album review: tokyo police club
    • THURSDAY, JUNE 10, 2010

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    Champ, the new record by the Canadian band Tokyo Police Club, begins promisingly with the songs "Favorite Food" and "Favorite Color." The first tune hints at an adventurous musical sensibility, with panned chunks of synth noise, a mournful melody and an eye for garish images and random detail. "Favorite Color" is a straight up swing for the charts, mildly ironic power pop of the kind Fountains of Wayne and Weezer used to pull of convincingly "Tell me what's your favorite color?/Tell me how's your younger brother?/ What grade is he in?" The simplicity of the questioning is deliberate, as seen through the eyes of a teen painfully trying to make conversation.

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