The Strokes - Room on Fire
Critic Score
Based on 15 reviews
2003 Ratings: #30 / 289
User Score
Based on 828 ratings
2003 Ratings: #36
Liked by 39 people
October 28, 2003 / Release Date
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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.

PipePanic
97
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
AndrewMoore
100
I will forever defend Room on Fire, the BEST Strokes album. Yea, I said it.
Tielur
90
The only gripe I have with this record are the long silent sequences between songs.
Flamingooooo
92
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
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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#11/Pitchfork

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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