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Tokyo Police Club return with a new pop sound

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Tokyo Police Club release their third full-length studio album 'Forcefield'


Tokyo Police Club – Forcefield - OUT NOW on Memphis Industries 7/10

After a four-year hiatus since the hugely acclaimed Champ, Ontario’s Tokyo Police Club are back with a brand new album, Forcefield. Produced by Doug Boehm (Girls, Dr Dog) and singer David Monks, the record is a collection of summer indie rock tunes with an accessible pop approach. The quartet has evolved a lot since their2006’s debut EP A Lesson In Crime, and if the label of “Canadian Strokes” they had gained in the past does not seem to suit them anymore, a reference to Two Door Cinema Club or Peace would be now more appropriate.

Opening with an 8 minute track might be a daunting choice, however this is not the case of the mind-blowing Argentina (Parts I, II, III). The genuine, sweet and melancholic lyrics of this three-in-one song blend harmoniously with a more polished and ambitious sound than their previous music. The pop rhythms of songs such as the lead single Hot TonightBeaches and Through The Wire are contagious and might make you dance on the spot. The majority of the tracks are pleasant and energetic, including Miserable which despite what the title might suggest contains an infectiously catchy chorus. The only exception is the final track Feel The Effect, a mellow ballad which deals with the feeling the consequences caused by bad decisions.

Some fans might not appreciate the new pop direction because it does not have the style of Champ and Elephant Shell. Nonetheless with Forcefield, Tokyo Police Club show they have grown and proved that changing direction is not always a bad thing. It might be different but there are a lot of direct and simple songs to enjoy and sing along. 7/10