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A reason to celebrate...,
This review is from: Celebration Rock (Audio CD)There is no better title for Japandroids new album than Celebration Rock. Within just a little over a half hour, Japandroids encapsulate all that it means to be young, drunk, stoned and free. There's a feeling of being at a turning point here as well. You've been as wasted as you can be, now what? Isn't there more to life than a nightlife that takes a little piece you after every last call and sunset you see with bloodshot eyes and a queasy stomach? Post Nothing was their throwing caution to the wind record. It was, for all intents and purposes, a swan song to a music career that never would be. Low and behold, the music-starved connected to Brian King and David Prowse's call-to-arms put to tape. The career they thought they'd lost before they'd ever found it suddenly had just begun. Now, instead of writing to an audience of two, they are writing to audience many. Celebration Rock is what we are given. It's jubilant, fist-pumping and anthemic. It's melancholy and longing. It's an ode to those days when you didn't know what was going to happen from one moment to the next. No regrets. Only lessons learned and memories made. This is Celebration Rock.
You will not have a better time this year being pummeled than you will with album opener `The Nights of Wine and Roses'. With Mission of Burma's angst and relevance, Built to Spill's earnestness and The Replacement's drunken glee, Japandroids deliver lines like "Long lit up tonight and still drinking/Don't we have anything to live for/Well of course we do/But until it comes true/We're still drinking" with the furvor and the insight of true drunken night owls the Vancouver duo are, or were. You'll be hard pressed to find a heavier and louder statement this year of living for the moment than you'll find on this excellent opening track. `Fire's Highway' comes right in with arms flailing. Brian King sings "A northern soul in southern lands, will always find his way to southern hands" and you can't help but think this `northern soul' is broadening his scape as a songwriter to more than just getting drunk and closing clubs. `Evil's Sway' is another barnstormer that pits good against evil, which seems to be a theme throughout this record. Side A closes out with a rush of adrenaline as Japandroids burn through a cover of The Gun Club's `For The Love Of Ivy'. Side B opens with the galloping `Adrenaline Nightshift', four and a half minutes of ear-splitting guitar and drum-pummeling fills. With the highlights `Younger Us' and the excellent `The House That Heaven Built' leading up to the beautiful closer `Continuous Thunder', King and Prowse have taken us on a journey through the sweaty, fevered nights and the harsh, battered mornings of lost souls looking for meaning in what at times seems utterly meaningless.
Japandroids have given us their mission statement. Written in blood, sweat and cheap booze by two lost souls that may not be as lost as they once were, it reads simply, `Celebration Rock'. Get your hands on this album and celebrate.