Man, I am so glad someone else has seen the glory of First Impressions of Earth like I have. It is, in every way, one of the most accomplished albums I have ever heard. The musical arrangement qualities of this album far surpass not just their own previous records but also pretty much every record released in this century. As far as just pure music goes, this is a landmark in musical arrangements. The lyrics just add to the experience. Let me explain: The mere fact that the Strokes have almost perfectly stuck to their simple "5 parts" formula yet produce such a huge sound shows how advanced their songwriting capabilities are. Using less instruments requires much more attention to detail and knowledge of how to compliment one musical part with another. This album has been the culmination of everything they have done so far in their career. It deeply saddens me that high profile reviews such as Rolling Stone and even the iTunes review give this album average ratings. They go as far to say that songs like Ask Me Anything and 15 minutes are failures when they are two of the deepest songs on the album. On top of that, even most of the Strokes own fans have claimed that First Impressions of Earth is their worst album and that return to their "old style" is needed. It is very hard for me to understand that people who listen to music and talk about it for their job and people that have stuck by the Strokes for several years would be so blind as to see the value of this album...
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