The witnesses reggae lapwing on album opener 'Machu Picchu' on. The flow and Casablancas' vocals are affectionate and in many ways not right Strokes-esque. But the unrivaled melodiøre is intact and it has, as usual, both instrumental and singing modes, which remains the band's greatest force. It is strongest forward on the first single "Under Cover of Darkness', sunshine track 'Gratisfaction' and the edgy 'Taken For a Fool' where superior guitars nestle around insistent drums and a funky bass line.
But New Yorkers also have other soundscapes to succeed in. For example, a dreamy touch of 'Games' and then 'Call Me Back' a detained peak, at the same time appear dull and beautiful as only Julian Casablancas can get it to. 'Metabolism' possesses rather an aggressive intensity testify that The Strokes have created their most diverse album to date.
'Angles' is far from a new 'Is This It' - there are too many new antics - but even if some of the raw, classic Strokes sound has disappeared in favor of a more synthetic expression, integrity intact. 'Angles' is a joyous proof that The Strokes have not lost the ability to deliver catchy tunes in a row. Let there please do not go five years before the next release.