Despite its flaws, ‘Forcefield’ reveals somewhat of a welcomed shift from 2010’s ‘Champ’ for these Canadians.
‘Champ’ found the foursome grappling too hard with current trends, as opposed to honing in on their craft and preserving the energetic urgency of their debut EP, ‘A Lesson In Crime’, and its full-length follow-up, ‘Elephant Shell’.
Here, the ebullient melodies prevail, but the band’s predilection for high-velocity guitar pop is distinctly lacking. Instead, Tokyo Police Club have heightened their pop sensibilities and as a result ‘Forcefield’ sounds decidedly formulaic.
For all its lack of idiosyncrasies, however, there’s a credibly unashamed attitude to creating perfectly fine pop songs.
Words: Hayley Scott
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