FIRST LISTEN: Angels by The Strokes (RCA/Rough Trade)

Angles

NOTE: This is by and far the most tired sounding album by The Strokes. It is not up to par. Part of that may have to do with Julian Casablancas and Albert Hammond Jr both battling drug addictions. In fact, the recording sessions initially fell apart because Albert Hammond Jr went to rehab to straighten up his life. Unfortunately, his efforts were not what makes a great album. Julian Casablancas’ vocals on this album sound terrible and tired.

With a sloppy sounding album coming (Angels) out it is surprising that The Strokes are gearing up to begin recording another new album immediately.