ALBUM REVIEW: The Lawrence Arms – Skeleton Coast | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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Released: 17.07.20

 

 

 

 

 

Sixth years have elapsed since Chicago trio The Lawrence Arms’ last long player. They had not split up, but have clearly been immersing in life’s eternal rollercoaster enough to come up with an energetic power-pop punk release that retains all those cool rough edges that their rivals lost.

The Lawrence Arms are an outfit that don’t waste time, as evidenced in each approximately three-minute nugget of sing-a-long charm. The maturity of a band which has been around for more than two decades betrays them in the classier tracks like Under Paris and Lose Control, both of which deviate from the unusually punchy riff on top of sometimes shouty lyrics of How To Rot or Goblin Fox Hunt. These contrasts make Skeleton Coast a worthy addition to the collection.

 

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