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The Strokes / The New Abnormal

The Strokes

The New Abnormal (Cult/RCA)

http://www.thestrokes.com

The Strokes are back and, yes, they still play their instruments as if they picked them up only a few weeks ago. The good news is, they’ve got a nifty batch of songs that actually find a way to shine, in spite of the lack of chops.

“The Adults Are Talking” sounds like a lost new wave demo from 1979, in a good way, and “Selfless” finds vocalist Julian Casablancas doing his best EMO-Mick Jagger. “Eternal Summer” is prime walkabout soundtrack stuff, like Beck in a rainstorm, sans umbrella.

Lots of nice textures and guitar layers make The New Abnormal much more interesting than past releases. Bueno.

D.P.

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