On their new album, the Strokes pay homage to '70s rock as per norm, but there's also another noticeable influence at play. That would be '80s pop, specifically the sort of New Wave fluff made popular by bands with big hair, cheesy hooks and tons of keyboards. As a result, Comedown Machine is one of the group's loosest and most stylistically diverse. And because it's the Strokes, it's also unfailingly catchy.
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