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With their 2006 EP, A Lesson in Crime, Tokyo Police Club announced that they could be the bridge between the dreamy guitars of Broken Social Scene and the nervy, wired energy of Talking Heads '77-style punk. Few albums have gotten such contrasting melody and rhythm sections to mesh so well. Yet the harmonies of A Lesson in Crime seem to have deserted Tokyo Police Club with their first full-length, Elephant Shell.

 

David Monks’ bass lines, the spark plug of A Lesson in Crime, are buried in the mix, and Greg Alson’s increasingly repetitive drumming is not enough to bail him out. Furthermore, Monks’ vocals and lyrics have traded in angsty politics for Colin Meloy-esque faux-naval/pirate tales, an aesthetic that does not mesh with any other element of the music.

 

Transcendent tracks like “Your English is Good” and “In a Cave” indicate that there’s still room to grow on subsequent Tokyo Police Club releases. But for now, the band seems to have lost its mojo.

 

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Band: http://tokyopoliceclub.com

Label: http://www.saddle-creek.com

Audio: http://www.myspace.com/tokyopoliceclub

 

 

  • Centennial
  • In a Cave
  • Graves
  • Juno
  • Tessellate
  • Sixties Remake
  • The Harrowing Adventures of...
  • Nursery Academy
  • Your English Is Good
  • Listen to the Math
  • The Baskervilles

To put it in the words of Linda Richman, the "Coffee Talk" character Mike Myers used to play on SNL, "Tokyo Police Club neither hails from Japan nor is a law enforcement agency." Instead, the band is from Canada and plays a kinetic form of indie rock. Tokyo Police Club's name has been bandying about the blogs for quite a while, so it might come as a surprise that this is the band's first full-length. It follows two EPs (2006's A Lesson in Crime and last year's Smith) and the digital single "Your English Is Good." Elephant Shell finds the young Canuck hatchlings of Tokyo Police Club breaking bigger in both ambition and popularity.

 

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Band: http://www.tokyopoliceclub.com

Label: http://www.saddle-creek.com

Audio: http://www.myspace.com/tokyopoliceclub 

The Dodos - Visiter The Cat Empire So Many Nights (Dig)

Wow...guess I drank too much the first time I posted. I give it about 7. Beautifully crafted...you CAN STILL HEAR THE BASE...and the overall experience of the album was very enjoyable. Its rare to hear an album all the way through for me these days...this is one that was easy to do. Don't get me wrong, it didn't have the same punch as A Lesson In Crime, but it was powerful none the less.

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I disagree with the rating of this album. I think it shows a level of sophistication that comes with spending more than three days in a studio like they did with Lesson in Crime. The energy is still incredibly high and the band is developing a depth to their song writing. I hear a new creativity in their layering that provides a little more emphasis on Graham's keyboards and Josh's guitars working in union. Elephant Shell is more refined and far better produced than TPC's previous efforts.

Sara

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