Saturday, March 10, 2012

Song #150 of 9999 - Hard to Explain by The Strokes

Song #150 of 9999

Title: Hard to Explain
Artist: The Strokes
Year: 2001
Album: Is This It

I'm a little short on motivation this evening, but I'll give a quick writeup and let the song do the majority of the talking.
There was so much hype surrounding the arrival of The Strokes first record that it would have been nearly impossible for them to live up to it. But they did. And they do. This album is still awesome ten years later even as it seems to have been forgotten by practically everyone. This song is kind of unusual for its drum machine during the verses and highly occupied mid-range. I love how the bass player fights with the guitarists and singer for the space around 125Hz. Beyond that, the melodies are original and the chord progression unpredictable. I preferred the bouncy shuffle of "Last Nite" when the album was released in 2001 but now, I'm really digging this first single.

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