RED Hearts are guests posts on I Heart Daily from the authors of RED: Teenage Girls in America Write On What Fires Up Their Lives Today. Today's RED Hearts post is from Alison Smith, 19, reporting from Brooklyn, NY, who comments on NME's Album Of The Decade:
So the first ten years of the 2000s are coming to an end, and UK music magazine NME has voted the Strokes’ Is This It the Album of the Decade. Eight years after its release pulled the music world out of a Nu-Metal funk, the 11-song album still holds some serious influence. The distorted restrained vocals, chugging bass, and layered guitars -- drawing upon Blondie to Nirvana to the Velvet Underground -- have also no doubt opened innumerable doors for the Kings of Leons and Arctic Monkeys of today.
I was just eleven when Is This It came out in 2001, and paid little attention to the band who were quickly becoming the musical heroes of New York City. But finally, for my fourteenth birthday, my friend gave me Is This It as well as 2003’s Room On Fire. That night in my bedroom, indifference gave way to obsession.
I couldn’t agree more with NME’s number-one pick, or their description of the band's first full-length release as containing “a sense of life, vitality and spontaneity that [seemed] gone from rock n’ roll forever." Is This It should be a staple of any modern rock fan's collection. Rediscover it and check out NME's other 99 albums of the decade here.
RED Hearts guest poster Alison Smith is an author of RED: Teenage Girls in America Write On What Fires Up Their Lives Today, which is now out in paperback.