New York Magazine Digs “Under Cover of Darkness”

by Eric Van Dril · 336 comments

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.

(via rockinglo)

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 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?

{ 336 comments… read them below or add one }

301 mixo February 2, 2011 at 7:35 am

So now lets hear UCOD, please………………….

302 Eric Van Dril February 2, 2011 at 8:13 am

New post at the top of the site, everybody!

303 Pat February 2, 2011 at 9:08 am

The full duration of each song is on the strokes’website…
So, this is probably the place where the song will “leak” first…

304 Mark E. Moon February 2, 2011 at 10:30 am

If those song lengths are correct, then the whole album will be 37 minutes long, which is just great in my opinion.
FIOE would have been an excellent album if they had just taken off 3 or 4 filler tracks (Killing Lies, Fear of Sleep, On The Other Side, and maybe 15 Minutes) and rearranged the order of the songs.

305 Cris February 2, 2011 at 1:48 pm

Anything yet??

306 Andres Omar February 2, 2011 at 4:43 pm

How long must i wait?

307 alx. February 2, 2011 at 4:44 pm

@Mark: Would’ve never taken out those tracks…why would someone take out songs like Killing Lies or 15 minutes??

308 Jesus of Nazareth February 2, 2011 at 7:51 pm

So I looked into it… apparently my dad isn’t cool with the whole “raining candy”… egg… all over my face. Sorry, bros.

309 Olivia B February 2, 2011 at 7:55 pm

308 COMMENTS!? Holy shit Eric, your site is blowing up!

310 Rankin February 2, 2011 at 8:13 pm

@Mark: Yeah man, Killing Lies and 15 minutes are great tracks.

311 wolfman February 2, 2011 at 8:55 pm

on the other side is one of my favorites…

312 alx. February 3, 2011 at 9:19 am

Ok, whatever I’ll just wait till February 9, I just don’t care anymore (yes I do).
I wish two drinks were always in me.

313 Rayane February 4, 2011 at 2:48 am

Hey, I just listened to UCoD… It’s blowing, really!
Sounds a lot like First Impressions through….

314 Rayane February 4, 2011 at 2:49 am

Hey, I just listened to UCoD… It’s blowing, really!
Sounds a lot like First Impressions through…..

315 asdfg February 4, 2011 at 4:30 am

Yeah, and i I just had an orgy with the strokes… It was awesome, really!

316 Paul February 4, 2011 at 10:34 am

How did u hear it???!!!! 😮

317 tobz February 4, 2011 at 4:47 pm

Nope Pete D, i’ve already tried this lol…it’s not unda cova

318 Paul February 5, 2011 at 2:57 pm

theres a thirty second sample up on amazon! sounds catchy. I can’t wait to hear the whole thing.

319 Colin February 5, 2011 at 4:05 pm
320 Jessica February 6, 2011 at 3:47 pm
321 Andres Omar February 6, 2011 at 10:43 pm

This song’s really making me happy

322 Paul February 6, 2011 at 11:47 pm

U would be happier if u could hear the whole thing… I know i would lol

323 Emma yeates February 8, 2011 at 2:54 pm

just to let you know that the strokes are releasing under cover of darkness on free download tomorow for 48hours on theire official website!!!
I was thinking that you’d might want to know!! 😉

sorry for the bad english a frensh fan!

324 Paul February 8, 2011 at 6:26 pm

Your english is perfect =)

325 Andres Omar February 8, 2011 at 8:08 pm

Tank’s dude! i think all the stokes fans won’t miss the good news. Watching the countdown!

326 Pat February 9, 2011 at 3:38 am

I must try to stop thinking about it…
I can’t wait..

327 Brad February 9, 2011 at 3:31 pm

There it is. Or download it from The Strokes website for free. Just sign up for the newsletter.

328 juliet March 2, 2011 at 5:31 pm

dont ask

the strokes – taken for a fool leak

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life is simple in the moonlight great song

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