it’s been quite a wait since 2006’s ‘first impressions of earth’, but the strokes are finally back in town with a new record. by all accounts the band struggled to complete the record, what with clashes with producers & each other. however none of this tension is apparent upon listening to ‘angles’ – in fact, the band sound completely at ease, with songs that brim with hooks, crisscross guitars, tightly wound rhythms & julian casablancas' dry trademark croon. there are songs here that play up to their strengths – ‘under cover of darkness’ & ‘taken for a fool’ are both rich in their trademark guitar jangle – however they really fly when they add fresh colour to their palette, as on the blondie-esque rush of ‘two kinds of happiness’ & ‘machu picchu’s jaunty high-life. “a terrific record” - uncut, “they can still make great music” – nme, “’angles’ isn’t just the equal of the band’s lightning-in-a-bottle debut of 2001, ‘is this it’, it might be better” – bbc.