With Julian Casablancas' Phrazes for the Young now making its way around the Internet, its time to decide whether the wait was in vain or not. To no one's surprise the album is good. Casablancas brings an unmistakable swagger to the tracks that helped The Strokes cement their place in music history.
The opening track, "Out of the Blue" conjures memories of Strokes' pacing and tone, with added production, making it assuredly unique. As the album continues, it's apparent that the album title is appropriate, every track is rooted in a different style or mood. From the folk-inspired "Ludlow St." to the dance track "11th Dimension", Casablancas has covered all his bases.
Overall, it's a great listen and arrived in time to make it on best-of-2009 lists. Be sure to check out the limited edition box set or iTunes version when the album drops, Nov. 2, since the leaked version is of poor quality.
P.S. A performance of "11th Dimension" on Conan.