Japandroids. Two guys, a guitar, a drum set, and a whole lotta sound. That is the best way to define Celebration Rock, the sophomore release from these British Columbia rockers.
Celebration Rock is an album that, quite simply, celebrates good rock music. Notably absent is the overly polished production values that seems to be running rampant on the airwaves these days. In its place is a driving raw energy that screams from the speakers. David Prowse is relentless in his percussive attack and Brian King keeps the charge going with his guitars and vocals.
From the opening stutters of The Nights of Wine and Roses the duo sets the rock fueled tone for this LP. What impressed me with Celebration Rock is that despite how I was impressed with this opening piece, it was almost bland when held up to the songs that follow. By the time the tracklist finds its way to Adrenaline Nightshift the boys are in full swing. Held up alongside tracks like Younger Us, it sounds like the Japandroids are trying to shake down an arena. By the time they reach the percussive climax of Continuous Thunder this seems like a completely realistic achievement.
The songs move along so well and with such unbridled passion, that it makes it that much more noticeable when the band doesn’t quite hit the mark. This was the case with For The Love Of Ivy. This cover of The Gun Club felt thin too me. Something that was being explored but wasn’t fully flushed out yet. As complaints go, though, this is a minor one and really only feels to be a let down in comparison to the explosive musicianship that surrounds it.
Weighing in at only 8 songs, Celebration Rock isn’t a tremendously long LP. It does what any great piece of art should strive to do though. It leaves you wanting more. I can’t wait to see what Japandroids does next.
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