Is This It is the debut studio album by American indie rock band The
Strokes. Recorded at Transporterraum in New York City with producer
Gordon Raphael, the album was first released on July 30, 2001, in
Australia, with RCA Records as the primary label. The record entered
the UK Albums Chart at number two and peaked at number 33 on the U.S.
Billboard 200, going on to achieve platinum status in several markets.
"Hard to Explain", "Last Nite", and "Someday" were released
For the album, The Strokes strived to capture a simple rock sound that
was not significantly enhanced in the studio. Band members molded
compositions largely through live takes during the recording sessions,
while lyricist Julian Casablancas continued to detail the lives and
relationships of urban youth. Following the completion of Is This It,
The Strokes embarked on a promotional world tour before its release.
The album's cover photograph courted controversy for being too sexually
explicit and was replaced for the U.S. market. The American track
listing was also amended in light of the September 11 terrorist
attacks. The record is considered crucial in the development of other
alternative bands and of the post-millennial music industry. It has
featured in several publications' lists of the best albums of the 2000s
and of all time.
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