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J. Cole - Lost Ones

Friday, April 1, 2011

Julian Casablancas - Phrazes For The Young

Last week, the Strokes dropped a new record, much to my delight. It was then when I learned the lead singer Julian Casablancas dropped a solo album back in 2009. Who knew?? He was born in New York in 1978. His father was a business icon and his mother was a former Danish model. He met his fellow Strokes members pretty much all while in schools - all over the world. One in New York and a couple others in Switzerland. This album is named after an Oscar Wilde book, "Phrases and Philosophies for the Use of the Young". On the cover of the cd, that is in fact Julian's own dog named Balki. Which if I am thinking correctly, was a character on the old show Perfect Strangers. He toured extensively around the world to promote this record, and it's seen fair success. I think his Strokes loyalists probably picked it up - but not a whole lot more. He's tried to make a name for himself by appearing in various SNL skits and performing on the show, as well as doing work for shows like Gossip Girl. I really like the sound of this album. It's not totally dissimilar to the Strokes music, but it's got a different kick to it. It's got a more synth, spacey feel to it, instead of that high energy rock. The pace is a little slowed down, which is more than okay. The album meshes many genres and styles together to make this very experimental album. Overall, I very much enjoyed listening to it this morning. It's a little pricey over at Best Buy, so I'm not sure that'll I'll pick it up, but it's going to get a rotation on Grooveshark the next couple of weeks.

1. Out of the Blue
2. Left & Right in the Dark
3. 11th Dimension
4. 4 Chords of the Apocalypse
5. Ludlow St.
6. River of Brakelights
7. Glass
8. Tourist

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Top 3 Tracks:
1. 11th Dimension
2. 4 Chords of the Apocalypse
3. Glass

4 out of 5 stars

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