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  • Summary: The 12th full-length release for the art-punk duo of Ian Vanek and Matt Reilly features a guest appearance from Total Warr.
  • Record Label: Seayou
  • Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Indie Rock, New Wave/Post-Punk Revival, Post-Rock, Experimental Rock
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  1. Positive: 2 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Apr 14, 2014
    80
    Japanther sound more in touch than ever with the spirit of youth, excitement, and discovery that started the band 13 years before the release of this album.
  2. Apr 21, 2014
    70
    This duo continues to develop without forfeiting the high-energy antics that have earned them such a reputable DIY name.
  3. Apr 14, 2014
    60
    Much like funsize Snickers bars, there's a gooey joy to be found in the brevity, but especially for us this side of the Atlantic, there are bands who have improved on the formula of twee-punk/whatever you want to call it.
  4. 58
    These dudes release albums to air out their childlike, messy, giddy punk spirit, and they’ll continue to do so, even if they drop a few meandering tracks into the mix.
  5. Apr 22, 2014
    50
    Amid the minor missteps and business-as-usual pleasantries, though, there is one winner of a track. Album opener “Wiggmann” finds Japanther supplementing their pop craftsmanship with an equal measure of ingenuity.
  6. Apr 14, 2014
    40
    If Japanther focused more on their punk rock sensibilities and honed in on their talent for hook-infested pop songs, rather than trying to clean up their act, then they’d be far better off for it.