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Tokyo Police Club – Elephant Shell
May 8, 2008, 1:36 pm
Filed under: Albums | Tags: ,

I’ll admit, I didn’t jump on the TPC wagon until recently. I hadn’t heard of them until Saddle Creek started raving about this hip new band from Canada in their August 07 newsletter, but the very fact that Saddle Creek had signed a quartet of Canadians was intriguing enough.

So here we are. Full of catchy riffs, upbeat melodies and uplifting lyrics, Elephant Shell isn’t an album I would expect from Saddle Creek, but it’s one I welcome with open arms (perhaps I’ve been blinded by the abundance of Cursive in my less than impressive collection).

Opener “Centennial” is like a nice walk in the park and a smooth way to ease into the record. However the album proceeds to quickly build up to the rhythm induced “Juno” and melody infused “Tessellate”. With the record peaking at track 5, one can’t help but be slightly disappointed with such a fast giveaway. As expected, the album recesses, but we are briefly revived with the upbeat and infectious “Your English is Good”. Unfortunately we are forced to “Listen to the Math” which is as boring as it sounds (says the Math major). Perhaps had it not followed “Your English is Good” it would have been a much more enjoyable track. Kind of reminds you of high school no? Finally, I can’t decide whether “The Baskervilles” is a good enough ending. There’s something about it that just doesn’t yell conclusion to me. But if you account for the remixes, “The Baskervilles” isn’t exactly the conclusion I was looking for anyway.

First listen: 8/10
Flow:    7/10
Individual Songs: 8/10
Discography: 7/10
Length: 3/5
Album Art: 5/5
Total: 38/50

All in all, a great album, on the short side, but it’s good enough for my musically induced ADD.

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