The Strokes - Juicebox
It seems Julian and the boys took the dismissal of Room On Fire as a safe retread of their universally acclaimed debut to heart, because noone could level the charge that this is just more of the same - it sounds like nothing else they've put to record. An aggressive, muscular riff jumpstarts proceedings, the blistering drums propel the pace even further and the normally languid vocal stylings of Mr Casablancas have been replaced by a raging whirlwind of embittered hurt. Indeed, the whole track is infused with a startlingly urgency - you'd almost swear they were playing for their very lives.
Strangely reminiscent of Brighton goth rock madmen The 80s Matchbox B-Line Disaster crossed with a 60s superhero theme tune, Juicebox is a full throttle three minute rock and roll juggernaut that steams towards its end, letting up only to morph inexplicably into When It Started at around the minute mark, before reverting to type and storming ferociously towards the finish line. An absolute triumph.