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Album Review: The New Abnormal by The Strokes

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The Strokes are an American rock band who just put out their sixth studio album, The New Abnormal. While it has been about seven years since their previous full-length studio album, they are no strangers to fame. They are known for hits like Reptilia and Last Nite which were popular tracks in the early 2000s. Even though the album is only nine tracks long, it sure packs a lot of tunes and catchy melodies.

The first track off the album is The Adults Are Talking. For some reason, I can't help but think that the lead singer sounds like Thom Yorke from Radiohead. Other than that, I really love the melody, especially during the chorus. I also love how the running bass line is prominent on this track. You do have the occasional synth that sticks out towards the middle of the track, but it doesn't really add anything.

The next track is Selfless and it is the shortest track off the album. If you've seen some of my previous reviews, the opening instrumentation reminds me of a few tracks from Crumb's debut album, Jinx. It just has that high-pitched, eerie and mysterious sound to it. It sounds like it would be a track to a mystery show or movie. According to the lead singer, this is about his ex-wife. While this does seem like a happy track at times for his ex-wife, it turns to a different intonation later in the album.

Now we are brought to Brooklyn Bridge To Chorus. This track brings us a more electronic feeling with the staccato synth notes that opens up the track. The guitar also sounds more electronic and high pitched on this track. For the message of the track, the lead singer opens up about his addiction to alcohol in the past before he went sober.

After that, we have one of my personal favorites off the album, Bad Decisions. The guitars in the track sound like something you would hear from classic rocks years ago but fits so well with this current generation of indie rock. It also is closely related to Billy Idol's song, Dancing With Myself. On this track, the lead singer talks about how he's making bad decisions on this girl.

Eternal Summer is another personal favorite of mine from the album, and is the longest track off the album, just a little over six minutes in length. It features the lead singer's falsetto voice throughout the verses of the track, with more of an angry, shouting voice during the chorus. The tone of the album talks about the dangers and warnings of climate change and how it "won't go away" or that "it's here to stay."

Next, we have another electronic heavy track. At The Door starts with a jarring synth line that sets the tone for a dark setting. It's also a central part of the track, but there is a breath of fresh air from some running guitar lines during the chorus. Again, this track goes back to the ending of the relationship between the lead singer and his wife. The track ends with a washed-out synth that fades in and out to add more of a drastic effect.

Why Are Sundays So Depressing brings us back to a more indie rock vibe. However, there is a screaming electronic guitar effect, a "wah-wah" sound sprinkled in during the chorus. Besides that, this track really sticks it back to the indie rock sound they created over the years. The lead singer talks about what his life was like before being famous, and how he sometimes wishes he had that life back.

Not The Same Anymore slows it down a bit. It uses repeated arpeggios from the guitar for most of the track. As a main theme of the album, the lead singer talks about his past relationship and how he caused it to end. He admitted that he screwed up in the relationship as well as talking about some of the things he did or failed to do.

The final track of the album is Ode To The Mets. The track starts with some electronic synth notes but quickly ends for a quick guitar and flute duet. Since the Mets are a New York baseball team, the track basically pays homage to their roots in New York. While it's not my favorite part of the track, many fans seem to enjoy the outro of the track.

Overall Rating: 9/10
Favorite Tracks: The Adults Are Talking, Selfless, Bad Decisions, Eternal Summer, Ode To The Mets

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