Album: Room On Fire
Artist: The Strokes
Year Released: 2003
I really got into this album...
Favorite songs include...
“Between Love & Hate”
Why it’s so good...
I love The Strokes for their ability to keep their music so basic, and yet it packs such a punch.
There is no Strokes song- particularly on this album- that does not possess an awesome and incredibly catchy guitar riff along with an equally catchy lyric hook.
At the time this album came out, I was approaching my songwriting with the mentality that each part needed to have dense layers of complex instrumentation accompanied by 3-part harmony. Not that this is a bad approach, but The Strokes showed me music can be fun and catchy but still possessing a certain element of danger and rock spirit.
And I still want to know how they got the guitar to sound like that on “12:51”.