GENRE | GARAGE ROKKK
VERDICT | HIGH-FIVE!
LABEL | POLYVINYL
RELEASE | 6.5.12
Since 2009’s Post-Nothing, Japandroids—Brian King on vocals and guitar, David Prowse on drums—have been through hell. They toured the world, nearly broke up, and King came close to accidentally cutting out his eye with a kitchen knife. Even for two guys in their twenties with (seemingly limitless) energy to burn, those kinds of experiences can change people forever, and on their new album that evolution manifests itself in an important thematic shift for the band.
Where Post-Nothing was concerned with apathy and the lingering fear of death, Celebration Rock is an explosive call-to-arms for a stagnating generation to seize the moment and celebrate life.
Japandroids’ strongest suit has always been their ability to channel feelings of angst, desire, and rebellion and inject them with an infectious sincerity and youthful abandon, and Celebration is a treasure trove of those moments. And not only is the album more lyrically sophisticated than its predecessor, it’s louder, faster, sharper, warmer and decidedly more mature, the perfect soundtrack to those nameless moments when we simply revel in the joy of being alive.
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