Trying To Never Catch Up

  • Record Label: Barsuk
  • Release Date: Aug 22, 2006

Generally favorable reviews - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. How a band from such an incestuous scene produced an album with such keen pop instincts that nonetheless stops well short of ripping anyone, local or national, off continues to boggle the mind.
  2. This is an auspicious first effort, bringing some order to Austin's musical chaos.
  3. It's clear from the first notes of Trying to Never Catch Up that this is a band that knows what they're doing, and is pretty damn sure about it, too.
  4. An album that sounds both familiar and fresh and entirely entertaining.
  5. It goes unnecessarily heavy on the production at times, and the song titles and lyrics can be transparently overreaching in their attempts at edginess. But it’s still deep and interesting enough musically and stylistically to qualify as one of the year’s best rock releases.
  6. This is the Strokes’ first record without its adherence to formula and form, with better guitars and bigger chords. And, you know, more fun.
  7. Through all the fascinating genre shell games, the constant on Trying To Never Catch Up is a smart pop sensibility that rarely expels an unoriginal thought.
  8. Power-pop with brains that doesn't try too hard.
  9. Spin
    Positively exuberant. [Sep 2006, p.114]
  10. The sing-alongs abound and the keyboard definitely calls for some attention from the dance floor, but the redundancy of these twelve songs is bound to induce a few headaches.
  11. This quartet's assured sound-and-fury is perplexingly difficult to care about.
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 5 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. tanner
    Nov 25, 2006
    I enjoy this album more each time I listen to it. The tracks 'Hellodrama" and "Almost Always Never" are catchy tunes, which you'll I enjoy this album more each time I listen to it. The tracks 'Hellodrama" and "Almost Always Never" are catchy tunes, which you'll be singing in your head. Full Review »
  2. TBOne
    Nov 24, 2006
    Suprisingly good album . Better than i was expecting.
  3. LucasK
    Oct 26, 2006
    ALmost All of the songs are very entertaining and modern, mostly catchy. A great Power-Pop album IDECIDE is my favorite song for this year.