The Strokes – The New Abnormal - 2020 Indie Synth Rock 180 Grm LP + Poster - Artwork – Jean-Michel Basquiat
The Strokes – The New Abnormal
RCA – 19439-70588-1, Cult Records (3) – 19439-70588-1
Vinyl, LP, Album, 180 gram
Packaged in a hard plastic sleeve.
Includes a custom inner sleeve, a foldout poster, and a download card.
Track numbering is sequential across sides.
NEW SEALED COPY
USA & Canada
10 Apr 2020
Rock & Roll, Blues Rock
A1 The Adults Are Talking
A3 Brooklyn Bridge To Chorus
A4 Bad Decisions
Written-By – Billy Idol, The Strokes, Tony James
A5 Eternal Summer
B1 At The Door
B2 Why Are Sundays So Depressing
B3 Not The Same Anymore
B4 Ode To The Mets
Bass – Nikolai Fraiture
Drums – Fabrizio Moretti
Guitar – Albert Hammond Jr., Nick Valensi
Vocals – Julian Casablancas
Artwork – Jean-Michel Basquiat
Lacquer Cut By – BG*
Lyrics By – J. Casablancas* (tracks: A1 to A3, A5 to B4)
Management – Jack Rovner, Richard Priest, Ryan Gentles
Mastered By – Stephen Marcussen, Stewart Whitmore
Mixed By – Ben Baptie (tracks: A1 to A3, B3), Jason Lader (tracks: A4 to B2, B4)
Music By – Paul Vassallo (tracks: B6), Richard Lofthouse Butler* (tracks: A5), The Strokes (tracks: A1 to A3, A5 to B4), Timothy George Butler* (tracks: A5)
Photography By – Jason McDonald
Producer – Rick Rubin
Additional engineering [...] at Lucy's Meat Market
"The Strokes will always have a complicated legacy. They came out of the gates with the single defining statement in 2000s guitar rock, and in the nearly 20 years since everything they have done has been compared to Is This It. I told a friend that I was reviewing the new Strokes record, the first in seven years, and the only reaction I heard was, “Is it as good as Is This It?” This is all to say, if all you are looking for from The Strokes’ latest offering is a retread of Is This It, you will be disappointed. Instead, The New Abnormal is the most vital and consistent the band has sounded in over a decade.
The lead singles of this record give two distinct, and seemingly contradictory, pictures of the album. “At the Door,” is a synth-led slow burn of a track. While an unexpected choice for the first single, it still has an immense, cinematic sound and a heart wrenching vocal performance from Julian Casablancas. The closest reference point here seems to be Casablancas’ work with The Voidz. Meanwhile, “Bad Decisions” sounds closer to a throwback to the band’s garage rock roots with a New Wave twist. The guitars sound similar to an Is This It or Room on Fire track, run through Modern English’s “Melt With You.” Although the song is somewhat of a genre lift, even going as far as to interpolate the melody of “Dancing With Myself,” it’s still the closest the band has come to hitting the effortless energy of the classic Strokes era.
Where The New Abnormal succeeds is how well it unites these disparate sounds in one album. The songs here may be looser and, in some cases, more unconventional, but they still feel quintessentially of The Strokes. “The Adults Are Talking” is an instant highlight with its dueling guitar solos, Casablancas’ iconic croon, and earworm melodies. Later, “Brooklyn Bridge to Chorus” starts with stabbing synths, but transitions into more familiar territory with one of the most addictive choruses on the record. This album holds onto the sharp melodies and double guitar hooks of the band’s best material, but also works in some of the left-field experimentation of The Voidz. It is all brought together masterfully by Rick Rubin’s production.
The pace of the album does slow in the second half as the band explores more leisurely material. Much like “At the Door,” these songs take their time unfolding but reveal great beauty as they do. However, this does slow the momentum later in the album. “Not the Same Anymore” is especially guilty of this. While it does have a dynamic vocal performance from Casablancas, the instrumental behind him is probably one of the least interesting on the album, which weighs it down. Thankfully, “Ode to the Mets” ends The New Abnormal on a high note with one of the best songs on the album." (http://www.undertheradarmag.com/)