Phrazes For The Young - Julian Casablancas

Generally favorable reviews - based on 24 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 24
  2. Negative: 1 out of 24
  1. There are moments which hint at Casablancas’ underlying skill as a writer on Phrazes, but there’s such a ruinous deployment of disparate ideas that they never form a cogent whole.
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 70 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 19
  2. Negative: 1 out of 19
  1. Oct 30, 2014
    I honestly would give this album an 11 if I could. Julian Casablancas is not only a great musician, but also a great lyricist. While he, himself is not too fond of this album for its so called "mainstream sound." I think it is great. Every song is pure poetry, and some songs like "Glass" or "11th Dimension" could be multiple poems if separated correctly. This album is clearly underrated and continues with the trend of mine "I have never bought an album Julian Casablancas was involved in that I didn't like." I listen to this music almost daily, and if not, it's at least on my mind all the time. I will always keep a CD copy of this in my car, and in my home. I burn CD's of this album to share with my friends so they can enjoy it. And it only gets better. If you look on youtube there are acoustic versions of "11th Dimension", "River of Breaklights", and "4 Chords of the Apocalypse" that are PHENOMENAL! Although Julian seems to flub-up the words a few times, the sound of just guitar and his raw vocals almost knocked me out of my office chair. SERIOUSLY... GET THIS ALBUM!!! Full Review »
  2. Dec 6, 2013
    I think this album is too underrated by the critics, all the songs in "Phrazes For The Young" capture that somewhat 80 's 90 's feels very well and were able to present them in very sophisticated and beautiful electronic sounds! I would give it 9 out of 10, but to compensate the rating i give it 10!!! :D Full Review »
  3. Sep 19, 2013
    [5.5] Although Julian has come a long way from the basic (yet powerful), traditional rock music that made The Strokes, he clearly hasn't ended up where he wants to be, and the worst part is he doesn't seem to care. This is become increasingly evident in The Strokes' new music, where it seems like they just want to change their style completely unnecessarily. They don't care how it sounds, they just care that they're putting out music. After listening to this album, it's quite clear that Julian is the main problem with the band's lack of cohesion and consistency. When I listen to this and Comedown Machine (which I enjoyed despite its poor songwriting), all I hear is an artist that can't wait to stop writing music. Much to his own fault, his music lacks the enthusiasm and the sincerity to entertain me like the first two Strokes albums did. I won't say that I didn't like The Strokes after Room On Fire, I just think that it's agreeable to think they don't want to work hard on their music anymore. Full Review »