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Hands down the most anticipated rock-'n'-roll debut of 2001, the Strokes' Is This It? comes burdened with unrealistic expectations: that it will save guitar rock, that it's the reincarnation of 1970s CBGB's punk attitude, that it's this year's definitive New York album. Whatever. Forget the hype and just relish this swaggering, infectious, street-smart album. Vocalist Julian Casablancas falls in the tradition of gritty urban art-punks who trace their roots to Lou Reed and Iggy Pop, but Casablancas adds a nod to the Fall's Mark E. Smith. What makes this band of young New Yorkers -- prep school refugees in their early 20s -- exceptional is their balance of a sexy, rock star attitude with old-fashioned rock-'n'-roll rhythms that might actually get jaded, black-clad hipsters up and dancing. "Last Nite" lifts the bass line from the Supremes' "You Can't Hurry Love" and the guitar hook from Tom Petty's "American Girl" and arrives somewhere entirely new but completely familiar -- and irresistible. The 36-minute album includes all the songs from the singles that prompted the hype, although some of the versions differ. Maybe some tracks have more 'tude than tune, but that's quibbling in the face of such brash, exuberant, and genuinely exciting songs as "The Modern Age," "Someday," and "Hard to Explain." Perhaps the album title alludes to the inevitable letdown following a surge of hype, but the band needn't have worried: Yes, this is it.