Comedown Machine

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Comedown Machine
The Strokes - Comedown Machine.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedMarch 26, 2013
RecordedJuly–November 2012
StudioElectric Lady Studios and One Way Studios, New York City
Length39:55
LabelRCA
ProducerGus Oberg
the Strokes chronology
Angles
(2011)
Comedown Machine
(2013)
Future Present Past
(2016)
Singles from Comedown Machine
  1. "One Way Trigger"
    Released: January 25, 2013
  2. "All the Time"
    Released: February 19, 2013

Comedown Machine is the fifth studio album by American rock band The Strokes, released on March 26, 2013 by RCA Records.[1] The band decided to pull a media blackout for the album, with no promotion in the form of television appearances, interviews, photoshoots, live shows, or tours. The cover artwork was designed to resemble an old RCA tape reel box.

Comedown Machine received mostly positive reviews from critics, and was placed at number 41 on the NME's list of the "50 Best Albums of 2013".[2]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic68/100[3]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4/5 stars[4]
The A.V. ClubB[5]
BBC Musicfavorable[6]
Billboard68%[7]
Consequence of Sound3.5/5 stars[8]
Entertainment WeeklyC-[9]
The Guardian3/5 stars[10]
The Independent3/5 stars[11]
NME8/10[12]
Pitchfork6.1/10[13]
PopMatters6/10 stars[14]
Rolling Stone3/5 stars[15]
Spin6/10 stars[16]

Critical[edit]

Media response to Comedown Machine was generally favorable; the aggregating website Metacritic reports a weighted average rating of 68%, based on 44 reviews.[3] "Whether you're in an Is This It vortex or not, this is The Strokes and they've returned with their most thought-provoking, strange and sexiest record yet," said Kieran Mayall of Clash magazine.[17] James Skinner of BBC Music added, "Although plenty of the group’s signature sounds are present and correct, they form the backdrop to an unexpectedly wide range of styles and approaches."[6] In contrast, Rob Sheffield of Rolling Stone questioned why the album was "an official Strokes album instead of another Casablancas solo album."[15]

Commercial[edit]

Without much promotional effort, Comedown Machine entered the UK Albums Chart at No. 10 and became the band's first album not to debut within the top three. The album did, however, give the band their fifth consecutive appearance in the top ten.[18] Likewise, it reached No.10 in the US with an entry sales week of 41,000 units, the band's weakest performance since Is This It in 2001.[19] As of 2014 it has sold 77,454 copies in US. [20]

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (2013) Peak
position
No. of weeks
on chart
Australian Albums Chart[21] 7 3
Austrian Albums Chart 21 2
Belgian Flanders Albums Chart 31 15
Belgian Wallonia Albums Chart[22] 49 8
Canadian Albums Chart[23] 17 1
Chinese Albums Chart 16 4
Danish Albums Chart 27 1
Dutch Albums Chart 42 2
Finnish Albums Chart 48 1
French Albums Chart 17 7
German Albums Chart 50 2
Irish Albums Chart 9 5
Italian Albums Chart 31 4
Japanese Albums Chart[24] 9 13
Mexican Albums Chart 10 2
New Zealand Albums Chart 18 2
Norwegian Albums Chart 10 1
Portuguese Albums Chart 18 3
Spanish Albums Chart 16 6
Swedish Albums Chart 28 1
Swiss Albums Chart 16 4
UK Albums Chart 10 3
US Billboard 200[19] 10 5
US Billboard Alternative Albums [25] 3 1
US Billboard Digital Albums [26] 7 1
US Billboard Rock Albums [27] 3 1
US Billboard Tastemaker Albums 1 1

Singles[edit]

"All the Time", premiered on Zane Lowe on February 14, 2013, and was made available for download on February 19. The 7" was officially released on April 1, 2013 and contained "Fast Animals" as the B-side.[28]

Information
"All the Time"

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by The Strokes.

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Tap Out" 3:42
2."All the Time"3:01
3."One Way Trigger"
4:01
4."Welcome to Japan"
3:50
5."80's Comedown Machine"
4:58
6."50/50" 2:42
7."Slow Animals"
  • J. Casablancas
  • N. Valensi[29]
4:20
8."Partners in Crime"
  • J. Casablancas
  • A. Hammond, Jr.
  • N. Valensi[31]
3:21
9."Chances"
  • J. Casablancas
  • A. Hammond, Jr.
  • F. Moretti[29]
3:36
10."Happy Ending" 2:53
11."Call It Fate, Call It Karma"
  • J. Casablancas
  • A. Hammond, Jr.
  • N. Valensi[29]
3:24
Total length:39:55

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

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