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An oasis for The Strokes after their very long crossing of the desert

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CRITICAL – With The New Abnormal, the New York group collects the pieces in a nostalgic and introspective disc exploring experimental sound territories.

The Strokes in concert in Berlin on February 14, 2020.
The Strokes in concert in Berlin on February 14, 2020. DPA / ABACA

In 2001, their disc Is this it drew the contours of the face of rock when it entered the 21st century. Since then, the five New Yorkers of The Strokes have refined the sketch using sharp guitar riffs, as melancholic as energetic, in pieces like Reptilia, The End Has No End or You Only Live Once.

The great story could have continued, if the Strokes’ lives had not been interspersed with addiction and dissension problems within the group. All of this, leading to an empty passage a decade later: the album Angles (2011) recorded without much conviction, then Comedown machine (2013) for which the Strokes refused to offer any promotion.

Each member then embarked on a parallel project like The Voidz – a new collective by singer Julian Casablancas – or in a solo career, like guitarist Albert Hammond Jr. and drummer Fabrizio Moretti.

“We forgot the 2010s or whatever it is called,

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