The Strokes - Angles
Critic Score
Based on 36 reviews
2011 Ratings: #547 / 968
User Score
Based on 605 ratings
2011 Ratings: #249
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March 22, 2011 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
musicOMH

Disjointed, hyperactive, experimental, whatever. Angles is the album to beat this year.

80
Drowned in Sound

It’s The Strokes trying on a load of outfits to see what fits and personally, I think a lot of them fit well.

80
Consequence of Sound

It’s a sultry exhibition, one that spotlights the band’s strengths, yet also its weaknesses.

70
AllMusic

Ultimately, Angles' best moments are reassuring rather than exciting, offering proof that the Strokes can still make an album together, and hope that it'll come more naturally to them next time.

60
PopMatters

It’s odd that a group that’s pretty much better than anyone else at being too cool for school sometimes seems to be trying too hard on Angles.

59
Pitchfork

Not a roaring comeback as much as a glorified spit-balling session.

30
Tiny Mix Tapes

The Strokes aren’t simply a great let-down, but the best-band-that-should-have-broken-up-long-ago.

PipePanic
95
BAND BINGE: THE STROKES (PART 10N OF 21ENTYONE)

Oh boy this album had an uphill battle coming for it.

This album is set in a really interesting yet sanctimoniously depressing point in The Strokes discography. Taking almost two years to actually finish, tensions were beyond high in the band. That tension could be pointed to a number of things that we as the audience could never fully understand, but if I had to take a shot in the dark, i'd say maybe it could be due to relationships in the ... read more
Plats
84
"Angles" sees The Strokes going for a new sound. They don't really know what sound to go for, though, so they try to experiment. The base sound, however, is their old sound combined with bucketloads of new wave inspiration. While the results are a bit disjointed, we still got a great record here! The production is as raw as ever, the instrumentation is fantastic, Julian's vocals are great and "Angles" contains a lot of their greatest songs! Definitely an underrated record ... read more
TheRootBoy
75
Angles is a return to form for The Strokes. Their familiar sound is mixed in with chirpier and colorful textures. They experiment with new instrumental arrangements and go for a more worldly sound. Songs like Undercover of Darkness and Taken for a Fool have the more familiar qualities that most fans come to know them for. It's as if they never left and have always been dishing out the same, great tunes since 2001. This record seemed to turnoff a lot of remaining Strokes fans that were left over ... read more
MasterCrackfox
65
Even though I gave this album two full listens, it still just feels forgettable. There are a small set of tracks that feel like they fall within the realms of The Strokes better work, but other tracks in that same regard fall flat and merely don't stick around in memory. The album also isn't their most consistent work and this hampers the end result of the entire project feeling cohesive and coherent in the end.

Favorite track: Under Cover of Darkness
MinatoArisato
55
Really messy and all over the place, there are some nice ideas here but nothing feels all that polished as this album is quite inconsistent.

Best Track: Under Cover of Darkness
Worst Track: Call Me Back
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Track List

  1. Machu Picchu 
  2. Under Cover of Darkness 
  3. Two Kinds of Happiness 
  4. You're So Right 
  5. Taken for a Fool 
  6. Games 
  7. Call Me Back 
  8. Gratisfaction
  9. Metabolism 
  10. Life Is Simple in the Moonlight
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