I think you would agree with me in saying that the strokes sat down one day, and said to each other 'Fancy making another album?'
And with that, they made another album. A good one at that.
It's no 'Is This It', but It's better than their other attempts. I don't think they wanted to go back to their roots. They just wanted to make a decent album people would listen too, that they enjoyed creating. Of course I may be completely wrong and compared to what they wanted, this album is as useful as a rubber duck made of francium. What do I know?
It is a good listen though, they have clearly taken time over it, as it has a good quality finish to their sound, and they play some pretty good riffs too. Have a listen. Why not?