|I apologise now to fans of this album, because you're going to hate me by the end of this review...
The New Abnormal does a great job of recapturing the sound of Is This It?. Unfortunately, Is This It? has never been my favourite Strokes album (blasphemy, I know! Who let this cretin start a music blog?). While I appreciate the legacy of that album, it was later that I really got into The Strokes when they started becoming more upbeat and instrumentally diverse. In fact, I believe they peaked at Angles.
|Rick Rubin producing this album
A few synths are tossed in on tracks like ‘Brooklyn Bridge To Chorus’, which add some novelty. In fact, ‘At The Door’ is all synths. I originally dismissed this single for not containing enough guitars, but in the context of the album it helps provide some variety, plus it contains one of Julian’s best vocal performances on a Strokes record (aside from the Yung-Lean-style autotune towards the end).