• Kathleen Maurer

Song Review: "The Adults Are Talking" by The Strokes


The Strokes have been releasing music for years now. Their last album, The New Abnormal, was released on April 10th, 2020 and included the song, “The Adults Are Talking”. This song has had a revival in recent months and has reached its way back to the charts.


“The Adults Are Talking" begins with a really quick drum intro that sets the tempo and leads to a guitar forming the melody of the song as it introduces the same melody of the chorus. As the first verse begins the guitar then is replaced by the vocalist. The vocalist creates a diverging "verse" melody that is simpler and more consistent. He speaks of overeducated and arrogant assumptions saying that “we” were the problem. Honestly, I have no idea what they are talking about. However, the tempo is perfect to bounce around too and the instrumentation as always is incredible. There is also an electrified staccato style guitar solo at the end of the song that is very good and the supporting guitar really helps to boost the energy of the song as a whole.


This song is really good. It’s fun and light with some shredded and synthesized guitar. The song is rough, fast, and electric. The instruments really hold their own and the vocalist’s lax and almost mumbled vocals really juxtapose his quick lyrics. Every part on their own would be absolutely incredible so them together just creates an exceptional song. I really love it and I think that anyone that enjoys The Strokes or alternative would love it too.


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