|Studio album by Japandroids|
|Released||29 May 2012
5 June 2012 (Worldwide)
|Genre||Indie rock, Noise rock|
|Label||Polyvinyl Record Co.|
|Singles from Celebration Rock|
Celebration Rock is the second album by Canadian indie rock duo Japandroids, released June 5, 2012 on Polyvinyl Record Co. Recorded as a way to continue touring, Celebration Rock mixed together punk rock and classic rock influences. The album has received critical acclaim and peaked at #37 on the Billboard 200.
Following the release of Post-Nothing, Japandroids toured extensively in 2009 and 2010 and it was not until the beginning of 2011 when the duo decided to record a second album. The duo found it difficult to return to a sedentary lifestyle after being on tour. In turn, they recorded Celebration Rock as a way to go back on tour. The band said they intended the album to capture the spirit and energy of their live shows.
The album was recorded in Vancouver with Post-Nothing engineer Jesse Gander. There was also some recording done in Nashville. Japandroids faced writer's block during the recording process. While Post-Nothing was written for themselves, Japandroids took into account the audience when writing Celebration Rock. The album was recorded live with no double tracking and little overdubbing.
Music and lyrics
The music on Celebration Rock has been described as a mix between punk and classic rock, with influences from The Replacements, The Who, Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty and The Hold Steady. In an interview with Pitchfork Media, Dave Prowse cited Appetite for Destruction as an influence.
Lyrically, Celebration Rock has been described as a callback to classic rock conventions. Much of the language used was influenced by the concept of good and evil, heaven and hell. Critic Steven Hyden called it an album that "addresses the teenage wasteland with the bombastic mix of fury and empathy that derives from Who's Next." and an album that "gives lip service to the kids while actually observing adolescence from a distant, less celebratory time." "Adrenaline Nightshift" dealt with the idea of "people waiting for something to happen, while everything actually happens while you're waiting," while "Continuous Thunder" was a love song.
After spending much of 2011 working on Celebration Rock, Japandroids toured North America with Bass Drum of Death throughout August/September of 2011, playing primarily smaller, intimate venues in order to test out the new material from the album. During these shows, the band debuted several new songs including "Fire's Highway," "Adrenaline Nightshift," and "Evil's Sway."
On March 26, 2012, Japandroids announced that their second album Celebration Rock would be released by Polyvinyl Record Co. on June 5, 2012. Additionally, they announced that a limited edition 7" of the album's first single "The House That Heaven Built" would be released on May 15, 2012.
The first single from Celebration Rock, "Younger Us," was released on June 8, 2010, almost two years before Celebration Rock's release. The second single from the album, "The House That Heaven Built," premiered online on March 26, 2012. On May 27, 2012, Celebration Rock was streamed in its entirety on NPR Music.
|The A.V. Club||A |
|Consequence of Sound|||
|Drowned in Sound||8/10 |
Celebration Rock has earned critical acclaim. On Metacritic, the album currently has a score of 85, based on 28 collected reviews.
The A.V. Club's Kyle Ryan gave the album a grade of "A," writing "Maybe it’s because the songs were so hard won after that long dry spell that they sound especially lively, but Celebration Rock starts strong and stays there over the course of its eight songs and 35 minutes." Ian Cohen of Pitchfork Media gave the album a Best New Music designation, writing that even though Celebration Rock was recorded the same exact way as Post-Nothing, Celebration Rock "[..] dwarf[s] its impressive predecessor." Cohen continued: "[I]n writing about something other than the experience of being Japandroids, the duo taps into a power greater than itself to address impossibly vast and elemental topics-- friendship, lust, revenge, art, self-actualization-- with songs every bit as big." Megan Ritt of Consequence of Sound also thought Celebration Rock was better than Post-Nothing, writing "They’ve retained the energy that pulses below the surface of the best tracks on Post-Nothing and infused it with more focus. Where Post-Nothing melts into a hazy dream, Celebration Rock does exactly what it claims to do—it burns on and on like the best sort of party."
Not all reviews were positive, however. NME's Alex Denney gave Celebration Rock a mixed review, writing "Japandroids know how to bring the ruckus. But elsewhere the power-chord pummelage gets a bit one-note — and The Gun Club cover only reminds us that journeymen like these have no business dancing with the bones of Jeffrey Lee Pierce." NOW's Carla Gillis criticized the album's repetitiveness, writing "[..] the band’s refusal ever to let up on volume, bombast, group-shouted vocals, fast-strummed chords or smashing drums makes Celebration Rock an exhausting sonic assault in need of variety."
Celebration Rock was named as a shortlisted nominee for the 2012 Polaris Music Prize on July 17, 2012. The album also appeared on several year end lists. Spin named it the third best album of 2012, while Paste ranked the album number 8 on their list. Rolling Stone ranked the album number 9 on its list of the top 50 albums of 2012, while Stereogum ranked the album number 7 on its year end list. Pitchfork Media ranked Celebration Rock number 11 on its list of the top 50 albums of 2012, writing: "The album flips Japandroids' limitations into superlatives; their in-studio restrictions mean that these eight songs crash just as hard live as they do in headphones. And King's newfound ambition with the pen means that his lines aren't just fun to sing back to him anymore-- they go way past "whoa-oh" to a place equally universal, but more trenchant."
|1.||"The Nights of Wine and Roses"||King / Prowse||4:02|
|2.||"Fire's Highway"||King / Prowse||4:44|
|3.||"Evil's Sway"||King / Prowse||4:27|
|4.||"For the Love of Ivy" (The Gun Club cover)||Pierce, Powers||4:13|
|5.||"Adrenaline Nightshift"||King / Prowse||4:26|
|6.||"Younger Us"||King / Prowse||3:33|
|7.||"The House That Heaven Built"||King / Prowse||4:49|
|8.||"Continuous Thunder"||King / Prowse||4:59|
The following people contributed to Celebration Rock:
- Brian King – guitars, vocals
- David Prowse – drums, vocals
- Reiner Asscheman – photography
- Brian Banks – photography
- Annika Berglund – photography
- Christian Bobak – photography
- Simone Cecchetti – photography
- Andy Collins – photography
- Sam Cowling – photography
- Alan Douches – mastering
- Jesse Gander – engineer, mixing, producer
- Geoff Hargadon – photography
- Andy Mueller – photography
- Tom Øverlie – photography
- Jeffrey Lee Pierce – composer
- Kid Congo Powers – composer
- Leonardo Solis Varela – photography
- Maryanne Ventrice – photography
- Charlotte Zoller – photography
- "The House That Heaven Built" (May 15, 2012)
- 7" single b/w: "Jack The Ripper" (Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds cover)
|US Billboard 200||37|
|US Billboard Independent Albums||7|
|US Billboard Alternative Albums||9|
|US Billboard Rock Albums||17|
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