Albert Hammond Jr., Yours To Keep
The Strokes are a stellar band who woke fans up in 2003 with the massive album Room On Fire. Since that initial success, they have continued to release great music, much of it sounding much – perhaps too much – like that initial album. The sound, while distinct, was in need of some modernization.
Enter Strokes front man Albert Hammond Jr., who has just released a largely-solo side project, backed by fellow musicians Matt Romano and Josh Lattanzi (and featuring such contributors as Sean Lennon and Ben Kweller). Aptly called Yours To Keep, Albert has taken the sound of The Strokes to another level, and the result is one worth holding on to.
The curly-topped singer sounds refreshed and has renewed passion in his voice. With lyrics that range from pretty, begging “don’t let me know as it’s happening”, and playful, teasing “you would always hold out” while whistling and la-la-la-ing, Hammond proves in this expansion of his resumé why music is about evolution.
Perfect for: A walk through the city
Stand-out track: In Transit
Artwork courtesy of Red Ink Music