The Strokes Return with a Bang in First New Album in Seven Years — Stream ‘The New Abnormal’

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The Strokes could have postponed the release of their new album, The New Abnormal, due to the coronavirus pandemic — but the NYC indie/rock icons didn’t.

Instead, they forged ahead, releasing their first album since 2013’s Comedown Machine on Friday, sending this message to fans:

Fellow humanoids,

these are indeed crazy times we find ourselves in, and bizarre timing, as well, to be releasing an Album… Rather than push the release back, we hope this brings you some respite during your quarantine. Stay safe and we’ll see you soon.

That they chose to go through with the album release as originally intended speaks to the defiance and determination the band has shown since exploding onto the scene with 2001’s buzzy breakthrough debut Is This It.

The New Abnormal packs in classic Strokes-ian elements (such as with the opening track, “The Adults Are Talking”) as well as stylistic curve balls, like “Brooklyn Bridge to Chorus” (which features a synth line eerily reminiscent of the 1990s club jam “This Is Your Night” by Amber that can’t be unheard once you compare the two).

Other highlights include “Selfless,” an elegant number that finds Julian Casablancas hitting some major high notes paired with Albert Hammond Jr.’s steady guitar work, and the groove-oriented “Eternal Summer,” again featuring Casablancas taking up residency in the higher octaves.

Thanks to its blend of straight-ahead indie rock that dabbles in dream-pop with tinges of glam, The New Abnormal has a little for everybody, the end result a consistent entry to the band’s catalog.

Stream the album below, via Spotify:

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