Celebration Rock finds that some of the best moments in life can come from uncertainty.
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.
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.
Celebration Rock is in perpetual motion, driven by a visceral sense of urgency that most modern guitar music is so sorely lacking.
With Celebration Rock, King and Prowse have constructed an album that's near impossible to dislike.
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.
Celebration Rock is instead a triumph, showing that those with least to lose often have most to gain.
Celebration Rock isn’t a final stand, it’s a push forward.
Celebration Rock’s high-tempo riff rock concerns itself with energy and embraces our serendipitous run-ins with those good times worth remembering.
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.
Aptly, the title is about as subtle and nuanced as the record itself: a short, samey burst of enjoyable, yet disposable, garage rock.
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.
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.
Youthful anthems and blaring guitars, it's everything you can ask for if you happen to be at the best party out in the sticks, or just wish you were at one. This is celebration rock.
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