Champ - Tokyo Police Club
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  • Summary: The Canadian four-piece returns with another album of catchy post-punk tunes, complete with the high energy and quirkiness Tokyo Police Club has cultivated throughout the years.
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  1. Positive: 13 out of 20
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  1. Slowed down and keyboarded up, these tunes make what cares they do bear seem lyrical--carefree.
  2. Tokyo Police Club retain their enthusiasm with Champ; they just want to show off the new tricks in their pony show. [Jul 1010, p.130]
  3. Back with less pressure, Champ packs that sweet sucker-punch we craved the first time around.
  4. With Champ they have rekindled the catchiness and immediacy of their first offering.
  5. Champ, their second album, shows a slight advancement from Elephant Gun, with more complicated song structures and more creative instrumentation. [Summer 2010, p.86]
  6. 60
    Each track on this Canadian quartet's second full-length opens with some clever reshuffling of precise drum pecks, TV-hum synths, Strokes-like guitar, and David Monks' reedy, wry vocals. Three minutes later, you're left with the mildly pleasing, indistinct memory of yelped choruses, mathy breakdowns, and mid-tempo breeziness.
  7. They have their moments, including the electro-rock riffs on Bambi, but elsewhere the lack of variety soon grates. [Sep 2010, p.121]

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  1. Positive: 1 out of 2
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  3. Negative: 1 out of 2
  1. Jun 7, 2011
    Champ isn't a bad album. It has some good songs and the vocalist has a pretty original tinge to him, but there are other songs that are just a bit boring. But I really did enjoy the album. Not perfect by any means. But they have my attention, and I'll be listening when they release their next album! Expand
  2. Oct 8, 2010
    Get this album, then delete all the songs except for Bambi and you will have one awesome album. All the others songs blend together and the vocals become annoying after a few listens Expand