Off the Record – ALBUM REVIEW – The New Abnormal, The Strokes

Have you ever wanted To listen to a new band or musician and not sure where to start? Well, instead of listening to their commercial music, why not start with something off the album first!  Today we look at the album released by The Strokes this year – The New Abnormal

The Adults Are Talking

This is the first track on the album and you are welcomed with a quick punchy drum beat that focesses on the cymbals to create a sense of electronica to the song. The bass intertwines with the drum beat to create this very simple melody and it starts to be heightened the cleverness of this music composition when you hear the plucking of the guitar throughout the verses that creates a unique sound that The Strokes are known for. The musical interlude between the chorusses and the verse is really interesting as it plays with the idea of electronica and mixes it up in a clever way to mould it to the indie style.

Brooklyn Bridge To Chorus

This song again is welcomed with an electronic introduction that is from a keyboard and it has a real up tempo vibe to it. The melody is really catchy and ha a sort of nostalgic feel to it. In the chorus the melodies change to focus more on the guitar and it has a sort of eighties feel to it. The way that spacing is used throughout the song is very effective and ever so often the music will just stop and then gradually build up again and it works really well.

Eternal Summer

This song is very much a low tone music mixed with high pitched singing, it creates a really mystical sound to the song. When the normal singing comes into play it feels dirty and rough because you have got used to the angelic sound and it contrasts and works very well together. The drum beat throughout the song is calming and at a steady beat to create this world of calm.

Not The Same Anymore

I really like the opening to the song as it plays with flat and sharp notes meaning it creates this really emotional feel to the song before the vocals even come in. Compared to the rest of the album, this song is really mellow but that is why it stands out so much. The guitar repetitive melody throughout this song is the highlight.

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