Tokyo Police Club, 'Champ' (Mom+Pop)

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Champ
Critical Mass
Label: Mom & Pop

by Spencer Kornhaber

How can a band with so many ideas make so many songs that leave you feeling the exact same way? Each track on this Canadian quartet's second full-length opens with some clever reshuffling of precise drum pecks, TV-hum synths, Strokes-like guitar, and David Monks' reedy, wry vocals. Three minutes later, you're left with the mildly pleasing, indistinct memory of yelped choruses, mathy breakdowns, and mid-tempo breeziness. The energy of "Wait Up (Boots of Danger)" breaks the spell, but only for a moment.

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