Released: February 2011
The Strokes had been away for four years when this came out, so it was a colossal relief when 'Under Cover Of Darkness' arrived - as spring-loaded and energetic and irresistible as anything on 'Is This It'. OK, the rest of 'Angles' turned out to be a bit undercooked, but - on this song at least - The Strokes regained their long-lost songwriting mojo, and it was glorious: bursting with that weirdly chirpy, heel-clicking Strokes spirit that always seems so at odds with their taciturn hipster demeanour. (LL)
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