The Artwork is Completely Different from the Us Version. They Sound Like Many New York Bands Before them (I.e. Velvet Underground, Television, Talking Heads, Even the Ramones), but the Upshot is that They have Fused all of... more » the above and More to Create a Fresh New Sound that is Sorely Lacking in Today's Pop Market. With their Combined Good Looks and Attitude, They Appear to have all the Elements of a Major Force Sweeping the World.« less
The Artwork is Completely Different from the Us Version. They Sound Like Many New York Bands Before them (I.e. Velvet Underground, Television, Talking Heads, Even the Ramones), but the Upshot is that They have Fused all of the above and More to Create a Fresh New Sound that is Sorely Lacking in Today's Pop Market. With their Combined Good Looks and Attitude, They Appear to have all the Elements of a Major Force Sweeping the World.
William C. (bill) from ORLANDO, FL Reviewed on 4/7/2010...
Before you request please read - I have the UK version but it does not have the same front insert cover. The cover has the same yellow and blue design as on the US release. The track listing is the same as UK version and it DOES include 'New York City Cops'
Pay Extra for the Import
Surfgreen | Minneapolis, MN United States | 12/17/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I admit that I jumped on the Stroke-wagon a little late but I'm glad I climbed aboard. I really appreciate albums without filler. "Is This It" is just that, strong all that way through. The walking basslines of the title track mesh perfectly with Julian's vocals. The beginning of "Last Night" will remind you immediatley of "American Girl" by Tom Petty but comes into it's own after the first few bars. Throwing down a few more ducats gets you the original album artwork which was banned in the US (the whole situation is very reminiscent of Spinal Tap's "Smell the Glove", STRANGE), and the song "NYC Cops", which was left off the US release after the WTC 9/11. This song is the most "punk" on the CD. Aside from the multitude of 70s band comparisons (Television), if you like good, bar band rock this IS it."
Oh boy , i was soooo wrong ...
Mr. Hugo Falque | Paris, France | 11/26/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Now look into my eyes and believe me : "Is This It" is one of the 100 greatest albums of all time , and one really close from being at the top of the list , right between Marquee Moon and White Light/White Heat !
Rarely in my life have I seen such a brilliant record , with absolutly no flaw and a truly unique sound . Yes my dear fellows , I said , like , "a truly unique sound" . "Is This It" is commonly known as the godfather of Rock'n Roll revival , but there is absolutly no way you could compare it to the likes of The Vines or The White Stripes . The Strokes sounds like the 70's , yet nothing in the 70's sounds like The Strokes . Casablancas sings like Lou Reed on The Modern Age ? SO WHAT ?
WAKE UP GUYS ! When critics compare The Strokes to The Velvet Underground or Television , what they truly mean is just that The Strokes belongs to the same kind of small and arty underground bands !
And that is exactly why I HATED The Strokes at first glance . When I heard everyone talking about a "revolution" , I thought The Strokes were the Nirvana of the 00's and thus was really disapointed by those weird and childish songs . It took me two years and a couple of other listenings to understand what "Is This It" was really all about , to understand it wasn't a record that took itself seriously at all and that it was never meant to fill stadiums. The Strokes is exactly the kind of bands you'd enjoy in small , private nightclubs where you can smoke and drink as you wish to fully enjoy the music .This isn't The Beatles , Led Zeppelin or Nirvana . This is merely one of the greatest albums of all time , and that's good enough for me ."
M. Wells | 04/09/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"While the American version is missing the great "New York City Cops" (for obvious reasons) that particular version of the album is still worthy of at least four stars. I've heard the hype and I've heard the detractors....They make fun, simple, and intense songs that you can tell they feel passionate about making. It's homage music and for the unintiated (most of us, you hear that you art-punk elitists), it's something that sounds new. This album (like the Strokes are) is fun, it's underproduced, and it's in your face. Whether today's rock fans like it or not (I LOVE IT IN CASE YOU CRETIN DETRACTORS COULDN'T TELL) pop-rock is changing from the Bizkits and the Creeds of yesterday to this. ...Just sit back and rock out to just about every song on this superior UK edition because I give this muffin [arse] of an album 4 1/2 stars rated as 5..."
Do you really need a reason to buy this album?
Scarlett | New Orleans | 09/16/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"If you are a guy all you have to do is look at the cover, and you'll want this in your music collection or hanging on the bathroom wall. But seeing as how I am not a guy I did have a reason to buy this album. "New York City Cops" was taken off of the American pressing because of the 9/11 terrorist thing. Personally I think it was a huge mistake, because it is one of the best songs on the album. This album is an import from Germany, so it has the song on there (although I am not sure why Amazon.com didn't write it on the track listing.) If you already own the American pressing, go ahead and buy this one anyway. I did, and I do not regret it. If you're afraid that your parents will find the cover just turn it inside out and have Julian's darling face showing."
Close, but no cigar
firstname.lastname@example.org | 02/01/2002
(3 out of 5 stars)
"This CD is good, but not as good as the media would lead you to believe. There is nothing new here, especially those familiar with the late 70's. In a time when manufacturered souless bands are all the rage this CD does stand out, but just isn't a classic."