Japandroids
Celebration Rock


5.0
classic

Review

by ModernGuilt USER (11 Reviews)
October 19th, 2012 | 17 replies


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: These guys are having a party, and you don't want to miss it.

The Japandroids play loud enough, and with so much passion, that it's easy to forget that there are only two dudes in the band. Their first full length album, "Post Nothing," delivered a sonic-suckerpunch of bro-punk when it was released in 2009, propelling the two unlikely B.C. (that's in Canada) natives to unexpected success. Now, three years later, they have finally released their follow up, "Celebration Rock," and it's amazing.

One of the things that made "Post Nothing" so great was the energy, and immediacy the band exuded on every cut. They were having a great time, so you had a great time. Well, on Celebration Rock, the party just hit a new high. Everything feels bigger, the album open's and closes with fireworks that bleed into a driving drumbeat and David King's heavily distorted guitar. It all just feels like the music has room to breath. Where as "Post Nothing" saw a band through a hazy lens, charging head first into the unknown without any direction, and not caring, "Celebration Rock" is a confident record that still radiates the party-rock from before, but with a more mature and thoughtful bent. Even though these guys are getting older, they still make music that is both raw and youthful. King gets nostalgic on "Younger Us," as he looks back on his life, acknowledging that we all get older. These guys are committed to living life to the absolute limit for as long as they can, and having a damn good time as they do.

The band's sound has also matured in all the right ways. Everything is still distorted, but the production on "Celebration Rock" is much cleaner, allowing for each individual piece of the music to really shine on it's own. King's voice in particular has evolved to be one of the best in modern rock. His delivery is constantly exciting, and it certainly doesn't hurt that the songs on "Celebration Rock" have, on average, more than just two sentences like those on "Post Nothing." The drums and guitar are both more complicated, and more interesting, though never sinking into indulgence. Everything just feels like it fits, and when the drums roll on the chorus of "The House that Heaven Built," you not only hear what king is saying, you feel it.

2012 Has been the year of Punk Rock's resurrection, but more than that, it has seen some of the most exciting feel-good rock records in quite a long time, and among all of the fantastic records that have been released this year, The Japandroids do it the best. These guys are having a party, and you'd be a fool to miss it.



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    Three years after their debut, Japandroids return with more of the same. But is that a bad...

    A J M H (5)
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    Lucid (4.5)
    I love you, man....

    derho (3)
    More loud, fun guitar music. Nothing novel....

  • LudditeStereo (4.5)
    There's nobility in being teenaged, intoxicated and utterly invincible....

    Grayson Hale (3.5)
    An album that has nonstop energy and a seemingly endless supply of party hats...

    Sam Feldman's Rating (2.5)
    The Holocaust...

    rmill3r (4.5)
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  • Alex Beebe (3.5)
    The duo brings everything they’re about to the album format once again, and even though ...


Comments:Add a Comment 
larrytheslug
October 18th 2012


1315 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

you use the phrase 'charge ahead' lotz in the second paragraph. some of those sentences seem to drag on too long as well.



i havent listened to japandroids before.. look kinda like death from above 1979 solely based on the picture, but good review

ModernGuilt
October 18th 2012


51 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I just noticed both of those, thanks for the feedback!



DrGonzo1937
October 19th 2012


10307 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Great album.

newjunkaesthetic93
October 19th 2012


1871 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

nota5

Lucid
October 19th 2012


7051 Comments


Younger Us wasn't a single off of this. The House That Heaven Built was the first single.

ILJ
October 19th 2012


6841 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

This album is boring

newjunkaesthetic93
October 19th 2012


1871 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

"This album is boring"



This is boring, but your digging GY!BE?

ILJ
October 19th 2012


6841 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

It's boring because it doesn't really go anywhere. GY!BE goes somewhere, even if it takes them awhile to do so.

TheSupernatural
October 19th 2012


1453 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

It's a fun listen, but it's fairly simple IMO

Aids
October 19th 2012


24183 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

redundant review but who cares 5/5 amirite?

HitlerIsTheBest
October 19th 2012


1575 Comments


its alright. could use a bit more energy.

Douglas
October 19th 2012


9237 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

ITS A LIFELESS LIFE

Aids
October 19th 2012


24183 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

douglas 3.5



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Ire
October 19th 2012


41859 Comments


YEAH

Douglas
October 19th 2012


9237 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

@Aids Shit is growing, probs like 4.5 soon

Beauers
June 10th 2014


274 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

The sun is finally shining, that means this album gets blasted loud when I get off from work.

mryrtmrnfoxxxy
June 10th 2014


14462 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

good plan

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