Post-Nothing - Japandroids
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  • Summary: This is the debut full-length album for the indie-rock duo from Vancouver, Canada.
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  1. Positive: 20 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. Maybe its sunstroke, but I feel compelled to suggest that two young Canucks trading in sludgy punk-pop tunes may have crafted a rock album that gets closer to perfection than any other album this year so far.
  2. Regardless of classification, Japandroids have created something pure, something without pretense and without any concern for how smart or cool they will sound.
  3. Vancouver duo Brian King and David Prowse throw themselves into every song as if it's the last one they'll ever play. That go-for-broke attitude carries their third album, which is less about the songs than the sheer joy of playing them.
  4. Post-Nothing is their eight-song debut, and it goes by in a flash of infectious, sweaty anthem jams about angsty youth problems.
  5. It’s all quite charming and lovely.
  6. 74
    This album has the beauty of controlled chaos, it's emotive yet carefree and secure. [Spring 2009, p.103]
  7. Perhaps unsurprisingly, this template leaves little room for subtlety, yet what the duo's first lacks in brains it makes up for in sheer noisy exuberance, displaying on Crazy/Forever a common thread with the once majestic ...And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead. [Dec 2009, p. 116]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 16
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 16
  3. Negative: 1 out of 16
  1. GabrielC
    May 28, 2009
    10
    One of the best albums of 2008, garage and powerful noise rock, is really a masterwork as White Stripes's "Elephant", "Young Hearts Sparks Fire" and "Crazy/Forever" are two gems and each one of the songs maybe can be a future classic! Expand
  2. Andy
    May 27, 2009
    9
    Some kick-ass garage-rock. My favorite record of the year so far, topping Grizzly Bear's Veckatemist and Animal Collective's MPV.
  3. TimS.
    Jun 8, 2009
    9
    I love this album. Its right now contending with Animal Collective's MPP for my favorite album of the year.
  4. Stu
    Aug 28, 2009
    9
    Fantastic... so simple and stripped down, with easily repeatable lyrics and sludgy, powerful melodies.. this is the kind of thing that gets your heart pumping as you press your foot harder on the gas pedal. please don't compare to no age and wavves... no age is more ambient and relaxed and is nothing like japandroids.. wavves is just some musician who saw everyone else making lo-fi music, and threw together some washed out guitars and high pitched harmonies on garageband with songs about being bored. There is no heart behind wavves (or live show for that matter).. and its surfy.. japandroids ain't surfy. Expand
  5. Jun 18, 2012
    9
    I'm surprised these two rockers aren't as big as they should be. Maybe that's a good thing. Either way, Post-Nothing is pure rock and roll. From the pulsating drums to Brian King's rough guitar riffs, Japandroids just spill anxious youth rock. It's almost a perfect album. A- Expand
  6. BlueMeanie
    Oct 4, 2009
    8
    Having been in so many bands, I know it's not always fair to the artist to say "They sound like...", but when they're new, you need a point of reference, so here goes: Japandroids sound like a male Sleater-Kinney (riot boys?) w/ a touch of Pavement & "Flip Your Wig era Husker Du". Lyrics are angst silly, but in a good way. The vocals sound a touch like Jane's Addiction. While it is a great primitive/naive garage rock workout kinda like a B-grade "Crazy Rythyms" by The Feelies, and worth picking up, I can't believe it was rated higher than the Sunset Rubdown album. I'll definitely be watching and listening for their next. The potential shines through. Expand
  7. MoltenC.
    Sep 20, 2009
    1
    What's with all these hyped-up reviews? I bought into the hype but came away feeling cheated. Garage Rock? Hardly. Or does garage rock suddenly have a new definition that doesn't include the Pebbles, Nuggets sound? No melodies or hooks to speak of. No real Songs. Give me authentic no wave, art punk, or garage rock anytime. The Japandroids just leave me cold ... and angry. Expand

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