Tokyo Police Club - 'Forcefield'

The quartet find it hard to shake the "Canadian Strokes" tag on their fourth album

  • Release Date 24 Mar, 2014
  • Record Label Memphis Industries
  • Tokyo Police Club - 'Forcefield'
6 / 10
After the initial hype-whirl labelled them the “Canadian Strokes”, it’s admirable that Ontario’s Tokyo Police Club have survived long enough to release their fourth album. The trouble is they still sound too much like, well, like the Canadian Strokes, although nowhere near as good as that moniker suggests. They’re still likeable, with chirpy vocalist/bassist David Monks sounding like he’s singing through a grin the size of a melon slice (hardly something you could say about Julian Casablancas) and highlight ‘Hot Tonight’ shows they occasionally have the chops to match the New Yorkers. Sadly though, the Biffy-ish ‘Tunnel Vision’ and ‘Gonna Be Ready’, which boldly takes early Mars Volta as its proggy muse, are the only hints at variety. It’s unspectacularly solid stuff.

Jamie Fullerton

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