The Strokes - Room on Fire
Critic Score
Based on 15 reviews
2003 Ratings: #31 / 291
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2003 Ratings: #34
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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.
PipePanic
95
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
Flamingooooo
70
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
Chode
77
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
AndrewMoore
100
I will forever defend Room on Fire, the BEST Strokes album. Yea, I said it.
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Track List

  1. What Ever Happened?
  2. Reptilia
  3. Automatic Stop
  4. 12:51 
  5. You Talk Way Too Much
  6. Between Love & Hate
  7. Meet Me In The Bathroom
  8. Under Control
  9. The Way It Is
  10. The End Has No End
  11. I Can't Win

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