At this point, the consensus seems to be that “Under Cover of Darkness” is a quality song. I haven’t seen a bad review by any credible source to date.
New York Magazine published their review today and this is what they had to write…
So what’s pretty cool about “Under Cover of Darkness” is that it’s both “complicated” and totally simple, playful, and loose. Most of it boogies and skips sunnily along, as if someone might start whistling at any moment — exactly the kind of shaggy, careless appeal the band’s always been best at. (It’ll sound great on an album people will be listening to in spring.) It’s also got a bunch of funny dueling guitar leads, big changes, thought-out structures, and that wonderful trick where what you think is a decent chorus is just the lead-in to a great one — but in this case, instead of sounding like the band is trying too hard, it sounds like they’re just having fun. (One of the guitar bends in the intro seems intentionally, heroically goofy; same with a hilarious falsetto chirp later on.) They’ve finally found a way to try interesting things and still seem rakish, sly, and unconcerned about it.
And I know a lot of you are dying for a leak. I am too. I’m checking every three or four hours, but if you find one you can either email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or tweet me @thestrokesnews if you’re on Twitter. I’ll see both on my phone in a matter of minutes and I promise to either get on my computer and write a post or post it to my Twitter account right away. Either way, as soon as I have it, you’ll have it.
Oh, and after the jump, check out the alleged lyrics for “UCoD” SPOILER!!!From Mr. Met in the comments section of this post…
Nope, “under cover of darkness” is never said. The best I can make out: “Slid back, out of whack, and your past, it’s a nightmare. so I’m joining the army…[fast bit I can’t understand: “we got the right and if I have to use it got everything and you can just choose it.” or something] i won’t just be a puppet on a string…[chorus]don’t go that way, I’ll wait for you, and I’m tired of all your friends, listening at your door…so long my friend, we’re not the same, but I’ll wait for you [/chorus]…get dressed, jump out of bed, into a past. are you okay? I’ve been all around this town and everyone’s been singing the same song for ten years [chorus] and they sacrifice their lives in light of what goes on [solo] …I’ve said it a billion times and I’ll say it again, so long my friend…” Interpret away.
Do the lyrics matter or is it more about how Julian delivers them?