Saturday, December 19, 2009

The Top 20 Albums of the '00s: Number 2

The Strokes - Is This It (2001, RCA/Rough Trade)

The Strokes was the first 21st century band to have such a huge impact on modern rock music with a sound deeply rooted in last century's most basic sonic blueprints - '50s rock 'n' roll swing, '60s garage energy and '70s punk attitude. On "Is This It" this New York City gang manages to compress 50 years of rock music history in just 36 blissful minutes and add its own magical touch, making this album not only the best debut of this decade, but also one of the most influential rock records since that other landmark back in '91. Read also our 2001 review here and check out Pitchfork's praises here.

The Strokes - Hard To Explain

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