Is This It (album) by The Strokes

Is This It
Is This It by The Strokes
Year: 2001
Overall rank: 21st   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
Average Rating: 
86/100 (from 2,637 votes)
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Accolades:
Award Best album of 2001 (1st)
Award Top 10 albums of the 2000s (4th)
Award Top 50 albums of all time (21st)

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Is This It is ranked as the best album by The Strokes.

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Track ratingsTrack ratings The tracks on this album have an average rating of 88 out of 100 (all tracks have been rated).

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Average Rating: 
86/100 (from 2,637 votes)
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This album is rated in the top 1% of all albums on BestEverAlbums.com. This album has a mean average rating of 84.0/100. The trimmed mean (excluding outliers) is 85.8/100. The standard deviation for this album is 15.6.

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From 3 days ago
Fav. Tracks: Someday, Last Nite.
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From 05/24/2020 08:30
Great album!
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From 05/13/2020 16:48
Amazing album!
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95/100
From 05/13/2020 10:17
The best debut album since the Stone Roses, and songs like Hard To Explain and The Modern Age would figure in the very best tracks of the noughties.
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80/100
From 03/14/2020 20:37
Good album really hyped for the new Strokes coming out this year!
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100/100
From 08/22/2019 21:17
SO much fun. At its core, it's the constant strumming that elevates this to a total win (and a Velvet Underground worthy imitator)
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From 08/19/2019 00:19
I’ve hesitated to review this until now. Like most of my favorite albums, this one had to grow on me, for 18 years to be exact. I felt like it lacked the immediacy of most great rock albums, that it needed more hooks and stronger payoffs instead of ending abruptly on certain songs. I remember reading an article about some industry executives who felt ‘Is This It’ should have been an even bigger album, that the songs never reached the heights of their potential. They used the template from the songs here and helped co-write ‘Since You Been Gone’ by Kelly Clarkson, demonstrating what they felt was the direction The Strokes songs were building to, but with bigger hooks. And I tended to agree with that sentiment for a long time, that these songs were good but never built up to a large payoff. Until one day, I was driving my old truck (as opposed to a newer Bluetooth enabled company vehicle) where I had no Spotify, no streaming service to speak of, just my old CD binder and the music of my youth. I was reminded of being in my friend’s basement, smoking weed and riding skateboards with our high school buddies, listening to The Strokes and desperately wanting to ‘get’ them the way they did. But it still didn’t click. It was good, yes, but that was all. It was historically important, I never argued that. But I never loved it. Fast forward a few weeks, and the album stayed in my CD player. I only drive that old truck on weekends, and somewhere along the way I misplaced the binder. So I have a choice: listen to this, the only album in my CD player, or the radio. I continued playing this album. And over time, I noticed my son nodding along to the songs, asking me each time he got in my truck who we were listening to, and commenting that they sound like The Beatles (he’s 3, he gets a pass). And in these moments, in a shared a experience, the songs started revealing themselves to me. I appreciated that the songs didn’t contain soaring choruses (with the exception of the perfect ‘Hard to Explain’) and instead relied on actual songwriting and musicianship to establish its brilliance. With all due respect to the poster below me, I feel it’s one of those rare albums that is anachronistic without being derivative. It could have been recorded in 1970 or today, and would have found an audience any time in between. It took me much longer than most to understand this album, but I’d be lying if I said I didn’t appreciate it a little more for that reason.

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From 08/10/2019 20:54
It's not a particularly new or revolutionary album; it's quite derivative, in fact. However, it's perhaps the most perfect album I've listened to. All the songs are simply great, and all the band members work together so well. It's simply a great listen, and proves sometimes the sum of future parts matters as much as the whole.
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From 08/02/2019 14:13
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This album is the reason why so many bands of the 2000's sound the S-A-M-E !!!!!
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From 07/19/2019 20:34
Favorite Tracks:Barely Legal
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Best Albums of 2001
1. Is This It by The Strokes
2. Amnesiac by Radiohead
3. Discovery by Daft Punk
4. Lateralus by Tool
5. Origin Of Symmetry by Muse
6. The Glow Pt. 2 by The Microphones
7. Vespertine by Björk
8. White Blood Cells by The White Stripes
9. Toxicity by System Of A Down
10. The Blueprint by Jay-Z
11. Oh, Inverted World by The Shins
12. Gorillaz by Gorillaz
13. Blackwater Park by Opeth
14. No More Shall We Part by Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
15. Bleed American by Jimmy Eat World
16. Jane Doe by Converge
17. Leaves Turn Inside You by Unwound
18. The Cold Vein by Cannibal Ox
19. Love And Theft by Bob Dylan
20. Gold by Ryan Adams
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