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6.8

Julian Casablancas
Phrazes For The Young

I remember the first time I noticed Julian Casablancas. Painfully beautiful and with a crushing voice, he was the answer to all of the prayers that us good Catholic boys/girls had been secretly sneaking in between mumbling hail mary's and repressing Father Pedophile memories. He was a dirty rock and roller, yet with model-like characteristics. He could wake up next to you in a filthy abandoned alleyway in the morning and by night fall be sitting at your side, front row at a fashion shoot, slapping anorexic models on the ass with one hand and cupping a $18 whiskey 'n' dry in the other.

Room On Fire was the first Casablancas record. The annals of time will attribute it to The Strokes, but everyone knows Julian was the one pulling the strings. The heart strings of all of us that is. We felt his pain and his torment. The torment of being so beautiful, so misunderstood and so fucking beautiful.

Phrazes For The Young isn't as good as Room On Fire, but as Señor Kripy points out, this isn't a Strokes record. Cassa has replaced the gritty Ally Ham Junior guitars with a series of 80s pop synths and more melodic arrangements. This musical abandonment of his band's core sound is hit-and-miss, with tracks like Out Of The Blue and 11th Dimension partnering perfectly up with Julian's vocals as the centrepiece, while on other occasions the arrangements are too much of an unnecessarily distracting and overbearing element.

The numerical value we have assigned to this album might give you the impression it isn't a mind-blowing piece of music. But a few small corrections - a couple more songs, ditching 'the country hoe-down' track, a few extra trademark emotive vocal explosions - would have seen us push this up inside the womb of Planet Nines. Phrazes signifies Casablancas' musical aspirations aren't limited by his former achievements and surely that is a good thing for not only the creatively limitless future endeavours of himself, but also for that of his band.

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Comments

bella

oh. this is maybe the second time in history (1. dear science) where I've not completely agreed with something you have reviewed.

I think everyone kinda needs to forget about the strokes completely when they talk about phrazes because it's not a strokes record, it's a casablancas record. and while I don't think I'm ready to give it a rating out of 10 yet, I'm quite a bit more impressed than 6.8. the lyrics/storytelling/themes/morals/whatever on phrazes all tie in together so well and give you this kind of 'vision' when you listen to it, like it just has this distinct sort of 'sound'? ughh I will stop typing now because I am aware I am sounding like a massive wanker. I don't know how to explain in music reviewing terms, I just really like it.

I do reckon it feels like phrazes is missing some songs though. doesn't feel quite complete? but there are bonus songs coming right?

1 decade ago

bella

also how good is creamy mushroom?! we're all still talking about creamy mushroom right??

1 decade ago

(nobody)

#nailfail

1 decade ago

Lochy

I just nod, I've never been so good at shaking hands.....

1 decade ago

(nobody)

Casablancas actually wrote all the instrumental parts for the first two strokes albums; not just room on fire. By the third album he let the others play hence its moderate suckability

1 decade ago

kidalias

http://twitpic.com/y89vm

Look at that jawline!

1 decade ago

bella

he is the most attractive man in the world.

1 decade ago

Jonny Yes Yes

total man crush

1 decade ago

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