AOTY 2021
The Strokes - Room on Fire
Critic Score
Based on 15 reviews
2003 Ratings: #32 / 293
User Score
2003 Ratings: #30
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CRITIC REVIEWS

80
Pitchfork

They may not be able to get away with milking this formula for many more albums, but for now, Room on Fire's eleven songs find them drowsily getting away with what they do best.

80
AllMusic

Some may gripe that it's never as good as the first time, but Room on Fire shows that even after all that happened to the Strokes, they can still surprise.

Tielur
90
The only gripe I have with this record are the long silent sequences between songs.
Flamingooooo
NR
a very successful follow up after their magnificent masterpiece Is This It. Every song has something in it that I love about The Strokes, which consists: Julian's voice and cool riffs, which without any dispute makes this album great and it doesn't matter if it wasn't because I would like it anyway. Reptilia is their best song and one of the best rock songs in music history. Yes
PipePanic
90
BAND BINGE: THE STROKES (PART 2WO OF 2WENTY1NE)

'I want to be forgotten and I don't want to be reminded.'

This album is the perfect breakup album.

Coming hot, and I mean HOT off the trails of their tour of their debut record (Is This It came out 2001, they toured relentlessly for a year, and in 2003 this came out. Fucking how.), The Strokes wanted to sharpen up their sound. They wanted more experimental mixing, sharper instrumentation, more heartfelt writing and clean cut production for ... read more
Chode
79
The Stroke’s follow-up to their 2001 classic album This Is It with Room of Fire, a pretty good album even if it does reek of afterthought-syndrome a bit. Besides a few select moments like Reptilia and The End Has No End, Room of Fire never reaches the highs of the best tracks off of Is This It. Still, there are quite a few amazing tracks here. The catchiness in the infectious and psychedelic riffs alongside Julian’s memorable and unique singing style that were present on Is This It ... read more
BradTasteMusic
69
This album has some great tracks on it. I love the first 2 and last 2, but everything in the middle is extremely forgettable. While this album is very short, the mid section ruined it for me, making it feel way longer than it should have
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