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Tokyo Police Club


Dine Alone

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Instead of mailing it in and ending Tokyo Police Club’s decade long career with a whimper, singer/bassist and principal songwriter Dave Monks convinced the band to come together in the studio, shed all expectations and past pressures, and just have fun being in a band making rock music.

It seems to have paid off in spades. The latest LP by this Canadian foursome may not break any new ground as much as it encapsulates a re-energized formulation of the pointed, off-beat guitar rock they’ve cultivated since 2008’s Elephant Shell.

On this almost self-titled LP, the simple rock rhythms are well-played with an honest raw energy and quick-paced, straightforward chord progressions. But just when you think the songs are simply a peppy three-chord ditty, they take an expected turn with either a shift in tempo, a chord change, or a nifty guitar riff to make things interesting.

The tracks are uncluttered with sharp driving rhythms that are catchy and upbeat. The buzzy guitars are crisply played and the well-placed synths provide a contrasting backdrop. It’s a sound that could be described as a faster-paced, less-nuanced version of Spoon with a little less charm.

The singing is unique and a little rough around the edges and may take some time to get used to. But like most good records, TPC requires a few good spins before the goodness sinks in. (

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