Monday, November 23, 2009

Julian Casablancas - Phrazes For The Young

It's funny that the main criticism pointed towards this album is also one of the main reasons why I love it. Yes, Julian does seem to aim in every direction possible, and there really are many disparate things going on in here - synths and drum-machines borrowed directly from the eighties, guitar riffs that seem to come from a lost Van Halen record, bizarre takes of country music as seen through the eyes of a cyborg... But in the end, it all sticks together really well, supported by his trademark blasé voice and a solid song-writing effort that has pulled all the stops in the creation of instantly memorable pop choruses. And then there's the extra kick we get out of hearing the voice behind some of the best music of the last decade in a totally new and intriguing context. Oh, and did I mention the brilliant art concept of the whole project? (9/10)

Julian Casablancas -Phrazes For The Young (Trailer)

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