Should I Listen?

Julian Casablancas: Phrazes For The Young

Isaac Lekach :: Friday, November 6th, 2009 9:30 am

Phrazes For The Young, Julian Casablancas’s solo record, came out this past Tuesday. If you haven’t heard it yet, it is streaming on Myspace, where his version of  “I Wish It Was Christmas Today” (the SNL holiday song) is also posted. There’s obviously been a fair amount of hype surrounding this release. Is it better than the Strokes? Albert Hammond Jr.’s records? Little Joy? Nickle-Eye? FUCK. Them’s are a lot of questions. Personally, Little Joy’s record (Strokes’ drummer Fab Moretti’s project, for those not in the know) is my favorite Strokes-related offering. But Julian’s record isn’t bad at all. It’s been criticized for its slick production courtesy of Jason Lader (Maroon 5, Rilo Kiley). Still, single “11th Dimension,” despite being too long, is quite a jam. “Glass” is another fav. Yes, Phrazes is certainly fit to tide us over until the next Strokes record comes. If it ever does. Should I listen? YES.