The Strokes - The New Abnormal
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Based on 37 reviews
2020 Ratings: #542 / 857
Year End Rank: #38
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2020 Ratings: #11
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Spill Magazine

This album has brought out fans far and wide to support a band that started off just wanting to write what they wanted. It is a nod to all the classic Strokes sounds that are known and loved without being boring or predictable, and feels like a journey through their full discography over the years, all mashed into one remarkable release.

Entertainment Weekly

Abnormal offers something even better, possibly, than reckless youth: rock stars finally old enough to truly miss those good old days — and wise enough now, too, to give us the soundtrack these strange new times deserve.


Full of passion, commitment, and creativity, The New Abnormal marks the first time in a while that the Strokes have made truly exciting music.


The Strokes seem to have finally remembered exactly how magical they can be.

The Line of Best Fit

The New Abnormal cements their continued relevance when many had been written them off, and as ever they don’t seem to care either way.

Northern Transmissions

On The New Abnormal, the Strokes sound more in sync than almost ever.

Boisterous, bright and brilliant, the world’s favourite rock ‘n’ roll band shine, sounding better than they have for years. Intimate, outward-looking and probing, it’s an illustrious effort, which should become an instant classic.
Classic Rock

The New Abnormal is less new big bang, more engrossing sizzle.


The Strokes' sixth album isn't a straightforward rejuvenation, but after a string of awkward compromises, the thaw is tangible.

God Is in the TV

There are so many pastiches of the 1980’s now and yet The Strokes have been ploughing this furrow for a while, but this is as fresh as a daisy and could have come out in 2001 which would have made Is This It a 1982 album, slap bang in the post punk afterglow. Maybe they do own a time machine.

The Needle Drop

More than just an oddity in The Strokes' catalog, The New Abnormal is a return to form after the disappointing Comedown Machine.

The Guardian

The New Abnormal proves that when they put their minds to it, that old magic is still well within the Strokes’s grasp.


There’s plenty to praise on the record, even though the listener has been certified as a second thought. Like its cover, the Jean-Michel Basquiat artwork ‘Bird On Money’, it’s spiky but quite stunning. This is a cool album, the kind you begrudgingly grow to love, even if it never cared about you.

Under The Radar

The band seems happier and healthier together, while simultaneously pulling together their best set of songs in the past decade. Couple that with Rick Rubin’s cinematic production and you have the high point of the late-career Strokes records.

The Independent

The New Abnormal – a spookily prophetic title – is stacked with rolling, streetwise grooves, boldly graffitied onto the chipped paintwork of NYC past.


The New Abnormal is a chapter much further down in that blockbuster, the second coming of a band who collapsed and rebuilt, it may not be considered a classic such as their beginnings but The Strokes are back to making damn good rock music.


The Strokes have looked to the past, both musically and personally, for this album’s inspiration and have been able to use this to make a fresh sound for themselves and take a slight shift in direction while keeping their style.

Consequence of Sound

Even with its inevitable blemishes, The New Abnormal is easily the freshest, most interesting album that The Strokes have released in more than a decade.

FLOOD Magazine

While it isn’t weighed down by as many clear duds as, say, First Impressions of Earth, it is in some respects equally tortured.

The Young Folks

As today’s mainstream looks for comfort and solace in a time of uncertainty, the nostalgic The New Abnormal is rather appropriate for a time when absurdity is every day.


While there are familiar modes, the album also attempts to reconcile the band’s core sound with progressions in Casablancas’s musical interests since.

Rolling Stone

The New Abnormal still manages to find a fresh, albeit more low-key, way into the woozy late-night grandeur they’ve always been so skilled at evoking.

Even if the album’s strong songs are among the liveliest, most effortless music the band has made in over a decade, their bursting energy only modestly offsets the LP’s many sharp lows.
Spectrum Culture

The band has framed The New Abnormal as a sort of rebirth, a return to enlightened society after a decade wandering in the wilderness. Incredibly, that isn’t as much of an oversell as one would expect.

The Arts Desk

The New Abnormal is a diverse and mature sixth album, exuding worldly confidence as it dismisses the detractors, rivals and lovers of a time less amenable than their hedonist pomp.


If you heard Comedown Machine, their incredibly lacklustre 2013 album, then you’ve basically heard everything here, but here’s the kicker – this isn’t as boring.

The Telegraph

This is not an album that will make The Strokes new friends, but it might satisfy the faithful. Sometimes it is enough just to sound great.

The Observer

The New Abnormal does herald another unexpected state of affairs: one in which this band’s long, slow, painful decline finally levels out a little.

The Sydney Morning Herald
When the mix and match aesthetic gels, the five-piece are great fun.
No Ripcord

On their latest album, The New Abnormal, The Strokes have mirrored the career of Beck, offering a mimetic approximation of music they think people want, instead of music generated from their raw, inner demons or whatever fueled them on Is This It. Not surprisingly, the band sounds like musicians seeking the lowest common denominator in pop music: a number one hit.


The New Abnormal is not a bad record, but it is a frustrating one, made by a band that feels pulled in a dozen different directions.

Crack Magazine
On their sixth album The Strokes prove they’ve still got plenty to offer – even if it won’t change the world.
Q Magazine

Bands used to be ridiculed for saying they were just making music for themselves, and if anyone else likes it, it's a bonus.  But that genuinely does feel like what The Strokes are doing at this stage.


The NYC band’s first album in seven years is sluggish and slight, rendering their signature sound as background music.


The Strokes' The New Abnormal is an unabashedly uninspired promotional item for their upcoming world tour.

Loud and Quiet

The New Abnormal is still a way from being The Strokes’ Tranquility Base Hotel and Casino, but at moments its getting there. It’s certainly self-indulgent enough, and admirably pig-headed too.


Video Review:

The Strokes decide to do the exact opposite of what Green Day did on their last record, as The New Abnormal manages to keep Rock alive, and feeling fresh.


Did they just… do that?

If you look at the comment thread on this record’s page, you can see how my ever-growing expectations for this album never ceased. Over the years, I’ve become a huge fan of The Strokes. Their unique style of indie rock is just something to behold by all fans of art. Their material is some of the most ground-breaking, inventive, and ambitious. Ever since I heard the first single from this record, “At the ... read more


‘the new normal’ bops

rick rubin helps regenerate the strokes’ career (post voidz).

with true outside help (rubin), this is the most the strokes have attempted (let alone succeeded) in the past decade.

the opening track, “the adults are talking”, is the strongest strokes song since “call it fate, call it karma”, and one of the finest songs the group has ever recorded.

a solid album to make up for the hiatus (which, honestly, began ~ 2002)


this album is amazing. it's the first instance of the strokes finally moving on past their early popularity, and evolving into a sound that is truly unique and confident.
each of the tracks stand up well on their own, but at the same time compliment the rest of the songs so well.
this is their best album since room on fire, or maybe even since is this it.

fav songs: the adults are talking, selfless, brooklyn bridge to chorus, at the door, not the same anymore, ode to the mets
least fav songs: ... read more


A really groovy, chill experience that I'm glad I finally came around to


good but progressively gets worse imo

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Added on: January 2, 2020