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Reviewed on 21st May 2008.


Elephant Shell

By Tokyo Police Club

After reviewing 'Tessellate' a few weeks back, I was very much looking forward to 'Elephant Shell' hitting the shelves. With a UK tour happening over May and June, let's have a listen, voice opinions and join the club.

Three years on since the formation of the club, 'Elephant Shell' comprises the solid foundations that the Ontario four-piece are all about. It does though, have a maturity that perhaps their previous EP did not. They have stretched their wings, found their energy and blast it out in new ways and fashions.

Opening track 'Centennial' kicks straight in with delightful vocals and simplistic backing music. This track is like a prologue to the rest of the album. It's less than two minutes but whilst it's a song in its own right, it's a brief taster of what you're going to get from the rest of the album, arousing your taste buds before the main course.

The main course is just what we all ordered. Songs like 'Graves', 'Your English Is Good' and 'The Baskervilles' show the increasing wisdom that Tokyo Police Club are learning and making their own. They album is a tight-knit unit of sing-along, trouble-free, happy-face music yet each tune has its own style and voice. I'm very impressed with this first full length album and the club will be a club for a long time yet.



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