Other Sellers on Amazon
Frequently Bought Together
Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought
in the rare company of a small and very select group of artists that
have been able to achieve mass levels of international popularity, while
maintaining the highest standards of artistic integrity and respect
among peers. Through his groundbreaking work with The Strokes in 2001, to his
first solo album, PHRAZES FOR THE YOUNG in 2009, to his recent Grammy-
winning collaboration with Daft Punk, Julian remains a musical visionary and creative force. Over the past four years, Julian Casablancas + The Voidz have come
together through music connections and friends in NYC and LA via
their love of beat driven, aggressive and avant grade music with the
power of modern harmonies to make it catchy and powerful. A punk
band that can play and style of music, they take pride in their versatility.
Top Customer Reviews
"Take Me In Your Army" opens the album, a haunting meandering piece with Casablancas singing "This is not for everybody, this is for nobody"; a forewarning perhaps? "Crunch Punch" is rather melodic through the haze. "I can't live on the phone forever, we live too far away from everything" he sings, as a radio dial gets tuned at the end. "M.utually A.ssured D.estruction is a jumbled Lo-fi rocker with frantic beats and the vocals pushed deep into the mire till you can barely make them out, like an even fuzzier Radiohead if that were possible. "Human Sadness" is an eleven minute shape-shifting ballad, muffled and elegant despite attempts to mask its beauty with discordant effects. It's almost like Casablancas wants you to peel through to get at hooks and melody generally, not to talk of make out what he's singing.
The buzzing rocker "Where No Eagles Fly" is one of the few immediate-sounding pieces, while the rhythmic clatter of "Father Electricity" has an African lilt - very The Mars Volta. The pummelling guitar-shredding and messy "Johan Von Bronx" is sharply contrasted by the dramatic tuneful rocker "Business Dog", the woozy midtempo "Xerox" ("Tomorrow is laughing, money breeds tyranny"), the oddball groove "Day I Care", the cleaner sounding "Nintendo Blood", and the eerie hymnal closer "Off To War...".
Listening to this is like following a stranger and not knowing what unexpected detours he will take. The Lo-fi DIY quality is jarring at times and therein lies the beauty. If you are up to the challenge, there is much to enjoy here.
Second listen- "Oh hey.. that's nice over there- wait-"
Third listen- "Oh s*** this is effin' beautiful, wasn't this at the beginning too..."
And then infinite listens onward. Totally obsessed with this album. Like another Amazon reviewer said eloquently: "It's almost like Casablancas wants you to peel through to get at hooks and melody." Been a complete joy listening to this over and over and over again. Brilliant!
How would I classify the music on this record? Really difficult to do, but here’s a shot: it’s part cyber punk (Crunch Punch, Business Dog), part metal (Mutually Assured Destruction, Where No Eagles Fly, part neon garage (a la Deerhunter’s Monomania), part grimy world music (check out Father Electricity or Dare I care), part psychedelic (Human Sadness) all jumbled up in a delicious soupy mess. It’s really ahead of its time!
Unfortunately, some of the things that I love that I mentioned above are double edged and might put off potential listeners:
1) If you were expecting another Strokes album, or a solo release like Phrazes, you won’t find any of that here. This is a whole new project built from the ground up that might not be for you. Typical song structures are thrown out the window and it’s not as “tight” as a Strokes album, although I will say that it feels like “First Impressions of Earth”’s meaner, danger-taking younger brother. I was hoping the Strokes would continue on that path, but I’m glad Julian found the Voidz for that outlet. (BTW Comedown Machine is one of my favorite Strokes Albums).
2) It’s a dense album and becomes rewarding only after several plays.Read more ›
As much as Phrazes sounded different from classic Strokes, Tyranny experiments even more, but taking The Strokes' First Impressions of Earth as a starting point. It's telling that two of The Strokes songs that The Voidz perform most are Vision of Division and Ize of the World, two of the more subversive Strokes songs. You know subversive will be the name of the game when the album is named Tyranny. Add keyboards, effects, turn the drumming aggressive, and give it a lot first aesthetic, and you go from Ize of the World to Tyranny. It's well known that Julian held almost exclusive creative control over the first three Strokes albums, and to me this sounds like Julian picking up where he left off.
If you're looking for more of a Strokes sound, start with Johan Von Bronx. The guitar riffs and song structure are very reminiscent of The Strokes. The album only gets more experimental from here. The next closest song to classic Strokes is Dare I Care, with guitar riffs that sound very, very similar to One Way Trigger from Comedown Machine. The similarities end there, since the song has a distinct Turkish feel to it (Julian often cites 70s Turkish funk as an inspiration for Tyranny). Father Electricity continues the rhythmic experimentation, re-imagining The Strokes with African rhythms (Julian also often cited Fela Kuti, Nigerian Afrobeat musician, as inspiration).Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great album. I own it on cd too, got it off Cult Records.com. I love how the songs sound. It's really cool. You should really give tyranny a chance if you are a fan of The Strokes.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Hands down the best album I've heard in years. If the creativity from this amazing band doesn't seep into you then check your pulse. This album is gold.Published 2 months ago by nickfont
My dog didn't like it at all. I don't know why you would make a chew toy out of vinyl it cracked immediately. very dangerous for a dog. Read morePublished 2 months ago by KrischanSingh
Seems like Julian is saving some of his best songs as the Strokes slowly become more and more accessiblePublished 9 months ago by Bruce P. Haemmerle
I liked this, but it is nowhere near the same level as Phrazes for the Young. Tyranny has its moments, it's a good album, but it is kind of sub-par compared to what he's done with... Read morePublished 11 months ago by AllUpInYoGrill