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 +1Posted on Jul 27th, 2011 | re: Stereogum Presents... STROKED: A Tribute To Is This It (186 comments)

I made the mistake of reading the liner notes whilst downloading, and perhaps that’s why I just wasn’t feeling any of the songs once I listened to them. This knowledge that half of these artists had never really listened to The Strokes just ruined it for me. I don’t believe you can effectively cover a song if you’ve never heard it before or if there’s no emotional connection to it. I’m sure there are dozens of bands who owe their entire existence to The Strokes and to Is This It — were they all just too busy to contribute?

I admit I have no clue how the artists are chosen for these cover albums, and I imagine that a lot goes into the production of these things and for that I am grateful, but this one just missed the mark. It did make me dig out my old copy of Is This It, though, so I think it served it nostalgic purpose.