Japandroids
Lullaby Death Jams


3.5
great

Review

by Eric USER (161 Reviews)
November 16th, 2009 | 18 replies | 8,710 views


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Don’t stop at the album art- Lullaby Death Jams EP has one of the most horrifyingly sweet album covers in recent memory, but there’s music on here too, believe it or not.

6 of 6 thought this review was well written

It’s all still there, of course: the utter, the fuzzy, rampaging guitars, and those damn catchy rock anthems that you cant help but yell at the top of your lungs with. The Vancouver duo of Brian King and Dave Prowse reel in a nice catch with their pre- Post- Nothing EP, Lullaby Death Jams. Listening backwards in an artists discography is always an especially interesting journey. Will you here regression? Will you hear the loss of those things that cause you to fall in love with the band in the first place? It can be worrisome, understandably. Well there’s no need to be worried with Lullaby Death Jams. Short and sweet, this is the JPNDRDS you know, the same JPNDRDS you love.

Don’t stop at the album art- Lullaby Death Jams EP has one of the most horrifyingly sweet album covers in recent memory, but there’s music on here too, believe it or not. Japandroids, it seems, have an inherent knack for those sublime, catchy anthems that make you want to scream with the windows rolled down. Whereas on Post-Nothing it was, “She had wet hair say what you will / I don’t care I couldn’t resist it,” on Lullaby it’s “Things are different now / I’m different now, you’re the same / you’re aerosol, floating to me,” (“Sexual Aerosol”). Sound a bit nonsensical? Maybe, but I’m not complaining. Japandroids don’t aim at depth on Lullaby, but they sure hit the sweet spot when it comes to raw emotion. Powerful guitar riffs build up into exuberant outbursts time and time again, especially on the first three of this 5 song EP. “No Allegiance to the Queen” is a fast-paced, guitar-cluttered romp that resulted in one of the best live show songs I’ve ever had the pleasure of hearing. A bit more dynamic, structurally, than anything on Post-Nothing, “No Allegiance...” adds a little zest to the mix. “Lovers-Strangers” keeps that Japandroid energy, but will be remembered as a perfect example of the downside to Lullaby Death Jams. Passion and noise alone aren’t enough for Japandroids appeal. This sounds like an obvious point, but the unfocused mess disintegrates and flails a bit aimlessly. The fifth, “Lucifer’s Symphony,” also reminds once again that this is an EP. Lazy and hazy, the tempo speeds up and slows down for a long seven minutes, but never quite finds that sweet spot that sounded so natural on Post-Nothing. Whether or not it ultimately works, though, is almost beside the point. It’s interesting, to say the least. The raw under-production of Lullaby doesn’t detract from the experience, but rather adds to the sheer emotion just exploding out of Brian’s lungs. Don’t bother having to give this two listens, Lullaby will almost undoubtedly hook your ears and reel you in within a few minutes of stumbling guitar riffs and hot-blooded yelling.

Fittingly, Lullaby Death Jams EP closes in a fury of guitars, primal yells, and a sing-along- well, “death jam.” While Lullaby Death Jams doesn’t have the same consistency as its successor, it certainly incorporates the raw energy, the simplicity and emotion associated with Post-Nothing. It hints towards impending greatness, but of course we know how that works out, don’t we?



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SeaAnemone
November 16th 2009



18822 Comments


desperately needed review?? yes yes I believe so.

couldn't decide between a 3.5 or 4... tell me how it reads please.

Fort23
November 16th 2009



2469 Comments


YAYY NEW JAPANDROIDSS EEEHEHEHEHEEE

SeaAnemone
November 16th 2009



18822 Comments


nope sorry.

Fort23
November 16th 2009



2469 Comments


oh fuck yeah nevermind i wonder why that never dawned on me. i just jizzed myself for no reason.

oh well im still going to get this now tight review

SeaAnemone
November 16th 2009



18822 Comments


c'mon guys. are we seriously NOT gonna comment on this?

silverleaves
November 16th 2009



438 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

nice review, pos'd

the played the first two tracks from this live when i saw them, both songs were really awesome

Digging: Cloud Nothings - Here and Nowhere Else

SeaAnemone
November 16th 2009



18822 Comments


same... they were 2 of my favorie songs from them live, those and YHSF and Heart Sweats

silverleaves
November 16th 2009



438 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

ya, it was pretty wicked when they opened with No Allegiance to the Queen and just started yelling "WE NEED AAAIIIRRRRR"

Kiran
Emeritus
November 17th 2009



5992 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

i need this

timbo8
November 17th 2009



618 Comments


Whoa, totally didn't know there was anything pre-post-nothing!

SeaAnemone
November 17th 2009



18822 Comments


That was almost my summary- "Yes, there is music pre-Post-Nothing' or something.

Nikkolae
November 17th 2009



4394 Comments


i love you for posting this review, cos it indeed desperately needed a review, i love sexual aerosol haha, for some reason it reminds me of Super Bad lol

Digging: Corrupted - Paso Inferior

Kiran
Emeritus
November 17th 2009



5992 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

getting this and All Lies EP now, can't wait

Minus The Flair
Emeritus
November 17th 2009



862 Comments


hey woah didn't even know this existed. acquiring now.

Fort23
November 17th 2009



2469 Comments


does anyone know if 'all lies' is any good?

Kiran
Emeritus
November 17th 2009



5992 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

they can do no wrong. just realized 'darkness on the edge of gastown' was the song they opened with when i saw them recently, awesome song.

SeaAnemone
November 17th 2009



18822 Comments


I haven't heard All Lies, but I do hear it's similar to this, but a bit of a step down. And yes, they play the first 2 songs on here live, and they're 2 of the best in their arsenal.

SeaAnemone
November 19th 2009



18822 Comments


I know right. That's what I said.



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