Five years. It has been five years since my favorite band has put out an album. Do you know what that’s like? Five Christmases: disappointment. Five birthdays: disappointment. Countless nights spent crying. Forming a religion based around Julian Casablancas and his feathered mane. These are but a few of the things that have occurred as a result of The Strokes taking their sweet time delivering a followup to First Impressions of Earth. They better not call it Second Impressions of Earth, cause I’ve been there…
What we can all only hope for now is the grandest of returns for New York’s flagship band. The album that has made the wait worth it; the album that blows every other album out of the water; the album that becomes the Is This It for the 2010s. I think they’re going to do it, and the truth is that even if they don’t, the true devotees (myself, Hanan, Eric, and the thirty people who comment on thestrokesnews.com) will be happy no matter what. Here are some of the things I’m praying for on the album.
- A duet with Regina Spektor.
- Only 11 songs, totaling at the most a 45 minute album. Maybe an extra EP of the songs that didn’t make it? Acoustic versions like with Julian’s extra solo disk? That could be cool, but the best songs should always be on the album proper.
- Some backup vocals from every member at some point. They can all sing for Christ’s sake! I’ll understand if they don’t wanna break the flow of just Julian though. Still, Albert Hammond Jr. on a higher register in choruses (ala being the Frusciante to Julian’s Keidis) would be music to my ears, literally.
- Less of the hard needly guitar from songs like “Heart In a Cage” and “Vision of Division.” It honestly just doesn’t sound like the Strokes when they change up the tones that much, and it wouldn’t fit with them returning to their former selves.
These are a few things I thought of, but feel free to add more. The biggest challenge comes from the band probably not wanting to retread their first two albums. Although it’s not what critics would want to hear, I’m sure the fans would love nothing more than another Room on Fire as opposed to another FIoE. The consistency the band has on those two albums is impeccable, and a huge key to their success. I propose a toast to smart decisions from the Strokes on this album, but in the end everything is up to them. Time shall tell…