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Room on Fire

Acclaimed New York rockers the Strokes' sophomore album finds them exploring familiar sonic territory but with a more intense dedication to songcraft and meticulous production.

Acclaimed New York rockers the Strokes' sophomore album finds them exploring familiar sonic territory but with a more intense dedication to songcraft and meticulous production. The lean, sinewy "Room on Fire" delves further into the group's fascination with classic urban rock, as evidenced by "What Ever Happened?" and "Reptilia." But the band also branches out stylistically on the ska-influenced "Automatic Stop" and the soulful crooner "Under Control," the Strokes' first real attempt at a ballad. Other highlights include the radio-ready "Between Love and Hate" and the indie-pop pastiche "The End Has No End." A worthy successor to the band's heavily hyped debut "Is This It," "Room on Fire" goes one step further in establishing the quintet as a burgeoning career act instead of a flavor of the month.—TC


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