The Strokes - Angles
Critic Score
Based on 33 reviews
2011 Ratings: #557 / 907
User Score
Based on 254 ratings
2011 Ratings: #175
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.

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
Plats
79
The Strokes go for a new sound, but they don't know what. So they try on a bunch of styles to see what fits and the result is a disjointed but very fun record with some neat ideas.

Fav Tracks: Under Cover of Darkness, Machu Picchu, Taken for a Fool, Gratisfaction, Life Is Simple in the Moonlight

Least Fav Track: You're So Right

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7.9
Very Good
80
Sounds more cohesive than its predecessor, and its a interesting mix of the band`s roots and some outlandish sounds like the ones in Macchu Picchu.

Fav Tracks: Macchu Picchu, Under Cover of Darkness, Gratisfaction, Taken for a Fool, Two Kinds of Happiness

Least Fav: Youre so right
charlie17
68
An interesting left turn for the strokes where they explore the sounds of new wave in a tasteful manner, that was a much needed change in direction for the band, songs like macchu picchu see the strokes trying new things and succeeding at it, while others like under cover of darkness see them returning to their classic sound with a more nuanced and flavorful sonic pallet. Unfortunately the songwriting isn’t there for quite a few songs here, and the second half of the album is largely ... read more
Faber87
64
What happened? So disappointed.
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END OF YEAR LISTS

#46/The Fly

MISC LISTS

#34/NPR Listeners

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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