- Celebration Rock

Japandroids - Celebration Rock
CRITIC SCORE
84
Based on 22 reviews
2012 Rank: #13 / 892
USER SCORE
82
Based on
209 ratings

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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
A.V. Club

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

90
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

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

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

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

80
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

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

80
PopMatters

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

70
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

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

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

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.
sonicyouth
73
WOAH OH OH OH OH OH UH OOOHHH
Errandboy
63
I went into this album thinking Japandroids were gonna be right up my alley, but unfortunately I feel most of these tracks don't hit as hard as they think they are and all the "WOAH"s throughout the album just feel lazy. While there's definitely some highlights on here, like Fire's Highway, that just simply work, I can't help but feel a little underwhelmed by this record.
Felindie
83
Fav Tracks: The House That Heaven Built , Adrenaline Nightshift , Fire's Highway
exception
92
EDIT: this album gets better and better over time, and it has become one of my most frequented albums. i really hope these guys have something cooked up that can be released soon.

japandroids is the kind of name i would expect from a cheesy dubstep producer. i now have a completely different look on stupid names. this is one of the best rock albums of the 2010's, with some awesome riffs and very creative lyrics. the LP also had some of the best hooks out of any rock albums ive heard in a ... read more
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DETAILS

June 5, 2012 / Release Date
LP / Format
Polyvinyl / Label
japandroids.com / Website
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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 & 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


Added on: March 26, 2012