By Norain F.
If you’re anything like me, you’d always associate Julian Casablancas with The Strokes, no matter the circumstances. Regarded as the saviour of rock n’ roll, The Strokes took advantage of grunge’s inevitable death, releasing critically-acclaimed albums like Is This It and Room On Fire, cementing their place in the history of rock n’ roll. So when Tyranny, the enigmatic debut album of The Voidz made its appearance in the music scene four years ago, fans were equally perplexed as they were fascinated.
Four years later, 2018 saw the emergence of The Voidz once again with the release of Virtue, their second studio album. Casablancas promised an “eclectic record” and Virtue definitely ticks all the boxes in my opinion. Although Virtue is still somewhat equally as intricate as Tyranny, it is definitely a much easier listen when the two are compared. Leave It In My Dreams, one of the album’s single, sounds like it should belong in an album somewhere in between Room On Fire and First Impressions of Earth. If you’re a Strokes fan, this track will definitely sound familiar to you. QYURRYUS on the other hand, undoubtedly sounds a little more eccentric, a total opposite of Leave It In My Dreams. In fact, I feel like it should belong in an entirely different record, considering how insanely off putting it sounds like at the first listen. But as you dive deeper into the song, you’ll find yourself slowly adjusting to the eccentricity. Lazy Boy is another one of those tracks that will have you reminiscing the good old days of Angles. For the first time in forever, Casablancas’ voice is finally no longer incomprehensible, which is something that I feel like he should have done more of.
All in all, as peculiar as it is, Virtue is still a relatively amazing record, if you’re open to changes. I mean, it’s an experimental rock band after all, so it’s not supposed to sound like a conventional rock record. The route that they’re taking is undoubtedly different but change is always welcomed in the music industry, as long as you do it right. I think they did it pretty well this time around.
If you want to listen to the rest of the album, check it out on Spotify: