The Strokes present familiar pulsing beat with new song

The Strokes – those purveyors of the early 2000s garage-rock boom; prognosticators of pompous, hipster-inflected NYC style; the definition of [what once was] cool – have once again risen from self-imposed exile to present the world with song.

“All the Time” is the first single from the band’s forthcoming fifth album Comedown Machine that drops on March 26th.

The Strokes – who are known more for producing consistent, if infrequent, material rather than ever breaking new ground musically – on their new song present a familiar pulsing beat with loud guitars along with slightly distorted, mumbled vocals. The song’s about some unknown person that’s both “living a lie” and “living too fast.” There’s a solo, too, after which the song concludes with little resolution.

It’s really everything I expect and want from the Strokes. And in that way it’s pleasing.

Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5

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Author: Ryan King

Ryan King began covering music in 2004 for the Arrow, the student newspaper at Southeast Missouri State University, eventually becoming Managing Editor at that publication. He is also the former Music Editor for OFF! Magazine, an alternative publication published by the Southeast Missourian. Ryan began writing for The Music Universe when launched, but has stepped away to focus on law. He may appear from time to time for reviews.

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