First Impressions of Earth

The Strokes - First Impressions of Earth
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Based on 19 reviews
2006 Ratings: #478 / 677
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Based on 503 ratings
2006 Ratings: #139
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January 3, 2006 / Release Date
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Your goddamn right you read that rating right.

...Well, don't look at me like that! In all honestly, I should be looking at YOU like YOUR the weird one! I have never understood why people always shit on this album!

I'm not doubting that most people have a disconnect from this album when compared to the first two records though. While the first two records were 'intricate, quaint, complexly arranged, beautifully performed' pieces of garage ... read more
I'm a little biased on this record as I grew up on it, but regardless I still see this as a heavily underappreciated effort by The Strokes that largely goes unnoticed as an important release for indie rock in the mid-2000s. Why the album is underappreciated comes from a few different reasons, so I'll try to address those.

I see a general theme that this album is seen as bloated, which is something I can recognize and understand. There are a number of tracks, particularly in the back half, that ... read more
First Impressions Of Earth is by far The Strokes’ longest album, and one where they attempt to expand on their sound from their first two albums. The first leg of the album is very promising (the weakest spot of the stretch perhaps being the lead single “Juicebox”, which I’ve personally never been the biggest fan of, as it feels a bit bland and uninteresting in comparison with some of The Strokes’ better singles). “You Only Live Once” opens the album ... read more

Too bloated? I feel like it adds to the enjoyment I have. This record makes me think of an indie rock opera of sorts, or maybe a symphony. Every track is so instrumental to the making of this record for me, so with little justification, this is my favorite record from The Strokes.

Color: Orange
FAV TRACKS: all of them!
One of the most divisive records in The Strokes' catalogue, 'First Impressions of Earth' is an album that starts off on the right foot but quickly loses its luster. It then carries on in mediocrity, filling up the longest runtime of any Strokes record with some of their most forgettable material. When it's good, it's still really good. The opener "You Only Live Once" is a swaggering indie rock number that can go toe-to-toe with many of the tracks on the band's first two LPs. For my ... read more
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Track List

  1. You Only Live Once
  2. Juicebox
  3. Heart In A Cage
  4. Razorblade
  5. On The Other Side
  6. Vision Of Division
  7. Ask Me Anything
  8. Electricityscape
  9. Killing Lies
  10. Fear Of Sleep
  11. 15 Minutes
  12. Ize Of The World
  13. Evening Sun
  14. Red Light
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