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Celebration Rock

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This is the long-awaited, follow up to 2009's Post-Nothing. Celebration Rock is well balanced with a much bigger sound and showcases the band's growth as songwriters. Songs like "Evil's Sway" and "The House That Heaven Built" prove that the Vancouver duo has more than staying power with this sophomore release.
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  • Audio CD (June 5, 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Polyvinyl Records
  • ASIN: B007RJJTTU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
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Japandroids' second full-length album CELEBRATION ROCK finds the band picking up exactly where they left off in 2009 with POST-NOTHING. The band's stripped down, raw arrangements continue here, as do the plain black-and-white album covers. I'm sure many people will point this out, but the best way to describe this album is by the title; this album is 8 tracks of joy, fun, and celebration. With that admission, this album is fun, but it never comes across as stupid or empty; this album is populist but never pandering. Who says happy music can't seriously rock?

These tracks are life-affirming, and they feel together like a love-letter for the bygone 20-something ages. Accordingly, this album is propulsive, full of energy and glee, evoking memories of super-early mornings, slightly-buzzed conversations, and fist-pumping celebrations. CELEBRATION ROCK doesn't wear out its welcome, clocking in at a little over half an hour playing time; it's short and sweet.

The album begins with the popping of distant fireworks which then melt into the band's percussion. This introductory track, "The Night of Wine and Roses," showcases fantastic hooks and noise-rock-propulsive rhythms that continue well until the closer, "Continuous Thunder." "Evil's Sway" showcases a nice guitar riff before launching into one of the album's best songs. "For the Love of Ivy" features tinges of rockabilly vibes. "Younger Us" is a love-letter to bygone days of late-night friendships. "The House That Heaven Built" is the lead single from the album, and for good reason: it's a seriously strong melody that will keep with listeners after the song is over. "Continuous Thunder" is a bit different from the rest of the tracks -- it's not as immediate or percussive.
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Celebration Rock, Japandroids sophomore album was easily near the top of my list for albums i was eagerly anticipating this year and if you've heard their previous record (Post Nothing) i probably don't need to tell you why. For the benefit of the review i will though;) Their 2009 debut was the most potent display of nostalgia fuelled, desperately chaotic Alt Rock i'd heard in a long time. It was emotional with a capital E and even if you thought the musicanship was lacking in sophistication or the lyrical simplicity was bordering on juvenile at times, you'd be hard pressed to deny the integrity of the sentiment. These guys played too gosh darn loud for their sincerity to be brought into question and to these ears the "amateurish" borderline hormonal rock songs felt extremely visceral and truely special.

Celebration Rock follows the formula that made Post Nothing so coruscatingly endearing with the band playing with that same corporeal intensity. David prowse explosively drums right after the openening fireworks on "The Night of Wine and Roses" and right up until the closing one's on "Continuous Thunder". Brian King brings his pummelling power chords and frenzied vocals to the fray again also, creating that same glorious cacophany that won so many people over on their debut. The only noticable progression on CR is perhaps in the lyrics department, the scope of PN didn't really extend beyond a fear of getting old and although CR mainly stays within this territory their perspective feels even more forthright this time round "Long lit up tonight And still drinking Don't we have anything to live for? Well of course we do" are the first lines that Brian King sings and this album is full of similar lines of affirmation and reverie.
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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.
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