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CD The Strokes Comedown Machine review

 

THE STROKES

COMEDOWN MACHINE

2013

 

 

AND AFTER THE PEAKS AND TROUGHS...

 

It seems like forever now since The Strokes were the next big think. After a debut that positively shone there has been glory and misfires in almost equal measure since. Never the most cohesive of bands The Strokes has always been able to pile on the genius and sublime in equal measures with the banal and empty.

 


2013 sees The Strokes looking lean and rejuvenated but there’s a few surprises here too and as you might imagine some work better than others.

 


What we don’t get is the low-fi glory of the debut but what we do get is a kind of homage to the synth-pop bands of the eighties like Human League  - the opening track 'Tap Out' could easily have sat on ‘Dare’, it’s interesting but not interesting enough to sell us completely.

 


New single 'All The Time' is far more comfortable – back to basics guitar driven rock, before we settle into a groove for 'One Way Trigger' which is like a step into the unknown for a band we never expected to be able to jam it out. But they stay with the thought for the pop jam of 'Welcome To Japan'.

 


Giving us time to digest what’s just happened is facilitated by the slower numbers '80s 'Comedown Machine' and 'Slow Animals' which intrigue without fully convincing.

 


Our standouts have to be ‘50/50’ which rests on a glorious riff, though is desperately short and when you add to that the synth-laden 'Chances'  you come over all Duran Duran and Japan. 'Happy Endings' too is both catchy, danceable and makes you think that the band is almost back to the best.

 

 

Lesli Phillips

 

THE STROKES COMEDOWN MACHINE CD ALBUM REVIEW 2013