I probably would have cared about a new Strokes album in 2004. Maybe 2005. The Strokes captured a party lifestyle, and at the time I could relate to it. While Rolling Stone named Is This It, the number two album of the decade, I actually listened to it last night for the first time in a while, and found it kind of bland and unexciting. It’s a fun album for sure, but that’s about all the praise I’ll give it. I actually prefer Room on Fire, but even that feels dated. The Strokes could have only existed in the early 2000s. Like it or not, The Strokes pretty much ushered in hipster rock as we know it. I could be wrong, but I’m willing to guess only those in Williamsburg really care about a new Strokes album or tour. In retrospect, both Room on Fire and Is This It sound more no different than any of the hundreds of bands they influenced. The Velvet Underground and Stooges of the last decade they are not. I’m not the biggest Jack White fan, but there’s a reason why he can command as much power in the music industry as he does. When the White Stripes came exploded at the same time as The Strokes, The White Stripes could easily be seen as a gimmick. But Jack White has proved himself to be versatile and also a working class musician. Not something that I can see The Strokes doing.
That is unless Albert Hammond Jr writes all the songs. His first solo album. Yours To Keep was a minor masterpiece.