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  • Audio CD (October 28, 2003)
  • Original Release Date: 2003
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: RCA
  • ASIN: B0000C9ZLD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (406 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,433 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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ROOM ON FIRE

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An acclaimed debut prompts one of two kinds of follow-ups: either the band strives to broaden their palate or they attempt to deepen the colors they splashed all over that heralded first effort. The Strokes' second outing falls in the latter camp. In the tradition of the Ramones' Leave Home and Oasis' (What's the Story) Morning Glory, the Strokes largely stay the course with their second full-length release, producing an album that won't cause the stir that its predecessor did, but has a sneaky appeal all its own. Thanks to the quintet's Lower East Side roots, Velvet Underground and Television references abound with these guys, but Boston new wavers the Cars, and in particular their hit-heavy second album, 1979's Candy-O, provide a more suitable point of reference for Room on Fire. As with Ric Ocasek and company, Strokes frontman Julian Casablancas and his cohorts have a Cars-like knack for sly riffs that creep deeper into ones consciousness with each listen. Not much longer than a half hour from start to finish, this 11-song is modest in intent and execution, and succeeds quite nicely on its own terms. --Steven Stolder

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The Strokes know how to make good music.
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I liked this second album an awful lot even on first listen, but upon repeated listenings, I have come to like it as much as the first album.
Robert Moore
If you like good songs, get "Room on Fire."
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106 of 117 people found the following review helpful By Robert Moore HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 24, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Look, I saw Television live in the seventies (as well as the nineties and in 2001), caught Iggy Pop, the Buzzcocks, the Feelies, Eleventh Dream Day, the Mekons, the Replacements, the Pixies, the dB's, Pere Ubu, Yo La Tenga, and a host of other indie, alternative, and punk acts at their peak. Although I didn't catch them live, I discovered Big Star a lot earlier than most, and the same with Richard Thompson (who I have seen often in the past twenty years). I think my indie credibility is intact. I am baffled by the negative reactions that these guys inexplicably generate. I personally consider them to be the best band to come out of New York since Television (qualification: on record; though they weren't a good studio band, the Feelies were as good live as anyone I have ever seen). No, they aren't as good and are definitely not as brilliant as Tom Verlaine and Co., but they are still one of the most gripping new bands of the past few years in my opinion.
So why do so many people hate the Strokes? I think the explanation is simple: they were overhyped. Or if not overhyped, hyped to a degree that many people found objectionable. I only gave their first album a listen after being put off by the absurd overreaction to their debut. Once I gave them a try, however, I was stunned and delighted at what a delightful and exciting band they were.
I liked this second album an awful lot even on first listen, but upon repeated listenings, I have come to like it as much as the first album. It starts off great with some enormously catchy songs in "What Ever Happened?" and "Reptilia," but then does something extraordinary: it gets better!
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Audiophile LA on September 7, 2005
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It makes me want to rip my hair out when this album is referred to as either a disappointment or not as good as their debut. "Room on Fire" is superior, in every imaginable way possible, to "Is This It?" Here's an overlong, irrefragable, and completely accurate explanation why:

To begin with, one needs to remember the musical landscape into which the Strokes' debut album was released. The years 1999, 2000 and 2001 comprise the absolute nadir for rock music in America in my lifetime, and quite possibly since the invention of rock itself. Too grand of a statement? Feel free to head over to rocklists.com and compare the year-end hit lists of KROQ, the nation's most powerful alternative/modern rock station, from these three years to ANY other year listed. (To save you a trip: the top three songs in 2000 were by Papa Roach, Incubus and Three Doors Down.) If you're older than 22, you'll probably remember these as the years your friends claimed they could no longer listen to the radio. It was into this post-apocalyptic rape-rock landscape that the Strokes' debut album was released. "Is This It?" sounds great on its own; against a backdrop of Limp Bizkit it sounded like manna from heaven. This is the reason the Strokes were the single most hyped indie band since, like, ever. You know how they claim there can never be another Beatles because there's simply too much music out there for any one band to dominate it so thoroughly? A slightly shifted analogy applies to the Strokes: there can never be another band as hyped because music will probably never be that bad again. And why did music get good again? Why are indie bands going platinum and dominating the airwaves? Because the Strokes made it that way. No, not on their own, but their importance in saving rock radio cannot be overstated.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Andyman90 on October 29, 2003
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When I heard "Is This It?" for the first time, I knew that The Strokes were something special. What I didn't know, is that their second offering, "Room On Fire," could be so much better. The new CD has all of the great elements of the old one: great lyrics, catchy guitar riffs, and songs that are short, sweet, and get to the point without boring the listener. Each song is around three minutes which is a perfect length, compared to all the other bands these days that drag all of their songs out. Another great thing about the CD, is that all of the instruments sound great together.
Because there are no standouts on this CD, I will rate each individual song in my opinion...
1. What Ever Happened? (10/10)- This song could easily be the best Strokes song of all time. Has great lyrics and a catchy tempo to it. Great song!
2. Reptilia (8.5/10)- Good song, but gets a little repetative towards the end. Still better than most songs out there right now.
3. Automatic Stop (9.5/10)- Catchiest lyrics on the whole CD. Guitars have a reggae feel to them.
4. 12:51 (7/10)- This song is the first single off of the CD and is easily the worst song. Very boring and repetative.
5. You talk way too much (8.5/10)- The lyrics are repetative throughout the whole song, but a strong chorus and a great solo make this song a winner.
6. Between Love and Hate (8/10)- This song used to be called "Ze Newie" when The Strokes were touring, but they changed the name for the album. They also changed a lot of the lyrics as well as the pace of the song. I preferred the live version.
7. Meet Me in the Bathroom (10/10)- This was the other song that the Strokes performed quite often on tour last year, and is one of their best songs.
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