way to open up the album but nothing really too special. 8/10
2) Left & Right in the Dark - One of my favorite tracks on the album. It has a very catchy chorus and really does well in building up energy. This is one of the poppier sounding songs on the album. 10/10
3) 11th Dimension - Awesome first single. Really shows Julian knows how to write a very radio friendly dance track that makes you want move around a bit haha. The lyrics on this one are among the best on the album. It seems to reflect a lot of how Julian was a shy person and all that stuff. 10/10
4) 4 Chords of the Apocalypse - This song kind of reminds me of a bluesy Beatles song, especially around the chorus. The music isn't anything that really jumps out at you but the lyrics are decent and the overall mood of the song really breaks up the album pretty well. 8/10
5) Ludlow st. - This was one of the songs used on the preview video for the album, and as such I expected it to be a stand out track. It's not. If there was one song I could do without on this album, it would be this one. Not to say it's a bad song, but following 4 Chords up with this track doesn't make much sense to me.
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...with this album and give it a chance. Upon first listen, it may seem a bit discombobulated and perplexing, but after a few takes, I realized this could be the album I have been waiting for in 2009. It is haunting and epic, but please don't go in thinking this is the next Strokes album without the rest of the band -- this is a great experiment that stands by itself, for itself.
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I purchased this album about 8 months ago, and I'm still listening to the hell out of it. I ended up buying this after buying the live 4 track album Julian has that contains 'I'll Try Anything Once', and I do not regret it. 'Out of the Blue' just builds layer after layer as the song progresses, and the drums really drive the song. '11th Dimension' is just an epic-sounding track. There are a few more songs that I like on the album, but it seems like I am always finding something new in the songs that I haven't heard before. I can't wait for the next album!
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This album still holds a bit of Strokes appeal but it takes it to a whole new level. I really feel as though I'm listening to something completely original. This is the Strokes re-imagined. I find that it truly possesses the creativity and originality people were looking for in Strokes music after "Is This It". The beats are exciting and almost always engaging, the lyrics are thoughtful, and Casablancas' vocals are beautiful and varied. I do think the album sags a little in the center when it slows down, but songs like "4 Chords of the Apocalypse" and "Ludlow St." are still worth listening to. At least the vocals do not drone forever like in "Ask Me Anything" (First Impressions of Earth). In that album I felt Casablancas was almost holding back his band with his (sometimes) painfully boring vocals. This album proves Casablancas is the true artistic genius behind the Strokes, and he still has plenty of creativity left to share.
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Listen about 5x and you'll start to like it.
There are 3 fantastic tracks in this album that make it worth it if you are sick of pop / typical indie tracks.

Refreshing and I have yet to hear anyone with such a great, unique voice.

Will spice up any playlist.

Best of the track (I'm very picky so it's shocking I even like this many!):
Out of the blue
Left and right in the dark
Ludlow Street (great lyrics)
Tourist
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Well I will start by saying I enjoyed the album. Its actually awesome that the Strokes split up and gave us all these great albums. (Little Joy, Nickel Eye, Albert Hammond Jr, Megapuss). Its a darn good album it gets 3 1/2 stars in my opinion. I think a 4 star album should be a contender for album of the year (so if you feel that way by all means give it 4 stars, i don't feel that way about this album though), and i think 5 star means its close to perfect/a classic you will hear about years from now. This album is definitely not a 5 star album. But don't get me wrong its still darn good and Strokes fans will like it. I just want to balance the reviews out a bit, since i think 5 stars is a strong statement for this album.

I also see a lot of people say how creative and genius this album is... Well I hate to sound so negative (i gave it 3 1/2 stars after all!) but this sound is just the Strokes done electronically. Its not something new, its just the band sound replaced by Julian doing electronic Strokes in a studio... Which isn't bad, but I don't understand the praise of it either. There is a drum machine through out which gets real old by the time you are done with the whole album. And the lyrics/Julian's voice are IDENTICAL to Strokes stuff; so again by the end i was bored with his voice. I hate to sound negative on it but again i feel the need for balance in reviews...

Personally I think if you are looking for "creative" or new from the Strokes I would go with Albert Hammond Jr's album(s)which i enjoyed more than this; they have much more diversity, stray further from Strokes territory, and he changes up his singing style more often.
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