Author: Carrie Tucker
04/15/2008 | Filter | www.filter-mag.com | Album Review
Hi there, Tokyo Police Club, it's me, a lowly fan. I saw you guys a ton waaay back in 2006 and my memories are warm and fuzzy, thanks to A Lesson In Crime, your fifteen-minute-long EP that was as hungry and urgent as it was shy and self-effacing. You had the jaded crowds moving; really moving, red-faced and sweaty and singing along to the ridiculous, raw hook of "Cheer It On." Will they move like that to Elephant Shell? Maybe, but with your singer David Monks' lazy, languid vocals and more soft tinkling on the piano than sharp notes on the guitar, it's more likely songs such as "The Harrowing Adventures Of..." and "Listen to the Math" will grace car stereos on long drives to the beach, iPods on endless bike rides, and rooftop barbeques just before the beer runs out and everyone's blissed-out drunk. So, I guess I'm saying that Elephant Shell is like a summertime record, easy and stress-free. I do have to admit I really miss that hunger and urgency of old, although "Your English Is Good" comes close to recreating it with a loud intro and plucky bass. But that's not what summertime's all about, is it? We're sated on burgers and booze and sometimes it's nice to just sit around in the breeze to a good soundtrack. See ya next summer!