Did they just… do that?
VIDEO REVIEW: https://youtu.be/auAE2un2x0g
If you look at the comment thread on this record’s page, you can see how my ever-growing expectations for this album never ceased. Over the years, I’ve become a huge fan of The Strokes. Their unique style of indie rock is just something to behold by all fans of art. Their material is some of the most ground-breaking, inventive, and ambitious. Ever since I heard the first single from this record, “At the Door”, the waiting was ultimately painful. The following two singles were absolutely phenomenal as well. After many months of desperately sitting here, yearning for the record’s release date to come sooner, I can finally say that “The New Abnormal” is MY new normal.
It’s no surprise that this is their most ambitious record. One could easily infer that over the 9 tracks as a whole, a 45 minute run time is troubling for a couple of reasons. One, hopefully these tracks don’t exceed their limit of listenability based on long, drawn out ideas. Two, it feels very different from their past records, that have more, shorter tracks. And three, arghh I CAN’T WAIT ANYMORE!
THIS IS THE BEST ALBUM FROM THE STROKES! I connected with this so much more than my favorite of there’s “First Impressions of Earth”, and their critically-acclaimed debut. Every track on “The New Abnormal” is peak performance for the group, so much that I can’t even pick a favorite track or rank them. This record is so inspiring in its message, ambitious in its delivery, powerful in almost every single way, and, as of April 10, 2020, my album of the year. Check out my video review for an even more in-depth look at each of the tracks themselves!
FAV TRACKS: all of them!
LEAST FAV: n/a