I guess if you go in with zero expectations, you're bound to be surprised. Julian Casablancas trades in the Strokes for the Voidz (a nod to Richard Hell?) on his latest record, Tyranny, which is less slaphappy garage-rock fun, and more Escape from New York dystopian noise. Most of it is pretty captivating, although maybe a little overwrought. But I like where Casablancas' head is at. With the Strokes having reached some sort of modern classic status among people of a certain age, it would have been easy to crank out another pop record. Instead, we get uneasy listening. And it'll be interesting to see how it translates live—it'd better make me feel like the world is ending. MARK LORE
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