The New Abnormal

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Worth the wait

Andrew Wood

Entertainment Editor

The Strokes are one of the most prominent indie rock bands in the last two decades. Their signature sound defined a generation of alternative rock bands. Despite their status in the music scene, in my opinion, most of their releases since their reunion album Angles simply felt cut and paste, and overall lackluster. It felt to me that the band simply wasn’t into it anymore, and were just releasing albums to appease the fans and not for their own artistic merit. This was evident to me as the band’s front man Julian Casablancas was releasing much more interesting solo work as a featured artists or with his Voidz project.

Aside from an EP, the band had not released anything since 2013 with their most uninteresting album to date Comedown Machine. Years later we finally have The New Abnormal which is not only a welcome return to form for the band, but it also feels like their most fleshed out and enjoyable album since 2005’s First Impressions of Earth. The album still has that signature sound that The Strokes are known for, while also adding something new to the table with the inclusion of bouncier riffs, electronic elements and much more inspired songwriting, which was arguably Casablancas’ strongest aspect as a musician. The album caps itself at a brisk 9 tracks and 45 minute length, and does not overstay it’s welcome whatsoever.

If you are looking for a quick pick me up during these rough times, The New Abnormal is a solid recommendation from me.

Originally Published on Vol.49 Issue 13 on April 15th, 2020