Champ (album)

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Studio album by Tokyo Police Club
Released June 8, 2010 (2010-06-08)
Recorded at Sunset Sound Yogurt Factory and Kingsize Soundlabs, Los Angeles. Mixed at Sonora Recorders, Los Angeles.
Genre Indie rock, alternative rock, heartland rock
Length 35:35
Label Mom + Pop Music
Producer Rob Schnapf
Tokyo Police Club chronology
Elephant Shell
Ten Songs, Ten Years, Ten Days
Singles from Champ
  1. "Breakneck Speed"
    Released: March 2010
  2. "Wait Up (Boots of Danger)"
    Released: May 2010
  3. "Bambi"
    Released: 2010
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic (71/100)[1]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars[2]
Alternative Press (80/100) [1]
BLARE Magazine 4/5 stars[3]
onethirtybpm (75%)[4]
Pitchfork Media (7.6/10)[5]
Slant Magazine 3/5 stars[6]
TORO 2.5/5 stars[7]
TorontoMusicScene 3/5 stars[8]
SPIN Magazine 3/5 stars[9]
Robert Christgau A−[10]

Champ is an LP by Tokyo Police Club that was released on June 8, 2010. Champ is the band's second studio album, after the release of Elephant Shell in 2008. Tokyo Police Club released the album's first single, "Breakneck Speed" for free download on their website on March 26, 2010.[11] The next singles released off the album were "Wait Up (Boots of Danger)"[12] followed by "Gone".[13]


As with their debut EP, A Lesson In Crime, Champ was met with a mixed to positive press response, being lauded for their upbeat consistency from one album to the next. Slant Magazine gave it 3/5 stars, calling the band "smart guys with ambitions to be more than another forgotten blog band".[14] Similarly Rolling Stone gave them 3.5/5 stars, praising the way they fused "light-speed guitars with ebullient melodies", saying, "Rarely has crafting such high-velocity guitar pop seemed so easy."[15]

Track listing[edit]

All songs by Monks, Wright, Hook, and Alsop.

No. Title Length
1. "Favourite Food" 3:55
2. "Favourite Colour" 2:38
3. "Breakneck Speed" 3:44
4. "Wait Up (Boots of Danger)" 3:08
5. "Bambi" 2:44
6. "End of a Spark" 3:37
7. "Hands Reversed" 3:19
8. "Gone" 3:04
9. "Big Difference" 2:57
10. "Not Sick" 2:56
11. "Frankenstein" 3:29
US iTunes Bonus
No. Title Length
12. "First Date Kit (feat. Born Ruffians)" 2:35


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