Phrazes for the Young

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Phrazes for the Young
Studio album by Julian Casablancas
Released November 3, 2009
Recorded ARC Studios, Omaha, NE
F-Hole Studios, New York City, NY
Heart Shaped Studios, Los Angeles, CA
Genre Alternative rock, electronic, new wave, synthpop
Length 40:08
Label Rough Trade (UK)
Cult Records via RCA (US & Europe)
Producer Jason Lader, Mike Mogis
Julian Casablancas chronology
Phrazes for the Young
Singles from Phrazes for the Young
  1. "11th Dimension"
    Released: October 2, 2009
  2. "I Wish It Was Christmas Today"
    Released: December 21, 2009
  3. "Out of the Blue"
    Released: January 25, 2010
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
The Guardian 3/5 stars[2]
musicOMH 4/5 stars[3]
NME (8/10)[4]
NOW Magazine 4/5 stars[5]
PopMatters (8/10)[6]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[7]
Spin 4/5 stars[8]
The Times 4/5 stars[9]
Uncut 4/5 stars[10]

Phrazes for the Young is the debut solo album by American songwriter Julian Casablancas, released on November 2, 2009 in the UK and November 3 in the US. Casablancas, who is best known for being the front man of New York rock band The Strokes, recorded the eight-song album in 2009 in New York, Los Angeles, and Nebraska. Jason Lader served as producer, and Bright Eyes/Monsters of Folk musician Mike Mogis contributed additional production.[11] The album title is a reference to Oscar Wilde's "Phrases and Philosophies for the Use of the Young".[12] Casablancas' dog, Balki, is pictured on the album sleeve.[13]

The album was previewed in its entirety on August 31, 2009 at the Duo Music Exchange in Tokyo, Japan.[14] To celebrate the release, Casablancas played a special series of shows every Friday night in November in Los Angeles.[citation needed] The first track released from the album, "11th Dimension", had its first airing on the Radio 1 Zane Lowe Show on September 17, and was marked as Zane Lowe's Hottest Record. The single was released on October 2, 2009 in the US.[15]

Casablancas performed "I Wish It Was Christmas Today" (based on a Saturday Night Live skit) on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon on December 21, 2009. "Left & Right in the Dark", "Out of the Blue", "Ludlow St" and "11th Dimension" are featured in the Gossip Girl episode "The Lady Vanished". "Out of the Blue" is featured in the trailer of The Kids Are All Right.

Box set[edit]

A deluxe box set including B-sides and home recordings was made available after the album's release. It comes with a vinyl recording of the album and is housed within an antique style box.


The album debuted at #35 on the US Billboard 200 (#11 on the digital albums chart) and #19 on the UK Albums Chart.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Julian Casablancas, except where noted. 

No. Title Length
1. "Out of the Blue"   4:43
2. "Left & Right in the Dark"   4:58
3. "11th Dimension"   4:05
4. "4 Chords of the Apocalypse" (chorus chord progression by Casablancas, Fabrizio Moretti, Nick Valensi) 5:02
5. "Ludlow St."   5:45
6. "River of Brakelights"   5:13
7. "Glass"   5:20
8. "Tourist" (chorus melody by Casablancas, JP Bowersock) 5:02
Total length:


Chart positions[edit]

Chart (2009) Peak
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[16] 96
French Albums (SNEP)[17] 49
Mexican Albums (Top 100 Mexico)[18] 56
New Zealand Albums (Recorded Music NZ)[19] 34
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[20] 49
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[21] 64
UK Albums (Official Charts Company) 19
US Billboard 200 35


  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ The Guardian review
  3. ^ Burgess, Andrew. "Julian Casablancas - Phrazes For The Young (Rough Trade) UK release date: November 2, 2009". musicOMH. Retrieved 2009-11-10. 
  4. ^ NME review
  5. ^ NOW Magazine review
  6. ^ PopMatters review
  7. ^ Rolling Stone review
  8. ^ Spin review
  9. ^ The Times review
  10. ^ Uncut review
  11. ^ [1][dead link]
  12. ^ "Phrases And Philosophies - Oscar Wilde". Retrieved 2012-03-05. 
  13. ^ 11th Dimension Songfacts
  14. ^ "julian casablancas". julian casablancas. Retrieved 2012-03-05. 
  15. ^ product page for "11th Dimension"
  16. ^ "Julian Casablancas – Phrazes For The Young" (in French). Hung Medien. Retrieved November 29, 2013.
  17. ^ "Julian Casablancas – Phrazes For The Young". Hung Medien. Retrieved November 29, 2013.
  18. ^ "Julian Casablancas – Phrazes For The Young". Hung Medien. Retrieved November 29, 2013.
  19. ^ "Julian Casablancas – Phrazes For The Young". Hung Medien. Retrieved November 29, 2013.
  20. ^ "Julian Casablancas – Phrazes For The Young". Hung Medien. Retrieved November 29, 2013.
  21. ^ "Julian Casablancas – Phrazes For The Young". Hung Medien. Retrieved November 29, 2013.