Julian Casablancas

21 09 2009

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By now, you may have heard that Strokes frontman Julian Casablancas is releasing a solo album called Phrazes for the Young (the title of which comes from Oscar Wilde’s “Phrases and Philosophies for the Use of the Young,” a truly witty article first published in the 1894 December and only issue of the Oxford student magazine The Chameleon (this article is delightful and makes me think Andy Warhol definitely took some cues from Wilde in his public quotables as well as in his wonderful The Philosophy of Andy Warhol)). Anyway, it is an appropriate reference, as Casablancas, in lead single “11th Dimension,” now streaming on MySpace, builds on the lyrical philosophy of the Strokes’ last album, First Impressions of Earth, dispensing numerous lived truths and observations (one suspects) throughout the song, such as “Your faith has got to be greater than your fear”; “Forgive them, even if they are not sorry”; “We’re so quick to point out our own flaws in others”; all of which sound cliched on paper but which work swimmingly in the context of the buoyantly optimistic, keyboard-led sunfest of a pop song that is “11th Dimension.” If the single is any indication, this promises to be a musically and lyrically worthwhile album from Julian, and more than a little fun to listen to. It’s sober, married, wiser Jules!

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