Author: Ackley Kidd
05/01/2008 | Vapors | www.vaporsmagazine.com | Album Review
When it comes to music, my motto has always been: don't believe the hype! Nine times out of 10, following the trend-mongers always seems to leave me with a stale musical aftertaste. Though my musical doctoring may have saved me from multiple sonic abominations, in the case of Tokyo Police Club it acted as more of a disadvantage. With their follow-up to the indie hit Lessons In Crime EP, Tokyo Police Club's second album Elephant Shell once again proved their hype is more than well deserved. Tracks like "In A Cave" and "Nursery Academy " are immediate melodic pleasures while songs like "Your English Is Good" displays the band's progressions since their last offering. Other highlights include the song titled "Listen to the Math," which positively echoes the golden era of the pre-emo alternative rock scene of the mid 90s. Though hype beasts of all shapes an sizes may send my musical spidey sense haywire, it is bands like Tokyo Police Club that remind me that sometimes respect is given to those who truly deserve it. Take a listen!