Rank the Tracks: Strokes Is this It?

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Rank the Tracks: Strokes Is this It?

Postby whuntva » Wed Jan 21, 2015 6:11 pm

Is anyone still interested in this?

"The basic idea is to rank the tracks off the album each week to see how each track compares to each other. It's an excuse to go back to classic albums and a way to gauge the best and worst tracks of the most acclaimed albums. Simply rank all the tracks from your favorite to your least.

I plan to go in cycles of decades with the 1950s and 2010s once every other cycle. I will go with the top album of each respective decade, but I might skip questionable albums (I doubt anyone wants to rank the tracks of 69 Love Songs, no matter how great the album is). Next week will be The Strokes' Is This It.

However, since I am not able to tally the score of past albums, you should not rank any previous albums."

Here is Is this It?. Next in the sequence should be Channel Orange.

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Track Listing:

1. "Is This It"
2. "The Modern Age"
3. "Soma"
4. "Barely Legal"
5. "Someday"
6. "Alone, Together"
7. "Last Nite"
8. "Hard to Explain"
9. "New York City Cops"
10. "Trying Your Luck"
11. "Take It or Leave It"

And if anybody asks, here's who won Blue Lines

Unfinished Sympathy (2)
Safe from Harm (2.4)
Be Thankful for What You've Got (4.8) *tie*
Hymn of the Big Wheel (4.8) *tie*
Daydreaming (5.2)
One Love (5.2)
Blue Lines (5.8)
Five Man Army (6.4)
Lately (8.4)
" Ah, yes! Our meager restitution"

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Re: Rank the Tracks: Strokes Is this It?

Postby Listyguy » Wed Jan 21, 2015 6:40 pm

1- Last Nite (I know, original)
2- Take It Or Leave It (Excellent closer, highly underrated)
3- New York City Cops
4- Someday
5- Barely Legal
6- Trying Your Luck
7- Soma
8- Alone, Together
9- Hard To Explain
10- The Modern Age
11- Is This It

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Re: Rank the Tracks: Strokes Is this It?

Postby Nick » Wed Jan 21, 2015 6:46 pm

What about "When It Started"? I know it's only on the American version of the album, but I feel it deserves a mention as well.

1. Hard to Explain
2. Last Nite
3. Someday
4. Barely Legal
5. The Modern Age
6. Is This It
7. Take It Or Leave It
8. Trying Your Luck
9. When It Started
10. New York City Cops
11. Soma
12. Alone, Together

Incredible album, in my top ten of all time for sure.

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Re: Rank the Tracks: Strokes Is this It?

Postby whuntva » Wed Jan 21, 2015 7:01 pm

As my #35 album, there are no "bad" songs. Just less good ones.

Last Nite (also my #165 song)
Someday
Is This It?
Hard to Explain
When it Started
Soma
New York City Cops
Barely Legal
Take it or Leave It
Alone, Together
The Modern Age
Trying your Luck

OK. "When it Started" will count, but is optional.
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Re: Rank the Tracks: Strokes Is this It?

Postby ordinaryperson » Wed Jan 21, 2015 10:34 pm

1. Is This It
2. New York City Cops
3. Last Nite
4. When It Started
5. Soma
6. Alone, Together
7. Hard To Explain
8. The Modern Age
9. Trying Your Luck
10. Barely Legal
11. Someday
12. Take It Or Leave It
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Re: Rank the Tracks: Strokes Is this It?

Postby Henry » Thu Jan 22, 2015 12:06 am

2. "The Modern Age"
5. "Someday"
8. "Hard to Explain"
When It Started
7. "Last Nite"
1. "Is This It"
4. "Barely Legal"
10. "Trying Your Luck"
6. "Alone, Together"
3. "Soma"
9. "New York City Cops"
11. "Take It or Leave It"

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Re: Rank the Tracks: Strokes Is this It?

Postby luvulongTIM » Thu Jan 22, 2015 12:29 am

1. Hard to Explain
2. Barely Legal
3. Take it or Leave It
4. The Modern Age
5. New York City Cops
6. Is This It?
7. Last Night
8. Someday
9. Soma
10. When It Started
11. Alone, Together
12. Trying Your Luck
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Re: Rank the Tracks: Strokes Is this It?

Postby notbrianeno » Thu Jan 22, 2015 3:47 am

1. "Is This It"
9. "New York City Cops"
7. "Last Nite"
2. "The Modern Age"
10. "Trying Your Luck"
3. "Soma"
11. "Take It or Leave It"
6. "Alone, Together"
8. "Hard to Explain"
4. "Barely Legal"
5. "Someday"
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Re: Rank the Tracks: Strokes Is this It?

Postby Honorio » Thu Jan 22, 2015 6:48 pm

7. Last Nite
9. New York City Cops
10. Trying Your Luck
5. Someday
8. Hard to Explain
1. Is This It
6. Alone, Together
2. The Modern Age
3. Soma
11. Take It or Leave It
4. Barely Legal

Sorry for not voting for "When It Started," I listened to it today for the first time and I would hate to put it last on my list only because of my lack of familiarity.
I suppose that I'm not the only one looking forward to BleuPanda returning to host this interesting game. BleuPanda, if you need some help with the recount I could do it. Send me your mail-address (to hbarranco@telefonica.net) and I'll send you the Excel file with the results for "Thriller." whuntva counted already the votes for "Blue Lines". I know you're busy right now but you'll only need to copy and paste the results on the Rank the Tracks main thread.
By the way, the participation on the "Blue Lines" thread was disappointingly low, only 5 voters while 22 people voted on the "Thriller" thread. I suppose whuntva won't mind if someone want to vote for "Blue Lines" in this thread too.

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Re: Rank the Tracks: Strokes Is this It?

Postby Nassim » Thu Jan 22, 2015 9:26 pm

That's a very even album so ranking is not easy.

7. "Last Nite"
8. "Hard to Explain"
9. "New York City Cops"
2. "The Modern Age"
1. "Is This It"
5. "Someday"
11. "Take It or Leave It"
3. "Soma" (the last 30 seconds are one of the very best moment of the album though)
4. "Barely Legal"
6. "Alone, Together"
10. "Trying Your Luck"

Blue Lines (3 greats songs... and the rest)

6. Unfinished Sympathy
9. Hymn of the Big Wheel
1. Safe From Harm
4. Be Thankful For What You've Got
8. Lately
5. Five Man Army
3. Blue Lines
2. One Love
7. Daydreaming

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Re: Rank the Tracks: Strokes Is this It?

Postby Jeff » Fri Jan 23, 2015 9:27 pm

An album that I always enjoy more than I remember. As others have said, it's very consistent throughout, although the top two standout to me.

1 - "The Modern Age"
2 - "Hard to Explain"
3 - "New York City Cops"
4 - "Trying Your Luck"
5 - "Is This It"
6 - "Last Nite"
7 - "Barely Legal"
8 - "Alone, Together"
9 - "Take It or Leave It"
10 - "When It Started"
11 - "Soma"
12 - "Someday"

While I think that "NYC Cops" is a better song than "When It Started," it sounds badly out of place on the album and prefer the US CD version (it's still on the vinyl) where it is excluded in favor of "When It Started." A bit too aggressive sounding compared to the others, I suppose.

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Re: Rank the Tracks: Strokes Is this It?

Postby Maschine_Man » Sat Jan 24, 2015 12:29 pm

I have never got the love for this album.

1. Last Nite
2. Is This It
3. New York City Cops
4. The Modern Age
5. Soma
6. Barely Legal
7. When It Started
8. Trying Your Luck
9. Someday
10. Take It Or Leave It
11. Hard to Explain
12. Alone, Together

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Re: Rank the Tracks: Strokes Is this It?

Postby Romain » Sun Jan 15, 2017 7:51 pm

One of the album I listen the most last decade...and still an album I adore.

Excellent:
7. "Last Nite"
1. "Is This It"
5. "Someday"
8. "Hard to Explain"
6. "Alone, Together"

Very good:
3. "Soma"
9. "New York City Cops"

Good:
10. "Trying Your Luck"
2. "The Modern Age"
4. "Barely Legal"
11. "Take It or Leave It"

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Re: Rank the Tracks: Strokes Is this It?

Postby prosecutorgodot » Mon Jan 16, 2017 1:50 am

Catchy, poppy, danceable record. It's all about the grooves~~ *cowabunga dude*
I can see how someone could say all these songs sound the same, though. But for me, I hear quality throughout the record (save for maybe "Trying Your Luck"), and that's what counts (even if it's a constant level of quality)

5. Someday
2. The Modern Age
1. Is This It
7. Last Nite
8. Hard to Explain
6. Alone, Together
9. New York City Cops
4. Barely Legal
3. Soma
11. Take It or Leave It
10. Trying Your Luck

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Re: Rank the Tracks: Strokes Is this It?

Postby jamieW » Thu Feb 23, 2017 2:15 am

10. Trying Your Luck*
6. Alone,Together*
8. Hard to Explain*
7. Last Nite*
5. Someday
2. The Modern Age
3. Soma
4. Barely Legal
When It Started (if we're counting it)
9. New York City Cops
1. Is This It
11. Take It or Leave It

Personal favorites *
Overall album rating: 7.91

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Re: Rank the Tracks: Strokes Is this It?

Postby andyd1010 » Fri Mar 03, 2017 12:29 am

1 | Last Nite
2 | Someday
3 | Hard to Explain
4 | The Modern Age
5 | Alone, Together
6 | Soma
7 | Barely Legal
8 | Is This It
9 | New York City Cops
10 | Trying Your Luck
11 | Take It or Leave It

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Re: Rank the Tracks: Strokes Is this It?

Postby krendler » Sat May 20, 2017 3:45 pm

01 | Is This It
02 | The Modern Age
08 | Hard to Explain
05 | Someday
07 | Last Nite
04 | Barely Legal
09 | New York City Cops
When It Started
06 | Alone, Together
11 | Take It or Leave It
03 | Soma
10 | Trying Your Luck

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Re: Rank the Tracks: Strokes Is this It?

Postby essieyessie » Sat Jun 03, 2017 3:20 pm

1. Hard To Explain
2. The Modern Age
3. Someday
4. Barely Legal
5. Last Night
6. Is This It
7. New York City Cops
8. Soma
9. Take it or Leave It
10. Alone, Together
11. Trying Your Luck

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Re: Rank the Tracks: Strokes Is this It?

Postby Honorio » Sat Jun 03, 2017 4:17 pm

Welcome to the forum, essieyessie! It's fantastic to see that Rank the Tracks continues to be the point of entry for many new users...

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Re: Rank the Tracks: Strokes Is this It?

Postby maverick470 » Thu Jun 08, 2017 4:12 pm

7. "Last Nite"
2. "The Modern Age"
8. "Hard to Explain"
1. "Is This It"
11. "Take It or Leave It
5. "Someday"
9. "New York City Cops"
3. "Soma"
4. "Barely Legal"
10. "Trying Your Luck"
6. "Alone, Together"

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Re: Rank the Tracks: Strokes Is this It?

Postby Moonbeam » Sun May 13, 2018 10:48 am

6. "Alone, Together"
10. "Trying Your Luck"
7. "Last Nite"
11. "Take It or Leave It"
3. "Soma"
8. "Hard to Explain"
1. "Is This It"
4. "Barely Legal"
2. "The Modern Age"
5. "Someday"
9. "New York City Cops"

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Re: Rank the Tracks: Strokes Is this It?

Postby bonnielaurel » Thu Jul 12, 2018 7:59 pm

7. "Last Nite"
1. "Is This It"
10. "Trying Your Luck"
4. "Barely Legal"
11. "Take It or Leave It"
8. "Hard to Explain"
2. "The Modern Age"
5. "Someday"
3. "Soma"
6. "Alone, Together"
9. "New York City Cops"
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Re: Rank the Tracks: Strokes Is this It?

Postby bootsy » Sun Nov 11, 2018 9:57 pm

1. "Is This It"
8. "Hard to Explain"
7. "Last Nite"
2. "The Modern Age"
4. "Barely Legal"
9. "New York City Cops"
3. "Soma"
11. "Take It or Leave It"
10. "Trying Your Luck"
5. "Someday"
6. "Alone, Together"


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