First Impressions of Earth

RCA Records Label
Release date
3 Jan 2006
Running length
14 tracks
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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 You Only Live Once 3:09 797,621
2 Juicebox 3:14 592,258
3 Heart In a Cage 3:26 535,218
4 Razorblade 3:28 410,479
5 On the Other Side 4:36 374,147
6 Vision of Division 4:19 355,704
7 Ask Me Anything 3:10 355,222
8 Electricityscape 3:33 345,397
9 Killing Lies 3:48 321,958
10 Fear of Sleep 4:00 317,095
11 15 Minutes 4:33 289,953
12 Ize of the World 4:25 311,499
13 Evening Sun 3:06 296,601
14 Red Light 3:11 307,767

About this album

Their third album, First Impressions of Earth, was released in January 2006 to mixed reviews and debuted at number four in the US and number one in the UK, a first for the band. In Japan it went gold within the first week of release. It was also the most downloaded album for two weeks on iTunes. Fraiture claimed that the album was “like a scientific breakthrough”. In January 2006, the band then made their second appearance on Saturday Night Live playing “Juicebox” and “You Only Live Once”.

The album was somewhat a departure from the band’s two previous albums. One reason for this was a switch of producers from Gordon Raphael to David Kahne. Despite its initial strong sales, First Impressions of Earth received the worst reception, both commercially and critically, of all their three albums.
In 2006, the band played 18 sold-out shows during their UK tour. In February 2006, The Strokes won “Best International Band” at the NME Awards. In March, the band returned to the US with their longest tour yet. The second single off First Impressions of Earth, “Heart in a Cage”, was released in March 2006.

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  • Juliossauro

    I find this album so ridiculously better than eveything else they ever did.. The others are great, but this one is a different level. Absolutely perfect, no fillers, every song is a masterpiece.

    21 Sep 4:53pm Reply
  • prttyvisitors

    this album is 2 good to ignore

    8 Sep 12:35am Reply
  • heyman010

    underrated as fuck

    12 Aug 3:41am Reply
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    23 Jul 1:28pm Reply
  • hairspray44

    Lyrically, their best album.

    8 Jul 5:03am Reply
  • grrrarrgh

    I am a huge fan of each and every Strokes album. I do not know which is the best or which is the worst, but this is unquestionably the most underrated.

    19 May 7:37pm Reply
  • kjais

    Man, I don't know how to feel about this one. There are perfect tracks (Juicebox, You Only Live Once), good tracks (Heart in a Cage, Razorblade), OK tracks (On The Other Side, Red Light) and tracks I don't like (Fear of Sleep, Ask Me Anything). Anyway, I still think it's better than Angles

    31 Jan 5:18am Reply
  • Sutinen

    One more time! A perfect album.

    16 Jan 7:21pm Reply
  • felipetambs

    8 fucking years.

    7 Jan 12:47am Reply
  • fuckinghuntley

    m a s t e r p i e c e

    6 Dec 2013 Reply
  • Solanel

    I never got into this album. The only one I don't like so much off their discography

    7 Nov 2013 Reply
  • franbielle

    fav album <3

    22 Sep 2013 Reply
  • andrey_ka

    another gem )

    29 Aug 2013 Reply
  • Bixbycanyon

    The "Heavy" Production on this album ruins so many tracks... Could have been a really great album. Still like most of it, but damn

    17 Aug 2013 Reply
  • evanpost_

    Melhor álbum dos Strokes. Não tem uma música que eu não ache incrível. Amo amo.

    13 Jul 2013 Reply
  • Swinging_Biche

    Fav album, I know I'm supposed to say Is this it is the best but I just largely prefer this one

    25 May 2013 Reply
  • Junior_Lins

    Strokes' last perfect album. [4]

    8 May 2013 Reply
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    6 May 2013 Reply
  • c0rdell

    if you dont like this album you can suck my dick. i dont understand all the hate

    2 Apr 2013 Reply
  • p-each

    Strokes' last perfect album. [3]

    30 Mar 2013 Reply
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