It's them, it's not me We're not enemies, we just disagree If I was like him, all dissing his pa He changes his mind, says I went too far We all disagree, I think we should disagree, yeah. Is this it? Is this it? Is this it? Can't you see I'm trying? I don't even like it I just lied to get to your apartment Now I'm staying there just for a while I can't think, 'cause I'm just way too tired. About Is This It. This opening track to The Stokes' 2001 debut ended up arbitrarily spawning the album’s title
The Strokes are an American rock band from New York City. Formed in 1998, the band is composed of singer Julian Casablancas, lead guitarist Nick Valensi, rhythm guitarist Albert Hammond J. bassist Nikolai Fraiture, and drummer Fabrizio Moretti. Following the conclusion of five-album deals with RCA and Rough Trade, the band has continued to release new music through Casablancas' Cult Records.
So it goes with the Strokes, a band that's seen enough publicity in 2001 to make bin Laden jealous. Touted by the press as "the forefathers of a bold new era in rock," "the greatest rock band since the Rolling Stones" and "the second coming of the Velvet Underground," the Strokes have nowhere to go but out of style.
If ‘it’ is 11 songs and 37 minutes of concise and elegant rock music by five young men. If ‘it’ is a truly great statement of intent, one of the all-too-infrequent calls to arms that guitar music can provide, one of the best and most characterful debut albums of the last 20 years. If ‘it’ is touching, soulful, funny, tuneful and well-written songs played by people in great clothing, then yes, it is. It is ‘it’. Simply put, Strokes have every quality rock’n’roll requires from its finest exponents and ‘Is This It’ is where they come together. Like any indispensable invention, you’re forced to wonder how you got by without it. This album is filled with examples of Strokes’ indispensability. That these songs for the most part represent material that the band have played since their inception tells you a lot about its quality: the band were inspired from the beginning, and that spontaneity has been captured.
It almost goes without saying, but the group is frequently compared to the Velvet Underground, among others, thanks in part to singer-songwriter Julian Casablancas' Lou Reed-esque vocals. Record Label: RCA, Rough Trade. Genre(s): Rock, Alternative.
Granted, their high-fashion appeal and faultless influences - Television, the Stooges, and especially Lou Reed and the Velvets - have "critics' darlings" written all over them. But like the similarly lauded Elastica and Supergrass before them, the Strokes don't rehash the sounds that inspire them - they remake them in their own image