The Strokes - Comedown Machine
Record Label: RCA Records
Release Date: March 26, 2013
Comedown Machine starts out strong with a tap out. Itís really strong with Julianís vocals, accompanied by a tight rhythm section and Fab playing the most interesting heís ever been. Nikolaiís great bass lines as usual and some interesting guitar work from Nick and Albert. It is followed up by All The Time, which comes close to the band trying recapture the sound of their first two albums. It comes off as one of the weaker songs on Comedown Machine, Julianís vocals sound uninteresting (not in the same way as on earlier material that worked) and backing music sounds uninspired.
Up next is "One Way Trigger" and "Welcome to Japan", easily two of the cheesiest songs on the album. "One Way Trigger" finds Julian making use of his falsetto which is a nice change and the synths make for Phoenix comparisons. "Welcome to Japan" is one of the funkiest songs the strokes have created in their career. 80ís Comedown Machine is one of the albums slower songs that relies on Julianís vocals and has some nice subtle guitar work.
"50/50" is another boring song that kind of sounds like the old The Strokes, it has some nice work and sounds like theyíre actually having fun again. Slow animals is my current favourite from the album, itís catchy, and itís one of the more interesting songs musically here. "Partners in Crime" comes off as filler, yet another boring permanenceís from Jules. Fab supplies some of his most effective drumming here and the guitar playing is fun and goes well with everything else as does the bass.
The last three songs on the album are a bit of a mix; "Chances" is another slower song, "Happy Ending" sounds like something from Angels with more edge and has the most interesting guitar work on the album and then weíre left with "Call It Fate, Call It Karma". It's the albumís closer and the weakest song, and itís not even worth talking about or listening to.
What weíre left with is an album that has some positives and some negatives for the band. It sees the band trying new interesting things, while none of them ground breaking it could lead to better things on future album releases. Plus they sound like theyíre actually having fun again. The worst parts on they are when The Strokes sound like themselves, overall this album is a welcome return and a great addition to The Strokes discography.