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Toronto’s indie rock sweethearts, Tokyo Police Club, have done it again. Their sophomore album, Champ, comes packed to the brim of mix tape worthy songs of love, reminiscence, and fun. The band doesn’t stray too far away from their dance rock outline with a more polished pop sound, but that’s okay; it’s a great album to listen to for almost any mood and definitely required if you need a pick-me-up.

Each song is considerably longer than their previous releases, which had usually ended abruptly around the two minute mark, but their attention grabbing guitar hooks and melodic harmonies make it worth the while. Another new addition in this release, is a vague sense of happiness, or at the least, content. Missing from this album is the angst and yearning that could be found in previous releases and lead singer David Monks sounds hopeful and settled in to his current state, despite telling us of mistakes he’s made, or possibly going to make.

My recommendations for one-off listens include: “Favourite Colour” – full of endearing questions to a significant other and lines such as “Like K.C. and JoJo, like Sonny and Cher, you’re Tina, but I’m not Ike” make you fall in love with the song and put it on your sweetheart’s next mix. Also, there’s their current single “Wait Up (Boots of Danger)” with catchy doo-doos and a sing-along chorus, you’ll be dancing as soon as the first “So wait up!”.

All in all, it’s a great record and definitely watch out for TPC because they’re going places.

Tokyo Police Club – Favourite Food

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Tokyo Police Club – Breakneck Speed

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