The Strokes’ new album Angles won’t hit stores until March 22, but the New York City rockers are offering up a full stream of the record at their official site.
Following their hiatus after 2006’s First Impressions of Earth, the Strokes new LP is a reminder of why we fell in love with them in the first place, while also proving the band are more than just garage rock revivalists. SPIN’s rave review notes, “Angles isn’t a strict return to the bare-bones essentialism of Is This It. Neo-garage purists who balked at the slick keyboards and zany song structures on First Impressions are sure to be miffed by the echoing electro-pop beat in ‘Games’ and the unctuous new-wave sheen of ‘Two Kinds of Happiness’ (which nods to the Cars’ ‘You Might Think’). But like the group’s instant-classic early singles, swinging new tunes such as ‘Gratisfaction’ (hey, it beats ‘Electricityscape’) and ‘Under Cover of Darkness’ tap into a giddy insouciance that feels distinctly Strokes-y.”
To celebrate the release of Angles, SPIN caught up with the band for our April issue, in which the group opens up about the creative difficulties of recording the record and Albert Hammond Jr.’s battle to beat drug addiction.