Strokes, The - Angles 12"
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‘Under Cover Of Darkness’ is undeniably sparky, but for The Strokes to follow it with a whole album of classic Is This It?-isms would have been a mistake. And that’s not to say this long-awaited fourth release doesn’t have flashes of the quintet’s former work – but it’s also like nothing they’ve ever made. The band have shaken things up big time; sounding revitalised and clearly brimming with ideas as off-kilter electronic and synth-driven interludes, intricate picked guitars, big lolloping basslines, sultry disco beats and haunting effects-ridden vocals are combined seamlessly with anthemic, stroppy pop songs. Angles is easily the most brilliant The Strokes have been since that seismic scene-altering debut.