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'First Impressions of Earth' from the Strokes

First Impressions of Earth is The Strokes' third album. When the band released its debut in 2001, they were hailed as the group that would re-establish New York City as the center of post-punk rock: fast, loud, and flashy.

But after selling over 2 million copies of that debut, their follow-up, 2003's Room on Fire, sold only half as much. Rock critic Ken Tucker says the Strokes' new album offers some self-criticism and some frantic career adjustment in the midst of the music. The Strokes begin a 17-city tour on March 3.

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Ken Tucker reviews rock, country, hip-hop and pop music for Fresh Air. He is a cultural critic who has been the editor-at-large at Entertainment Weekly, and a film critic for New York Magazine. His work has won two National Magazine Awards and two ASCAP-Deems Taylor Awards. He has written book reviews for The New York Times Book Review and other publications.