The Strokes One Way Trigger: Is That It?

Darlings of the world ten years ago, I'd have preferred it if they'd have waited another ten years ago and come back with something more original...
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Darlings of the world ten years ago, I'd have preferred it if they'd have waited another ten years ago and come back with something more original...

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The last time The Strokes made a follow-up we had to wait nearly a decade, and even though their comeback was received with luke warm adulation, songs like Machu Picchu and Undercover of Darkness kept it afloat in a modern world of Lil Wayne and Skrillex.

However, this time round, Jules and co were far less hesitant, and resurfaced mere months after wrapping the touring and promo for Angles with brand new track, One Way Trigger. Songs like OWT make me wish that they have had taken another ten years before airing new material, as this song veers more towards electro indie-flop than well crafted guitar pop.

Lo-fi eight-bit 90′s computer game production collides, to beckon a cheap sound that harks back to the Euro stylings of Norwegian pop kings A-Ha rather than the taste making song writing that united a whole generation in their first couple of efforts.

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Julian’s vocals are missing the sexy bravado that won him his plaudits on This Is It and Room On Fire, to be replaced with a murmured drawl that reaches irritating screechy crescendos in the chorus.

Albert Hammond and Nick Valensi’s intricate guitar work is nowhere to be heard. Instead you have to be content with Casablancas’ dodgy Casio synth playing, which provides much of the backing track for this song.

So what’s changed? Lack of booze and drugs? Older age? Or just the fact that nearly fifteen years in the game is bound to leave you dry for ideas. You decide.