"Last Nite" offers Stooges-like swagger with a distinct New York swing, while the title track and "The Modern Age" are core samples of Lou and the Velvets' best moments, compressed into two-and-a-half and three-minute nuggets of rock wonder and purity. The remainder of Is This It? teeters madly between its influences and its influence, making wild rock and roll history without contrivance or calculation. Everything about the Strokes is new -- the band has barely been together a year, and none of the members are older than 22. Even as they touch eras of New York rock that predate their births by a decade, they show an uncanny ability to transcend that which has come before, as they add their own names to an impressive roster. Unfortunately, "NYC Cops," one of the best tracks, was deleted at the last minute in the wake of the attacks on the World Trade Center.
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