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Japandroids, 'Near to the Wild Heart of Life'
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Japandroids, 'Near to the Wild Heart of Life'

We Say: Even when they were screaming Vancouver scrappers recording songs like "Darkness at the Edge of Gastown," you knew there was a classic rock act at the punk heart of Japandroids. On their third LP, that band is out of the closet. "It got me all fired up, to go far away/And make some ears ring from the sound of my singing, baby!" hollers Brian King on the title track. The song's about a kid leaving behind his small-ass town for big-ass dreams, and when the voices harmonize on the "whoa-oh!"s, thick with top-shelf reverb, you hear every cheeseball Eighties pop-metal chorus chant in history distilled and vindicated. It's awesome.

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