The Strokes – Comedown Machine

I’m sure fans of The Strokes were worried that their favourite band would not be together much longer. During the recording process of their last album Angels they did not even want to be in the same room or recording studio together. That makes things a lot more problematic if you ask me. Apparently the five members of The Strokes still want to be in this band as they got together to record a new album. When these five guys from New York got together in 2001 they were labeled as a garage rock band. Time changes everything.  If you are down with 80s music especially A-ha, Lionel Ritchie, Duran Duran, and Howard Jones then The Strokes fifth album Comedown Machine should be on you must have list. It is chock full of 80s synthesizers, guitar licks and clunky beats. That sounds good to the fans of this musical era, no? Well, the finished product is a disappointment. The band and the music are all over the place. At certain points even though they made the effort to get together to do this it sounds like they did not want to be there or recording music together. There are some exceptions (meaning stronger tracks) like “One Way Trigger” and “50/50”. Those unfortunately are too few and far between. The Strokes have to think about stepping back, collecting themselves and deciding where they want to go in the future.

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