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: 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!!! Expand
  2. VinnyG
    Jan 20, 2010
    Great! I bought the deluxe version with 11 tracks and the last three tracks are some of my favorites. I really like this CD because it's varied, interesting, very catchy all while maintaining a likeness to The Strokes, yet sounding nothing like the strokes (confused? lol). I hope it does well! Expand
  3. TerranceG
    Nov 4, 2009
    Julian's awesome solo attempt breaks the long-lived pattern of crappy albums this year. To Julian: Thank You Sir, May I have Another.
  4. Jun 16, 2011
    I think a metascore of only 72 for this album is a big mistake, it should be up the 85/90 at least, then again, critics don't go well with people opinion, this album is so creative, complex, and full of catchy melodies and interesting lyrics, Julian's voice shines all over the album, my best track should be "Glass", excellent melody, great album. Collapse
  5. Jesse
    Nov 4, 2009
    The new strokes album it is not. what it is however is fantastic collection of head-bobbers and introspective thinkers from a guy who has never show us this side before. well done. Expand
  6. DJL
    Jan 20, 2010
    Pretty kickass Strokes album if you ask me. The album doesn't conjeal that well. But as a stab from frontman Julian I consider it a resounding success. It's best moments are as good as The Strokes. Expand
  7. Jun 13, 2012
    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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