Tokyo Police Club – Champ

Its always a good sign when you can listen to the same album twice, back to back, and still want to hear it again to catch what you missed. Champ is a solid effort all the way through. I didnt find any reason for returning fans of Tokyo Police Club to be disappointed. It stands well on its own when measured against their previous releases, A Lesson in Crime and Elephant Shell. Though I would argue there is a subtle growth spurt in Champ. Its the kind of maturity in sound and style you hear from a band that has already proved themselves. No worries, they dont stray too far from their bread and butter of fun danceable pop/rock tunes.

“Favourite Food” opens it up with a hard left and right panning intro of synthesized buzzing followed by a beautiful acoustic ballad. Its almost Dylan-ish for a couple of minutes until they pick up the pace and give the listener a little preview for the energy that will be sustained for the rest of the album.

Theres no short of clever  and often humorous – lyrics either. ”Favourite Colour” has some of my favorite lines,  “We stay up as late as we like, like KC & Jojo, like Sonny and Cher, youre Tina but Im not Ike”.

All in all, 8 out of 10 stars from me. Some other noteworthy songs are: Hands Reversed, Wait up (Boot of Danger), and Bambi. But there arent any filler tracks here. Its evident that TPC should have no problem enjoying a long and fulfilling career in music –  an enjoyment we will all have a part of.

~ by carlitoreviews on July 9, 2010.

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