The Strokes - Comedown Machine Review


rating: 3

Released: 25th of March Comedown Machine is different. It's 80's. And it may not be to everyone's tastes. Two songs were unveiled by the New Yorkers prior to the release of this record. The first of these two was "One Way trigger" and whether you loved it or hated it, this song is a very accurate advertisement for Comedown Machine - it's quirky, weird and in no way sounds like it's from this decade. "All The Time" was the second. The "Is This It" throwback may have made a lot of Strokes fans excited but no one planning on listening to this record should get comfortable in the notion that there will more of this. "All The Time" is simply a mere break in a exploratory and different album. And only when you realize that can you truly begin to enjoy Comedown Machine for what it is. As an opener, "Tap Out" is well placed. It welcomes us into the whole 80's theme and and is perhaps one of the strongest on the album. The fast paced finger work of the guitar riff is the highlight along with Casablancas's trademark muffled vocals. While on the subject of the illustrious lead singer I feel it's important to point out that it has been a bit of a general consensus that Comedown Machine feels like the next stage of Julian's solo venture rather than a Strokes piece. Although there is similarities to this record and the American singers solo album "Phrazes For The Young" it has to be argued that it's clear to see a healthy influence instrumentally from the rest of the Strokes. The Indie Rocker's effort tends to stop and start. I was hard pressed to think of a more forgettable Strokes song than "80s Comedown Machine" yet things get going again with the energetic "50 50". New heights are also hit when we land at "Happy Ending". Guitarist, Nick Valensi again showing he is in good form with this one and there is a real Rock 'n' Roll feel when the chorus arrives - "Baby! Show me where to go." Ironically, this would have made for a happy ending but instead we end with "Call It Fate Call It Karma" which the album could have done without. The Strokes' fifth studio album is in no way a bad one and it's a welcomed addition to their musical works. There was, however, many high hopes pinned on Comedown Machine and after the impressive Angles it was clear that this band is still capable. Unfortunately this record leaves you feeling slightly underwhelmed.Top Songs Tap Out All The Time 50 50 Happy Ending
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