Is This It

The Strokes - Is This It
Critic Score
Based on 12 reviews
2001 Ratings: #1 / 180
User Score
2001 Ratings: #5
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
AllMusic

Able to make the timeworn themes of sex, drugs, and rock & roll and the basic guitars-drum-bass lineup seem new and vital again, the Strokes may or may not be completely arty and calculated, but that doesn't prevent Is This It from being an exciting, compulsively listenable debut.

100
NME

There's nothing unnecessary here. 'Is This It' is an album by a band that knows its strengths, knows its collective mind. It doesn't sound like one songwriter and some other donkeys.

100
Clash

Accusations of style over substance were heard from some quarters, but really – would we be talking about this album 13 years later if it didn’t comprise a collection of completely cracking songs?

91
Pitchfork

The Strokes have struck an incredible balance between the two extremes of rock music: sentimentality and listlessness.

91
Entertainment Weekly

”Is This It” bows down before all the trademarks of pre-1977 rock: off-kilter guitar solos, half-buried vocals (à la ”Louie, Louie”), attitude-heavy slurring (by singer Julian Casablancas), primitive tom-tom rhythms (shades of the Velvets’ Moe Tucker), and the raw, muddy sonics of garage-band 45s.

90
Drowned in Sound

This is an outstanding release filled with trashy pop songs about love, hate, lust and the misunderstandings about growing up. With one song it can piss off your mum and at with the next have her singing along.

90
musicOMH

They may not really be the second coming of the Velvet Underground, but Is This It is exactly what a rock ‘n’ roll album should sound like, equally calling on its influences and pushing forward in brash discontentedness.

80
Sputnikmusic

Is This It? is a decadent album, and it finds the band kicking ass first and taking names later, and Julian Casablancas' persona is that of the ringleader of the 4 quiet men behind him.

80
Rolling Stone

The Strokes' debut album is pure New York rock & roll: all gray-pavement aggression wrapped in black-leather cool.

80
The Guardian

Is This It is a great debut album, derivative yet posessed of an urgency and excitement of its own devising.

50
Under The Radar

The Strokes aren’t bad, it’s just hard to see what all the fuss is about. They’ve got some decent licks and are probably a good live act. On CD, however, they’re not all that distinguishable.

PorneliusHubert
55
my grandad was such a big fan of the strokes he died of one
BradTasteMusic
89
a fantastic record, that isn't up for debate. I just never find myself coming back in favor of the new Voidz album which I enjoy better for its textures
halbery
100
for the longest time i thought the cover was a picture of a knee
YungNoodle
93
lots of replay value
PipePanic
94
BAND BINGE: THE STROKES (PART 1NE OF 2WENTY1NE)

If I were to describe being a teenager in one album, it would probably sound something like Is This It.

The Strokes. I mean, what even IS there to say about The Strokes? Not only one of the biggest indie rock acts of the 2000s, but are one of those acts that somehow, with nearly no explanation, have obtained gigantic 'rockstar' success not by being the grandest, the most in your face or the most 'out there' band on the planet, but by being the ... read more
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Track List

1Is This It
2:31
95
2The Modern Age
3:28
92
3Soma
2:33
92
4Barely Legal
3:54
92
5Someday
3:03
95
6Alone, Together
3:08
90
7Last Nite
3:13
92
8Hard to Explain
3:44
96
9New York City Cops
3:37
90
10Trying Your Luck
3:22
89
11Take It or Leave It
3:16
94
Total Length: 35 minutes

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