02 April 2010
Julian Casablancas - March 30, 2010
Unfortunately there was much left to be desired.
I'm a huge Strokes fan and immediately appreciated the singer's foray into unknown territory with his new music. Casablancas debut solo album, "Phrazes for the Young", clocks in at only eight official tracks, and while they're long enough for each to be cut in two and have double the songs, it's blantantly obvious that it's pretty short for a full length debut.
Of course that's assuming the majority were like my stranger friend and me which hopefully was not the case. And this is not to say Mr. Casablancas was bad, in fact his voice sounded pretty great and he definitely puts on a good rock and roll show with his requisite black leather jacket and drink in his hand. The crowd and band were particularly on during the fantastic single "11th Dimension" which was the highlight of the night for me - and felt the most like he was fully succeeding alone.
River of Brakelights
Out of the Blue
Hard To Explain (The Strokes cover)
I'll Try Anything Once
Left & Right In the Dark
30 Minute Boyfriend
4 Chords of the Apocalypse
I Wish It Was Christmas Today