Metascore
68

Generally favorable reviews - based on 24 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 24
  2. Negative: 0 out of 24
  1. TPC are better arrangers than songwriters; all eleven tracks burst with hooks, but only the single 'Your English Is Good' feels fully cooked.
  2. Tokyo Police Club indubitably share similarities with their more commercially successful UK counterparts, Bloc Party.
  3. Uncut
    60
    No shocks here, but a laudably short and sharp effort. [June 2008, p.94]
  4. Q Magazine
    60
    It's all over long before the lack of variety can become a problem. [June 2008, p.148]
  5. Transcendent tracks like 'Your English is Good' and 'In a Cave' indicate that there’s still room to grow on subsequent Tokyo Police Club releases. But for now, the band seems to have lost its mojo.
  6. Under The Radar
    50
    Elephant Shell is very appealing in a middle-of-the-road way, but for those hoping to be electrified, we'll have to wait on another arse. [Spring 2008, p.81]
  7. They don’t do nearly enough with the brief window of opportunity they have afforded themselves, and seem too fashionably pent-up to take that key leap of faith beyond the terra firma of their dominant influences in the foreseeable future.
  8. TPC keep their songs taut and mostly under three minutes, so Elephant Shell whips by in a charging whirl of indie rock urgency but skips on substance.
  9. Elephant Shell finds the ambiguity created by this choice absolutely harrowing, however, and proceeds to run back to that basement with its eyes closed, one hand over its mouth and the other clutching its Bloc Party tapes.
  10. Elephant Shell has it all if you’re looking for youthful mistakes from a well-meaning (but again, young) band that really, really, REALLY shouldn’t let the hype go to their heads.
User Score
8.7

Universal acclaim- based on 32 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 30 out of 32
  2. Negative: 1 out of 32
  1. EdgarM
    Mar 29, 2009
    10
    This is probably my choice for the most underrated album of 08. This had some insanely catchy songs (Juno, In a Cave, IMO). I'm shocked This is probably my choice for the most underrated album of 08. This had some insanely catchy songs (Juno, In a Cave, IMO). I'm shocked this didn't make many people's Top 10 because it's such well-made and satisfying little gem. I highly recommend it to anyone looking for true indie-rock album. Full Review »
  2. Shay
    Dec 15, 2008
    10
    This is pure awesomeness!
  3. JC
    Dec 15, 2008
    10
    Exciting and thrilling from beginning to end.