FIOE is my favorite album too. the strokes are constantly improving. the arranging was a lot stronger than room on fire for sure, especially in songs like vision of division. (and who can resist the phrygian dominant scale of albert's solo?) the sound's a lot cleaner too, and i definitely like that. i could really write a novel about FIOE.
while heart in a cage and juicebox weren't my favorite songs on FIOE, i really can't see how any of the strokes' music could be described as commercial, haha.
i'm not really a huge fan of lyrics in general, so i can't speak much there, but oh the composition~
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