Song of the Day #1,672: ‘The House That Heaven Built’ – Japandroids

japandroidsI feel so woefully out of the loop when I write these Pazz & Jop blog entries. What on earth is a Japandroid?

I like the name, anyway, and I’m hopefully assuming that this won’t be another Marvin Gaye-wannabe. Time to give a listen to ‘The House That Heaven Built,’ entry #5 on the singles list.

Sigh. Well, at least that was boring in a different way.

This sounds like something from a decade or so back, when The Strokes were all the rage. It has that lo-fi garage band vibe, where it doesn’t matter exactly what the notes are so long as you play them loud.

I didn’t like it then, either.

What am I missing, though? Set aside Carly Rae Jepsen for a minute… is there really a critical consensus that these songs by Usher, Miguel, Frank Ocean and Japandroids represent the best music released last year? The Shins and Fiona Apple alone released a dozen songs apiece better than every one of these.

When the soul of the city
Was laid to rest
And the nights forgotten and left for dead

I happened on a house
Built of living light
Where everything evil dissapears and dies

When they love you, and they will
Tell ‘em all they’ll love in my shadow
And if they try to slow you down
Tell ‘em all to go to hell

I settled in slowly, to this house that you call home
To blood and breath, fear, flesh and bone

Oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh

Well shove our bodies in the heat of the night
All day the day after, blood in the skies

Oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh

When they love you, and they will
Tell em all they’ll love in my shadow
And if they try to slow you down
Tell em all to go to hell

Its a lifeless life, with no fixed address to give
But you’re not mine to die for anymore
So I must live

Born of a bottle, from heavens hand
And now you know and here I am

Oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh

When they love you, and they will
Tell em all they’ll love in my shadow
And if they try to slow you down
Tell em all to go to hell

When the love Me and they will
Ill tell em all the love in your shadow
And if they try to slow me down
Ill tell em all to go to hell

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One thought on “Song of the Day #1,672: ‘The House That Heaven Built’ – Japandroids

  1. Dana says:

    Oy, I have zero patience for this crap.

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