Japandroids Albums Ranked

Japandroids are a Canadian rock band from Vancouver, British Columbia, consisting of Brian King (guitar, vocals) and David Prowse (drums, vocals). Formed in 2006, the band rose to prominence following the release of their debut album Post-Nothing (2009). Their second album, Celebration Rock (2012), was released to widespread critical acclaim, with Rolling Stone calling it one of The 10 Coolest Summer Albums of All Time, and Spin naming the duo Band of the Year. Japandroids toured heavily in support of both albums, gaining notoriety for their live performances and extensive international concert tours. Between 2009 and 2013, the band performed approximately 500 shows in 44 countries. Japandroids’ music has been described as “one part classic rock, one part punk”, due to their blending of classic rock influences such as Bruce Springsteen and Tom Petty, with punk rock influences such as The Replacements and Hüsker Dü. Here are all of Japandroids albums ranked.

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7. All Lies (2007)

“This really is celebratory rock, shifting from light-hearted to earnest and back. The sound is lo-fi, but doesn’t suffer for it. The music is still explosive, and if anything adds to the emotional impact of the vocals.”

6. Lullaby Death Jams (2008)

“Mixed feelings about how much cleaner the vocals and track in general are this time around, but the songwriting and delivery are still powerful enough that they give me chills. Not really my kind of music, but this just seems so nice and listenable!”

5. Massey Fucking Hall (2020)

“The band’s metallic sound is definitely not suffering from rust from time on the shelf. If you know what it is to have a good time and leave your troubles behind, or just want music to engage in, this album is for you.”

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4. No Singles (2010)

“The Vancouver boys dynamic hasn’t changed from their initial fumblings to their current incarnation. They are and were a lo-fi noise-rock twosome capable of astonishing turns of melody in a brutal punk world. Not that the opener “Darkness On The Edge Of Gastown” really goes on to prove this statement. Blunt, repetitive and essential it hasn’t the fuzz factor that Post-Nothing perfected, but its more than got the energy.”

3. Near To The Wild Heart Of Life (2017)

“This album is “just” great rock music. Different songs have became obsessions for me during repeated listens to the whole this past year. These songs feel innately authentic, earnest, anthemic, and inspiring. What else does rock need to, well, rock? How about some incredible drumming? Or catchy riffs? Check and check. The lyrics aren’t exactly Shakespeare, but they are sung passionately/tunefully and mesh perfectly with the instruments, and c’mon folks, this is rock music.”

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2. Post-Nothing (2009)

“One of my favorite records of all time. I love the simplicity of the record. Some of the song lyrics are made up of only a few lines, but they’re very powerful ones. I love all the songs here except Crazy Forever (just a bit too long), but it’s still pretty good. They play fast and loud and god damn its fun as hell. The last song “I Quit Girls” might be my favorite. I can’t tell whether it’s a happy or sad song, but it hits me hard every time.”

1. Celebration Rock (2012)

“My favorite record of all time. All the originals are classics and they do a great take on “For the Love of Ivy” as well. It’s one of those records that I remember exactly where and who I was when I fell in love with it. The day “The House that Heaven Built” is still clear in my mind. I saw the song had gotten posted and, having never heard of the band before, listened. I think I listened to the song maybe 30 times that day. I could write pages on this album. Just perfect”