How is it that even in death Ric Oh-KASS-eck’s favorite Stroke looks better than we ever could in a skinny suit? Here’s the first vid from Albert Hammond, Jr.’s coming out record Yours To Keep. Ways in which it resembles “The Scientist”: a car crash, followed by scenes as a pensive pedestrian. Ways in which it differs: Albert’s a Stroke zombie!

Have you spent some time with Yours To Keep? What’s the good word? We missed his set at Mercury Lounge during CMJ (thanks to sassy cig smoking door crashers), but we’ve managed to spin the record here and there. Who knew that ’fro could sing so well! And the tunes are decent. But let’s be honest: Strokes much? (Not that there’s anything wrong with that.)

We know, it’s not every song; tunes like “Blue Skies” and “Scared” are lovely departures. But it just goes to show: You can take the guitarist out of The Strokes, but ya can’t take The Strokes out of the guitarist! (Sorry, we’ve been dying to write that since sentence one.)

Comments (13)
  1. tom  |   Posted on Nov 14th, 2006 0

    The new album is fantastic. I saw him at merc and at maxwell’s last weekend and it is obvious how much fun he’s having playing these tunes. Also included a GBV cover in both sets.

  2. pete  |   Posted on Nov 14th, 2006 0

    you’ve got a typo in your ever-so-important sentence…you forgot the “take” in the first half. :)

    …or did you?!

  3. much better your way, pete ;) thanks!

  4. it is just nice to see him expressing himself through his own material…even if it is a bit strokes’eske. he is excellent live, so i would highly recommend checking out his show when it comes to hammerstein. and the album is enjoyable as well!!!! yeah albie!

  5. omg  |   Posted on Nov 14th, 2006 0

    The new album rules!! out

  6. cdiddles  |   Posted on Nov 14th, 2006 0

    Is his album avail. in the US yet?

  7. cdiddles  |   Posted on Nov 14th, 2006 0

    Is his album avail. in the US yet?

  8. Stephen  |   Posted on Nov 14th, 2006 0

    A lot of the songs are more enjoyable than most anything on First Impressions of Earth…although Albert’s songs would be better if Julian was singing on them. I’d like to hear some of these type of songs on a Strokes record…something that sounds different, yet still unabashedly Strokes-y.

  9. cat  |   Posted on Nov 14th, 2006 0

    Albert’s new stuff is all his own, sans Valensi. Albert never gets to shine when he’s with the Strokes because he is “rhythm” guitar. I love the new album, I hope it goes big.

  10. marie  |   Posted on Nov 15th, 2006 0

    cat, Albert’s solos include last nite, take it or leave it, new york city cops, ize of the world, vision of division …he’s hardly overshadowed by Nick.

  11. marie  |   Posted on Nov 15th, 2006 0

    scratch that, nick does nyc cops. still, i don’t think either guitarist is really considered lead, though nick is better.

  12. not horrible, but kind of boring. very paint-by-numbers.

  13. Labios Frios  |   Posted on Dec 19th, 2006 0

    Is this It?

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