Tokyo Police Club - Smith EP Record Label: Paper Bag Records
Release Date: October 23, 2007
Almost one year after the release of A Lesson In Crime, most people would have expected a full length from Tokyo Police Club. Instead, they released the four track Smith EP. The lack of a full length may have disappointed people, but the material on the Smith EP should not.
Both Box and Cut Cut Paste keep the same sound as most of A Lesson In Crime, but also improving on it. If the tracks are B-Sides, it's a shame they were left off of their debut EP seeing as the make at least half of A Lesson In Crime sound like B-sides.
A Lesson In Crime gives off the vibe that it is a rough demo. The song was most likely planned for the debut EP, which is hinted by it's title. It is a good thing that it was left off the album because it really does not fit in with any of the previously released tracks. The song is by no mean bad, but the use of just piano and vocals would have stuck out in a poor way on A Lesson In Crime.
This release won't necessarily bring in new fans, but will certainly tide fans over until the release of a full length. The first half of the Smith EP are great songs that could be used to introduce people into the band, while the second half are more likely to be enjoyed by the die-hard fans who want to hear every song ever released.