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Our critics' picks in new releases

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Is this it? As the questioning title of their first album implied, The Strokes continue to produce music that seems so simple; one wonders why it's so compelling. Even lead vocalist Julian Casablancas starts off the group's new release by singing, "I want to be forgotten." But all that happens is that you get his razor-bladed, scruffy cries lodged in your head, pounded in there for good by the band's insistent, CBGB's-circa-1977 bass-drums-guitar riffs.

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