The New Yorkers top the prestigous poll with debut LP 'Is This It'...

Strokes have clinched the NME ALBUM OF THE YEAR for their debut record ‘IS THIS IT’.

The longplayer topped the prestigious poll of the Top 50 albums of 2001, compiled by NME critics, which is published in full in this week’s issue (December 5).

Previous winners over the last decade include Nirvana, Bjork, Beck and Oasis. This is the fourth consecutive year the accolade has been given to an American group, with last year’s winners being Queens Of The Stone Age for their ‘Rated R’ album, 1999’s award going to the Flaming Lips for ‘The Soft Bulletin’, and Mercury Rev‘s ‘Deserter’s Songs’ claiming the crown in 1998.

In an exclusive interview, Strokes vocalist Julian Casablancas said although he doesn’t really enjoy listening to ‘Is This It’ any more, he is continually amazed at the reaction it receives.

He said: “The fact that people who have never heard it put it on and then keep playing it, blows me away. People we work with are like that; our record company, our publicist…that’s fucking weird. It’s what I hoped for, but not what I expected.”

The NME Album Of The Year has crowned a triumphant year for the group in the UK. After starting 2001 with a performance towards the bottom of the bill at one of NME’s Carling Shows at the London Astoria, they have gone from strength to strength, and featured on the cover twice in 12 months. A recently announced UK tour for 2002, easily their largest to date, sold out in hours.

For a full list of the Top 50 albums of the year, see this week’s NME. The magazine also contains a free CD with the highlights of the Top 50 albums, and interviews with the Top 10 bands.

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