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Celebration Rock


Celebration Rock

Second album from the Vancouver garage rock / noise pop duo, guitarist Brian King and drummer David Prowse

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  1. 10.0 |   A.V. Club

    Maybe it’s because the songs were so hard won after that long dry spell that they sound especially lively, but Celebration Rock starts strong and stays there over the course of its eight songs and 35 minutes
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  2. 10.0 |   God Is In The TV

    It’s a record about love and life in the most bombastic terms that isn’t afraid to be melodramatic or fun, and it does it without a single wink or sneer. And God knows we need that right about now
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  3. 10.0 |   Art Rocker

    If 'Post-Nothing' gave them a vital platform then 'Celebration Rock' is a beacon of promise: loud, frenetic and an energetic measure of much needed rock action
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  4. 9.1 |   Pretty Much Amazing

    Shred through all the raw power and abandon of Celebration Rock and you’ll taste the rarified nectar of the rock gods — stage sweat and bloody knuckles
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  5. 9.0 |   Spin

    Full of youthful, passionate love songs to youthful passion itself
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  6. 9.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    This is REAL party rock, and like the best nights out, it leaves you sweaty and exhausted and ready to do it all over again
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  7. 9.0 |   Consequence Of Sound

    Where Post-Nothing melts into a hazy dream, Celebration Rock does exactly what it claims to do—it burns on and on like the best sort of party
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  8. 9.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    Japandroids never intended to become the world’s best rock band, but with this album they might have just shoved compatriots Fucked Up off of that particular throne
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  9. 8.8 |   Pitchfork

    Awe-inspiring ... a rock record for the ages
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  10. 8.7 |   Beats Per Minute

    Celebration Rock is in perpetual motion, driven by a visceral sense of urgency that most modern guitar music is so sorely lacking
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  11. 8.5 |   The Quietus

    There is a pop sensibility that makes the album's emotional thrust irresistible
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  12. 8.0 |   Blurt

    The album can be exhausting with its full throttle blast through 35 minutes but that is ok, life can be exhausting
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  13. 8.0 |   Prefix

    Japandroids articulate the tangled, theater-screen history of the youth experience through the colloquial rock-music storyline. It’s natural habitat from first spin. Most of us didn’t run away from home, but this is how we felt like it would sound
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  14. 8.0 |   Tone Deaf

    Celebration Rock thrives on energy, songwriting nous and ability to deliver crowd-pleasing moments
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  15. 8.0 |   The Irish Times

    If their Post-Nothing debut was about raging against the machine and putting blood in the music, this is where Brian King and David Prowse sketch a new punk dream
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  16. 8.0 |   Entertainment.ie

    Japandroids have stumbled across a sound that captures the spirit of rock, the essence of what turned us on to this music in the first place
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  17. 8.0 |   hhv.de mag

    Japandroids make the most direct music imaginable
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  18. 8.0 |   Sputnik Music (staff)

    Near-perfect in what it sets out to do: making people happy, bringing them together. Every track has a way of finding the dormant smile behind your face, whether that’s by its huge group chanting, its massive trigger moments, its nostalgic, inspiring lyrics, or King’s insurgent vocals
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  19. 8.0 |   Drowned In Sound

    An infinitely more forceful collection than its predecessor
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  20. 8.0 |   BBC

    Every track’s an anthem, every second precious, on this breathless new album
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  21. 8.0 |   State

    It lives up to its name and proves that Japandroids are capable of creating an album focusing on a topic that few other bands even brush shoulders against – the brilliant urgency of life
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  22. 8.0 |   The Fly

    Big on anthems, euphoria and fistpumping rock’n’roll thrills
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  23. 8.0 |   musicOMH

    Utterly everyday yet utterly recognisable and distinctive, Celebration Rock is pounding, lithe and youthful. It’ll finish, you’ll compose yourself and put it on again
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  24. 8.0 |   PopMatters

    Post-Nothing may have struck with its sheer force, but Celebration Rock shapes that on-stage drive into more refined riffs, into more carefully crafted songs
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  25. 8.0 |   Rave Magazine

    There’s no band that could boast the stampeding, ridiculously catchy melodies that run rampant through this album
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  26. 8.0 |   Rolling Stone

    Japandroids sing about lost youth and sex and drinking atop hammer-of-the-geeks distortion swirls and holler-along refrains a gorilla could pump some paw to
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  27. 7.0 |   No Ripcord

    The focus of their album is in its title and the adrenaline is in its grooves
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  28. 7.0 |   Uncut

    Belligerent, loud but surprisingly catchy. Print edition only

  29. 7.0 |   AU Review

    A decidedly more scattershot affair than its predecessor, but there’s no doubting that as a band, they’re getting better at getting it right
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  30. 7.0 |   All Music

    Perfect depictions of the uplifting ruckus, youthful exuberance, and sheer passion these boys deliver time and time again
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  31. 6.0 |   Under The Radar

    Aptly, the title is about as subtle and nuanced as the record itself: a short, samey burst of enjoyable, yet disposable, garage rock
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  32. 6.0 |   NME

    Works every straining sinew to convince you what fun you must be having in its company, but still winds up striking a curiously sour note
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  33. 6.0 |   Q

    Good-time guitar-pop anthems delivered at breakneck velocity and near-deafening volume. Print edition only

  34. 5.0 |   The AU Review

    My point of contention would be that the album not bad to listen to, it is just that as an audience I think we have become a little oversaturated to that sound
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