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Is This It — The Strokes

BY DI STAFF | FEBRUARY 16, 2012 6:30 AM

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Today, the members of the Strokes are in their 30s. Which is hard to believe considering the lyrical content of its début album, Is This It.

The album was released Oct. 28, 2001, but it sounds like garage-rock from the 1970s. The Strokes achieved this sound by recording all of the tracks live and by using as very little high-tech recording equipment.

When Is This It was released, the band members were in their young 20s. Yet they were able to create a record that earned critical acclaim, five stars from Allmusic and Rolling Stone, a 9.1/10 from Pitchfork Media, and numerous top-ten appearances on various "top of the 2000s/21st century" rankings.

Is This It eventually inspired such bands as Arctic Monkeys, Kings of Leon, and the Libertines.

Highlights of Is This It include "Someday," "List Nite," and "Trying Your Luck."

— by Jordan Montgomery


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