First Impressions of Earth
When Is This It hit the airwaves four years ago, The Strokes became a household name. No matter where you turned, this New York quintet was being hailed as the saviour of rock. The lackluster response to its 2003 follow-up Room on Fire was chalked up to the sophomore jinx. Two-and-a-half years later, the lads are back with First Impressions of Earth, which managed to evade much of the buzz that accompanied their debut. This disc lacks heart, sounding as if Julian Casablancas just rolled out of bed and mumbled his way through a jumbled mess of 14 tracks. “Razorblade” glimmers with the hope and talent that the hype promised us years ago, but unfortunately the hype was wrong. If you could market an album for boredom, this is it.