Sound — 9
The sound is incredibly unique. Listening to this, is like taking, the hooks and catch of any Radiohead song, mixing it with some mewithoutyou, and you've got Tokyo Police Club. They have some ridiculous sounding bass lines, it's fat and fuzzed, and the guitars echo with a beautiful squeal like Explosions In The Sky. The drums kick and pound like a dance-track from Bloc Party and the synth tie everything together with hints of Radiohead and Sigur Ros. The whole thing blends together to create an avant-garde mixture of post-hardcore, synth-pop, and club rock.
Lyrics — 8
The lyrics show young adult curiousity, in robot masters, politics and literally everything between. With the teaser-like seven tracks, they hit love, robots, politics, they take on everything with a young, dazzling charm that shows an ego, it shows the quirky-ness of a new generation of alternative rock bands. The lyrics are brilliant when you can make them out, The lead singer has a cockney sound about him despite the band being from Canada. It's not as ridiculous as the Arctic Monkey's, but it's not as soothing as Thom Yorke's. Speaking of which, the lyrics, they are very Thom Yorke-ish, they're not exactly as haunting or vague like Radiohead, but they've got the same flair, they same odd relatation between the singer and yourself. You'll dig 'em if you care about the lyrics, but it takes a back-seat to the pounding music.
Overall Impression — 10
For a first release, it's bloody brilliant. The beats, the synths, the echo'd and fuzzed out guitar and bass. The choir like screams between verses, there is angst here, but it's not your regular type of angst. It shows beauty in the bleak and the destruction. Everything here touches home, there are hints of hope and hopelessness and the emotion or lack-there-of in a few of the songs, are really just amazing. It's love for the new age, it's hopelessness in upbeat, quirky songs about Samuri and Robot Masters. It's probably the best thing since At The Drive-In.