The Strokes, long-time favorites of ours, have recently confirmed rumors that their new album, Angels, is being released on March 22nd. The album's first single, "Under the Cover of Darkness," has been posted onto YouTube:
For reasons I don't entirely understand, The Strokes seem to be one of those bands that is easy to hate. Some see The Strokes as a bunch of rich kids from upscale Manhattan neighborhoods, and thus not credible as outsiders or punks; others have never gotten over the fact that they were hailed as rock saviors before their first album ever hit the shelves, so much that, no matter how much success they achieve, they could never live up to the hype, or change music as it was expected they would.
In my view, none of those criticms are The Strokes' fault. Their first two albums, Is This It? and Room on Fire, are fantastic from start to finish (Is This It?, in particular, is a classic). Their most recent album, First Impressions of Earth, though watered down by a few skippable songs, nonetheless had a full album's worth of very good ones. I think that certain critics and music snobs dislike them - or, at the very least, refuse to give them an honest listen - because they're popular (so popular, in fact, that the label "indie" is rendered all but meaningless) and because of their aforementioned image problem. But there aren't more than ten bands that, in the past decade, have released three albums as good as The Strokes have, and we eagerly await their fourth.