Celebration Rock - Japandroids
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  • Summary: The Canadian garage rock duo's second full-length album includes a cover of The Gun Club's "For the Love of Ivy."
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  1. Positive: 29 out of 33
  2. Negative: 0 out of 33
  1. Jun 4, 2012
    Celebration Rock starts strong and stays there over the course of its eight songs and 35 minutes.
  2. 90
    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.
  3. May 29, 2012
    An inspired, exhilarating spectacle that makes good on its gang vocals, feel-good (but not cheesy) lyrics, pleasantly muddy production, and galloping sense of self-confidence.
  4. May 31, 2012
    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.
  5. Jun 5, 2012
    Japandroids sing about lost youth and sex and drinking atop hammer-of-the-geeks distortion swirls and holler-along refrains a gorilla could pump some paw to.
  6. Oct 30, 2012
    Japandroids is bloated, angry, and absolute proof that the heart of rock & roll is still beating.
  7. May 29, 2012
    Each song spills over with a breathless, unhinged vigour that impresses... But taken all together, the band's refusal ever to let up on volume, bombast, group-shouted vocals, fast-strummed chords or smashing drums makes Celebration Rock an exhausting sonic assault in need of variety.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 15
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 15
  3. Negative: 1 out of 15
  1. Jul 19, 2012
    This album is in your face and straight to the point, and that's why I love it. I honestly haven't listened to a rock album that I've enjoyed as much as this one in a long time. Every song on this eight track album is awesome, and I highly recommend it to any fan of indie rock or just good music in general. Definitely going to be in my top 5 albums of 2012. Expand
  2. Dec 25, 2012
    Lush, vibrant guitars and brilliant drumming headline the Japandroids' "Celebration Rock". And believe me, it's just that - a celebration. I can't remember the last time a rock album hit me this hard and had me cheering and dancing this much. There's potential for this is to be one of the all-timers. Expand
  3. Jun 5, 2012
    I think it's the first 10 I've given all year. Definitely the album of the year for me thus far. What the Japandroids do isn't fancy or complicated. They produce adrenaline filled rock and roll anthems. This album is loads of fun and every song on this album is strong. As well as being the best album of the year, this album also has the best track of the year so far and that is "House that Heaven Built." Expand
  4. Mar 9, 2013
    I haven't enjoyed or connected with an album as much as I have with this one in 10 years. It makes you feel young and alive without using cheap tricks, the raw yet not messy riffs and hooks drawing you back again and again. Expand
  5. Dec 17, 2012
    This duo is awesome! I'd really say, this short album is indie rock at its best. Their adroit phrasing and the rough tunes merge so perfectly well and there isn't any single song on this CD that isn't brililiant, however they are relatively similar to each other. I admire their style and "Celebration Rock" is definitely one of the best releases in the year 2012! Expand
  6. Nov 9, 2012
    This album is simply a blast to listen to. My personal favourite for the Polaris Prize this year. The album is so aptly named. It starts as a celebration with rock and it powers through the whole thing. Love it. Expand
  7. Jun 18, 2012
    The second album of the Canadian group undoubtedly has a rather unique atmosphere depicted in songs such as even the initial "The Nights of Wine and Roses", or "Evil's Sway." The compositions are the resultant of punk vocals and a bit "dirty" garage rock playing in the noise climate. Although songs are very expressive, which are interlaced with the guitar accents or a post rock motifs ("For The Love Of Ivy") - but the album finally leaves a rather chaotic - and in spite of all the mainstream impression. Expand

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