Japandroids – Art Czars (Polyvinyl) 01/03/2010

March 10, 2010 by  

Japandroids’ début album was so great with its conjuring of Day Dream Nation era Sonic Youth that you felt it would be impossible to follow it up with something just as compelling. Yet, the duo are not resting on their laurels and have already produced a follow-up single called ‘Art Czars’.

Yay, you might think, but the reality is a little more nay. Their new single ‘Art Czars’ just does not seem to have the same charm and teenage rebellion as all of those bursts of noise on Post Nothing. It just seems to wander into Foo Fighters territory, with its more complete structure and their new found vocal presence, which finds them annoyingly yelping ‘do as I say’ repeatedly. As a result much of the essence of what makes the band so great is left behind.

It’s disappointing to hear them hit a stumbling block on their follow up single, but there is still lots of angst and immediacy to suggest there is another great album in them.

[rating:2.5]


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