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The Strokes - Is This It

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Is This It is the debut studio album by the American rock band the Strokes. It was first released on July 30, 2001, in Australia, with RCA Records handling the release internationally and Rough Trade Records handling the United Kingdom release. It was recorded at Transporterraum in New York City with producer Gordon Raphael during March and April 2001. For their debut, the band strived to capture a simple sound that was not significantly enhanced in the studio. Building on their 2001 EP The Modern Age, the band members molded compositions largely through live takes during recording sessions, while songwriter and lead singer Julian Casablancas continued to detail the lives and relationships of urban youth.

Following its completion, the Strokes embarked on a promotional world tour before its release. The album was released gradually in different countries as their tour continued, with it being released in Japan on August 22 and the United Kingdom on August 27. The album's original cover photograph caused controversy for being too sexually explicit and was replaced by the US market. Following the September 11 attacks in New York City, the American compact disc release was delayed from September 25 to October 9 and had its track list amended, with the song "New York City Cops" being removed and replaced with the newly written track "When It Started"; however, the American vinyl release still includes the track as a result of its release falling on September 11. Three singles were released from the album: "Hard to Explain" (backed with "New York City Cops"), "Last Nite", and "Someday".

Promoted by the music press for its twin-guitar interplay and melodic, pop-influenced sound, Is This It peaked at number 33 on the US US Billboard 200 and number two on the UK Albums Chart, going on to achieve platinum status in several countries. It received critical acclaim, with many praising it for its charisma and rhythm, which often referenced the works of 1970s garage rock bands. The release of the album is widely considered to be a watershed moment, and crucial in the reinvention of post-millennium guitar music. It has been featured in several publications' lists of the best albums of the 2000s and of all time.

Release Info

Label: RCA 07863 68045-1
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album
Country: US
Released: 2001
Genre: Rock
Style: Indie Rock, Garage Rock, Post-Punk


A1 Is This It
A2 The Modern Age
A3 Soma
A4 Barely Legal
A5 Someday
B1 Alone, Together
B2 Last Nite
B3 Hard To Explain
B4 New York City Cops
B5 Trying Your Luck
B6 Take It Or Leave It

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