First Impressions of Earth

The Strokes - First Impressions of Earth
Critic Score
Based on 18 reviews
2006 Ratings: #433 / 653
User Score
Based on 329 ratings
2006 Ratings: #123
January 3, 2006 / Release Date
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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' feels bloated and disjointed. But there are some tracks that recall their first two efforts.

Fav Tracks: You Only Live Once, Heart In a Cage, Juicebox, Razorblade, Vision Of Division, Fear of Sleep, Ize of the World, Electricityscape

Least Fav Track: Ask Me Anything

While the album does showcase some progression for their sound and offers couple of classic tunes, vocals on nearly every song are strained, incompetent and utterly atrocious. Every time Julian started moaning, screaming or crooning without any melodic sense whatsoever I wanted to choke him. I was left annoyed and unsatisfied by the end of its over-bloated 14 tracks.

Best Tracks: Juicebox; You Only Live Once; Heart In A Cage; Ize Of The World; Razorblade

Worst Tracks: Killing Lies; 15 ... read more
you only live once 99
on the other side 93
vision of division 92
evening sun 92
red light 88
ask me anything 86
razorblade 83
heart in a cage 83
killing lies 79
fear of sleep 79
juicebox 78
ize of the world 77
electricityscape 77
15 minutes 65
I don't even know how to take this album. First Impressions of Earth is very perplexing. The first track off of this album, You Only Live Once, is legitimately my favorite Strokes song. This was the first song of theirs I listened to knowing it was the band. This was at a time I was discovering new music and finding what I liked and disliked. The music video is also one of my favorite music videos I've ever seen. Everything about this track takes the best qualities of what I love about The ... 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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