It’s time to roll out the welcome mats: The Strokes are back. After a five-year hiatus, the leather-clad collective returns with “Angles.”
The band’s fourth studio effort samples from previous LPs but caters to the traditional Strokesian palette of snappy guitar riffs, raw vocals and moving bass lines.
Front man Julian Casablancas’ ’80s electropop influences sneak their way into songs like “Games,” which sports a breakneck bass line against a synth background.
The album’s production yields an eclectic smattering of musical variations while the group embellishes established motifs with twists and accentuations.
“Two Kinds of Happiness” is so unabashedly new wave that listeners may think it’s a cover rather than a Strokes original. It settles into a comfortable groove with a standout bass line, heavy drum hits and flourishing guitar riffs.
With the release of “Angles,” The Strokes show the world they haven’t lost their style, and the prodigal sons have returned.
3.5 out of 4 stars