Angles - The Strokes

Generally favorable reviews - based on 41 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 41
  2. Negative: 1 out of 41
  1. Mar 16, 2011
    Disjointed, hyperactive, experimental, whatever. Angles is the album to beat this year.
  2. Mar 16, 2011
    Prepare to be smitten all over again, as the NYC outfit release a brilliant fourth album.
  3. Mar 22, 2011
    Best of all, Angles captures that now-all-too-rare excitement of musicians playing off of one another.
  4. Angles is the best Strokes album since their 2001 debut, and they still sound just as fresh and youthful as they did when they released that record.
  5. Mar 22, 2011
    Once miscast as game-changing saviors of the underground, The Strokes have proven once again with Angles that they are actually one of the era's top mainstream pop-rock acts, uniquely gifted at crafting catchy, radio-ready rock songs at a time when such a thing seems like a quaint remnant of a distant past.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 155 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 39 out of 46
  2. Negative: 4 out of 46
  1. Mar 23, 2011
    I was disappointed with this album when I first listened to it. Now it's grown on me with a vengeance. I absolutely love it. Taken for a Fool is easily one of the best songs, with it's fantastic chorus. Games, the most unnerving departure from The Strokes' norm, is now one of my favourite songs. Life is Simple in the Moonlight has a unique atmosphere of distant sincerity and regret. Not to mention Under Cover of Darkness, easily the best individual Strokes song since the Is This It era. Full Review »
  2. Oct 3, 2011
    Angles has grown on me, going from a B- to a straight A. It was such a great decision to change their style a little bit after the somewhat disappointing First Impressions of Earth. Overall, Angles comes together beautifully and is one of the most underrated and unfairly overlooked albums of the past few years Full Review »
  3. Jun 24, 2012
    Under Cover of Darkness, Taken for a Fool and Gratisfaction are the only great songs in Angles, the rest is complete and utter **** And even these three songs could have been a lot better, I'd say the recording style had a lot to do with it, the songs feel disconnected and at times nonsensical because of it.

    Truly a huge disappointment, I honestly thought this would be their comeback, guess I was wrong. Gratisfaction and Taken for a Fool seem like the only fresh tunes while still retaining some of that old Strokes feel to them.
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