AOTY 2019
The Strokes - Angles
Critic Score
Based on 34 reviews
2011 Ratings: #522 / 920
User Score
Based on 356 ratings
2011 Ratings: #219
March 22, 2011 / Release Date
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RCA / Label
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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.

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
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

Score:
7.9
Very Good
Ennety
77
It has some great songs, but overall it feels less essential. I still enjoy this album a lot.
ZIGMACHINE
88
Taken for a Fool 99
Life Is Simple in the Moonlight 99
Machu Picchu 93
Under Cover of Darkness 90
Call Me Back 90
Gratisfaction 88
You're So Right 85
Metabolism 80
Two Kinds of Happiness 78
Games 75
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Year End Lists

#46/The Fly

Decade Lists

#98/NME (2010s)

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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