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Japandroids - Celebration Rock

 
25 July, 2012
 
 
 

By Nixxie

 

Let me just say, right from the outset, that this album isn't a lot of things. It isn't particularly profound, neither in terms of the lyrical content nor the depth of musicianship on display. It isn't a particularly polished studio production. It isn't very original or creative either.

 

OK, now that that's out of the way, here's what it is however: fun. Hugely satisfying, unadulterated, no-holds-barred, sing-along-time fun fun fun. It's the kind of music that one reviewer recently said makes you want to have as your soundtrack during those "landmark" moments in life like a graduation, a first kiss or even something as simple (but poignant) as an end-of-summer party with all your friends.

 

Sure there's a lot of "oh yeahs" scattered throughout, but that's not something I mind. And yes, a lot of the songs on Celebration Rock consist of only a couple of open chords. Yet it's these elements that make you want to get up and pump your fists in the air (maybe after having had one or three beers first).

 

Japandroids are a two-piece indie band from Vancouver and have been around since 2006. They are made up of guitarist Brian King and drummer David Prowse, both of whom are responsible for vocals too. The aptly named Celebration Rock is their second full length offering after their 2009 debut Post Nothing.

 

The album opens and closes to the sounds of fireworks. The first track, The Nights Of Wine And Roses, sets a quick pace and gets everyone in the mood for what's to follow. My personal favorites are the last four songs. Adrenaline Nightshift immediately caught my attention with its hooky riff and totally anthemic rhythm. I think I may well be listening to this one quite a lot this summer. Younger Us is full of effervescent emotion, while The House That Heaven Built is one of those rock tunes you can instantly belong to. The last track, Continuous Thunder, is a great way to bring the album to a close: just like the end of something good (summer holidays spring to mind), it superbly evokes the emotive duality we often feel, joy and nostalgia, or perhaps an elation to have been part of something special.

 

The one low-light on this otherwise very exciting album is, in my humble opinion, Japandroids' take on The Gun Club's For The Love Of Ivy, which I felt is neither very interesting in itself nor particularly well matched to the rest of the LP.

 

In any case, whether you love this thing or you hate it, the one thing that you absolutely must remember is that it is meant to be listened to LOUD. Try it out and see if you don't feel even slightly uplifted. 

 

 

  

 


QUICK ALBUM FACTS


Primary Genre: Rock

 

Subgenre: Indie

 

Release Date: 5 June 2012

 

Label: Polyvinyl

 

Influences: Bruce Springsteen, The Strokes, The White Stripes

 

Like This And You'll Probably Also Like: Women, No Age

 

Album Highlights:  The Nights of Wine and Roses, Adrenaline Nightshift, The House That Heaven Built, Continuous Thunder

  

 

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NIX'S 2 CENTS

 

"I like it, I like it a lot. 7/10"

 

Japandroids

 


 

 

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