Tokyo Police Club
A Lesson in Crime
You may think 7 songs and 16 minutes is an EP, but actually it is a perfect statement from a genuinely exciting rock band. While many over-hyped bands claim new, fresh rock ground for themselves (think Franz Ferdinand, Arctic Monkeys), this Canadian band serve up the freshest album I have heard this year.
It is like The Strokes, but with the excitement notched up to 11, and none of the irritation. The songs, wonderfully, clock in around 2 minutes - there is no spare air, never mind any wasted space. When A Lesson In Crime hit the CD player, it stayed there on repeat for ages.
Heaven knows what might happen with a full-length album. For now, we should be grateful that 16 minutes this great can still find their way onto a disc, and that guitar-based rock does have plenty of space left above the Arctic Monkeys.