Phrazes For The Young - Julian Casablancas
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  • Summary: This is the solo debut for the Strokes lead singer.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 24
  2. Negative: 1 out of 24
  1. At the end, after his inevitable untimely death, all anyone will care about will be the stately grandeur of the opening (and closing) music coupled with the star’s eternal blank stare: unknowable, unfathomable, and ultimately tragic. We’ll have to wait for the movie; fortunately the soundtrack is already here.
  2. 80
    The effect is more Tokyo neon than Lower East Side leather. Surprisingly, the sonic leap forward intensifies Casablancas' greatest gift--melody.
  3. 80
    Julian Casablancas emerges with this engagingly odd collection of songs. [Nov 2009, p.92]
  4. Burdened with the responsibility of assuring the future of rock at the beginning of this decade, Casablancas now looks like he could have a decent future of his own.
  5. In the end, deliberately(?) tinny tracks such as 'Glass' sound like sketches in search of a full band. Hopefully, said band will soon oblige.
  6. Whenever Casablancas strains for seriousness, the album loses focus....When he concentrates on making pop music, however, Phrazes for the Young is a blast.
  7. 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.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 18
  2. Negative: 1 out of 18
  1. Dec 6, 2013
    10
    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 Expand
  2. RyanC
    Nov 19, 2009
    10
    Great record. Best of the solo Strokes records by far and just as good if not better than FIOE.
  3. Bruno
    Jan 26, 2010
    10
    Nice Surprise. Different from everything is being done and with that strokes feeling.
  4. BRandonD
    Nov 4, 2009
    9
    Fantastic. Better than the last Strokes record, and a future classic such as Room on Fire.
  5. Oct 19, 2011
    9
    Julian Casablancas takes a huge step from his vocals in First Impressions of Earth to this album, where he seems twice as energetic and happy about making music. This album, like the first two Strokes records, has no weak tracks that stand out (my personal favorite being River of Brakelights). It is 40 minutes and 8 tracks of nonstop emotion and Julian shows off his greatest talent in music, which is songwriting. Expand
  6. GregoireR
    Nov 25, 2009
    9
    Long awaited album. Slowly bringing you right back to where you were when the strokes were playing years ago. And then adds another layer of emotion. New ones. Good ones. 8 tracks carefully crafted not by pride nor by marketing. Expand
  7. Jun 13, 2012
    0
    It's not that good as fans talk about. The album has acceptable songs, but as a full work, is weak. As Metacritic says, I'm "mixed": I didn't hate it as I didn't like it. But I miss Casablancas when he was drunk all the time... Expand

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