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
  2. Negative: 0 out of 20
  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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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 1 out of 2
  1. Jun 7, 2011
    7
    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
    1
    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