Elephant Shell This quartet turned heads with their first EP — 16 minutes of post-punk electricity. Now Tokyo Police Club are back two years later with the… Elephant Shell This quartet turned heads with their first EP — 16 minutes of post-punk electricity. Now Tokyo Police Club are back two years later with the… 2008-04-22 Tokyo Police Club Indie Rock
Music Review

Elephant Shell (2008)

EW's GRADE
B

Details Release Date: Apr 22, 2008; Lead Performance: Tokyo Police Club; Genre: Indie Rock

This quartet turned heads with their first EP — 16 minutes of post-punk electricity. Now Tokyo Police Club are back two years later with the full-length Elephant Shell, which, true to form, clocks in at just under half an hour. The band uses that small bit of added breathing room to veer off in some unfortunate directions, from the mewling sad-sackisms of ''Centennial'' to the flat orchestration of ''The Harrowing Adventures of...'' When they do hit their stride, it's on several urgent guitar-and-synth anthems, which makes you wonder why these guys didn't just weed out the riffraff and release another killer EP. B
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Originally posted May 02, 2008 Published in issue #990 May 09, 2008 Order article reprints