Phrazes for the Young

Julian Casablancas - Phrazes for the Young
Critic Score
Based on 22 reviews
2009 Ratings: #373 / 834
User Score
Based on 62 ratings
2009 Ratings: #115
November 3, 2009 / Release Date
LP / Format
RCA / Label
Synthpop / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

30
Drowned in Sound

As a musical reference point, people have the Eighties all wrong. Comparing new music to an entire decade is a pretty careless move to begin with, but the new artists that attract the comparison tend to be a world away from the spirit of synthpop, the genre that supposedly defines the period. Just because Little Boots, for example, uses some keyboards, it doesn’t make her music ‘Eighties’.

ZIGMACHINE
91
Out of the Blue 98
Glass 98
Ludlow St. 97
Tourist 90
Left & Right in the Dark 90
4 Chords of the Apocalypse 90
11th Dimension 85
River of Brakelights 78
Plats
78
"Phrazes for the Young" shows that Julian Casablancas can work on his own and go for a synthpop direction beyond The Strokes.

Fav Tracks: 11th Dimension, Out of the Blue, Left & Right in the Dark, River of Brakelights, 4 Chords of the Apocalypse

Least Fav Track: Ludlow St.

Score:
7.8
Very Good
twwalter
68
11th Dimension is an incredible track, but the rest seems like bland filler.
80
I wasn’t really expecting to see Julian Casablancas take such a different direction coming from a garage rock band like the strokes, but, this is a solid synthpop album, although it does have its flaws.
There’s just 8 songs, I would have loved this album adding the two b-sides, Old Hollywood and 30 Minute Boyfriend, also, there are two songs in here that just, aren’t that good, Ludlow St. and River Of Brakelights just, don’t convince me at all, and the final song Tourist ... read more
50
I really don't like this album
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END OF YEAR LISTS

#21/Beats Per Minute
#21/Consequence of Sound
#27/Stereogum
#29/NME
#30/Spin
#45/musicOMH

Track List

 

  1. Out of the Blue
  2. Left & Right in the Dark
  3. 11th Dimension
  4. 4 Chords of the Apocalypse
  5. Ludlow St.
  6. River of Brakelights
  7. Glass
  8. Tourist

 

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