Japandroids
All Lies


2.0
poor

Review

by Eric USER (161 Reviews)
November 30th, 2009 | 19 replies


Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist

Review Summary: My condolences, but this probably is not what you want to hear.

Say goodbye to those tightly wound catchy riffs that struck you so violently; not just the first time you heard them, but every time. Forget those maddening sing-along choruses that practically defined that one summer trip you took with the guys. And don’t even think about referring to that compact structure you could play over and over without tiring. Sorry, it’s not here. This isn’t Post-Nothing or even Lullaby Death Jams EP. While All Lies EP encompasses many of the same qualities (the raw energy, the fervent yelling, the passionate percussion), All Lies is Japandroids without structure or discipline.

While it may sound intriguing, it’s not something worth listening to many times over. All Lies takes some of the great qualities that Japandroids will later gain, but doesn’t wrap them in a neat little package. Instead, the duo from Vancouver wraps this noisy little present in newspaper, and it falls apart before you receive it. You still assure Japandroids you like it, but looking back it’s nothing compared to that gift you received recently. OK, enough with the conceit.

All Lies doesn’t take too long to become irritating with opener “Couture Suicide.” Sporadic yelps here and there plague this track, in a bad way. “To Hell With Good Intentions,” displays some of the worst lyrics from Japandroids, all centered around the premise/chorus, “My dad is bigger than your dad.” Luckily, Japandroids don’t totally miss. All Lies comes to a strong finished with the much more concentrated, “Press Corps.” This little ditty acts as a compelling prophet of the future, and it’s to Japandroids great benefit that they heeded its’ prophecy.

For the most part, All Lies sounds incredibly sloppy and misshapen. Japandroids didn’t seem to have much direction or objective when recording this, and it shows. Their bright future makes the flaws all the more obvious. Even as an EP, All Lies isn’t very promising. This is neither the place you want to start with Japandroids, nor would you want to end your Japandroids collection with All Lies. On second thought, don’t bother putting it in the middle, either.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
SeaAnemone
December 1st 2009


20834 Comments


First discog, though short, done.

YouAreMySilence
December 1st 2009


3727 Comments


Short and sweet, pos'd.
Probably will not be checking this out.

SeaAnemone
December 1st 2009


20834 Comments


thanks, and yea, good decision

SeaAnemone
December 1st 2009


20834 Comments


oh and if anyone finds art for this please link me... I couldn't

scotish
December 1st 2009


835 Comments


nice work. looks like I'll leave this aside for Japandroids for now (didn't even know that anything other than Post Nothing existed till not long ago).

Ponton
Emeritus
December 1st 2009


5815 Comments


Nice review once again.

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Roach
December 1st 2009


2148 Comments


tbh No Age are waaaaaaay better than Japandroids so fuck this band

Kiran
Emeritus
December 1st 2009


6002 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

No Age ruuuule and yeah I didn't enjoy this EP at all but Lullaby Death Jams is good.

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SeaAnemone
December 1st 2009


20834 Comments


^exactly exactly

iarescientists
December 1st 2009


5863 Comments


to hell with good intentions is a mclusky cover

Nikkolae
December 2nd 2009


4867 Comments


im gonna check it out anyways just out of curiosity, great review man

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iarescientists
February 11th 2010


5863 Comments


it's a mclusky song dumbass

SeaAnemone
February 11th 2010


20834 Comments


oh.

iarescientists
February 11th 2010


5863 Comments


shut up

just

shut the fuck up

robertsona
Staff Reviewer
March 13th 2010


15069 Comments


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focksy
March 17th 2010


437 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this is better than your review lets off

SeaAnemone
March 17th 2010


20834 Comments


idk maybe it's just NOT, though

Romulus
March 17th 2010


8447 Comments


It's All Lies, I tell you

focksy
March 17th 2010


437 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i think it's
excellent



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