New York-based band The Strokes released one of the decade’s most acclaimed albums 10 years ago and failed to live up to it since — until now.
The Strokes virtually defined an infant decade’s emerging sound when they released Is This It in 2001. Songs like “Last Nite” and “Someday” were the template for other melodic, garage rock bands hoping to receive the same level of universal critical praise and commercial success as the Strokes. End-of-the-decade lists revealed people still hold the band’s debut in high regard. Critic-aggregating site acclaimedmusic.net ranked Is This It as the third most acclaimed album of the decade.