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Japandroids - Celebration Rock

Japandroids - Celebration Rock
CRITIC SCORE
84
Based on 19 reviews
2012 Rank: #16 / 658
USER SCORE
83
Based on
132 ratings

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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
A.V. Club
A.V. Club

Celebration Rock finds that some of the best moments in life can come from uncertainty.

90
Consequence of Sound
Consequence of Sound

Where Post-Nothing melts into a hazy dream, Celebration Rock does exactly what it claims to do—it burns on and on like the best sort of party.

88
Pitchfork
Pitchfork

The first thing you take from Celebration Rock is just how much they've improved in terms of capturing pure sound, everything hitting louder and clearer than before.

87
Beats Per Minute
Beats Per Minute

Celebration Rock is in perpetual motion, driven by a visceral sense of urgency that most modern guitar music is so sorely lacking.

80
The 405
The 405

With Celebration Rock, King and Prowse have constructed an album that's near impossible to dislike.

80
Drowned in Sound
Drowned in Sound

The sheer energy pouring from this record is breathtaking: not until the very final song (‘Continuous Thunder’) does Celebration Rock’s sense of acceleration cease.

80
musicOMH
musicOMH

Celebration Rock is instead a triumph, showing that those with least to lose often have most to gain. 

80
PopMatters
PopMatters

Celebration Rock isn’t a final stand, it’s a push forward.

70
No Ripcord
No Ripcord

Celebration Rock’s high-tempo riff rock concerns itself with energy and embraces our serendipitous run-ins with those good times worth remembering.

60
NME
NME

The second album from noise-punk duo Japandroids works every straining sinew to convince you what enormous fun you must be having in its company, but still winds up striking a curiously sour note.

60
Under The Radar
Under The Radar

Aptly, the title is about as subtle and nuanced as the record itself: a short, samey burst of enjoyable, yet disposable, garage rock. 

User Reviews
94
Japandroids don’t pull punches, but rather punch you in face. Simplistic but ambitious, Celebration Rock is blissfully contained and on point. When the in-vogue musical style is some kind of avante-garde electronica, it’s refreshing to see a band that doesn’t try to innovate. It reminds me why I love rock and roll, and the collective, participatory atmosphere of a concert.

83
Fav Tracks: The House That Heaven Built, The Nights Of Wine And Roses, Fire's Highway, Adrenaline Nightshift, Evil's Sway

SiberianBreaks
75
Just a really energetic and catchy album to listen to. The songs can sound repetitive at times, but this album is just fun to listen to.

Favourite tracks: The House That Heaven Built, Evil's Sway, Fire's Highway, Younger Us, Continuous Thunder

Rob
95
One of the most fun and anthemic rock records of 2012. I was pleasantly surprised that they were able put out another album that matched the quality of their debut.

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DETAILS

RELEASED: June 5, 2012
FORMAT: LP
LABEL: Polyvinyl
GENRE: Garage Rock
WEBSITE: japandroids.com
TAGS
END OF YEAR LISTS
# 2 - A.V. Club
# 32 - Beats Per Minute
# 45 - Cokemachineglow
# 8 - Consequence of Sound
# 4 - DIY
# 9 - Exclaim!
# 9 - Gigwise
# 6 - MAGNET
# 13 - No Ripcord
# 28 - Obscure Sound
# 8 - Paste
# 4 - Pazz and Jop
# 11 - Pitchfork
# 2 - PopMatters
# 5 - Pretty Much Amazing
# 9 - Rolling Stone
# 7 - Slant
# 3 - SPIN
# 3 - Spinner
# 7 - Stereogum
# 17 - The 405
# 7 - The Line of Best Fit
# 45 - Uncut
# 46 - Under the Radar
Track List
  1. The Nights of Wine and Roses 
  2. Fire's Highway 
  3. Evil's Sway 
  4. For the Love of Ivy 
  5. Adrenaline Nightshift 
  6. Younger Us 
  7. The House That Heaven Built 
  8. Continuous Thunder
Contributions By
royalflush, patton, alexgonzriv
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Added on: March 26, 2012