The Lawrence Arms
Ghost Stories


3.5
great

Review

by Robert Lowe CONTRIBUTOR (87 Reviews)
September 14th, 2012 | 80 replies | 2,564 views


Release Date: 2000 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The Lawrence Arms continue their ascent to the top of the punk food chain with the great Ghost Stories

After the less than stellar debut album A Guided Tour Of Chicago hit shelves, The Lawrence Arms needed their next album to be brilliant to finally match the formal glory of the boy's previous band The Broadways. Did the band's second album Ghost Stories meet these expectations? Well no, but it's still a great album and a worthy edition to any punk's discography who just can't get enough Larry Arms.

On Ghost Stories The Lawrence Arms inch closer to their future trademark sound. This release is catchier and has some better tunes than their debut, but it still doesn't live up to later releases. The biggest addition is that Chris sings lead on 2 or 3 songs instead of the whopping zero he sang lead on the debut. Chris' songs stand out on Ghost Stores because they're catchier and have more interesting instrumentation and structure. Chris was also finally starting to find his voice, but don't get me wrong, he still sounds rougher than socks made out of sand paper, but it's still a step up to how he sounded on A Guided Tour Of Chicago and with The Broadways. Chris' major contributions "Turnstyles" and "Light Breathing" gives a taste of the direction that band would be going in on their next album, and the much needed dichotomy between the singers/songwriters that make The Lawrence Arms truly special.

While Ghost Stories is great, it isn't really essential, even for Lawrence Arms fans. The band was still very rough and still searching for their sound, plus the best songs (Turnstyles and the brilliant four part closer) were re-recorded for the band's b-sides release Cocktails and Dreams. Ghost Stories would have been more appreciated when it came out because honestly it just doesn't live up to the band's later works. Ghost Stories is an album that if released by another band it would have received more attention, but unfortunately it will only be known as the second weakest album by the best band in the scene, but I suppose that's good enough.



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Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
September 13th 2012



49955 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Don't worry the next one (From Here To Infirmary) will be longer

Digging: Empire! Empire! (I Was a Lonely Estate) - You Will Eventually Be Forgotten

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
September 13th 2012



49955 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Thanks buddy

Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
September 13th 2012



18225 Comments


too heavy

Digging: Syndrone - Salmataxia

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
September 13th 2012



49955 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

yeah

Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
September 13th 2012



18225 Comments


idk that ones pretty sweet cone is a gr8 writer

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
September 13th 2012



49955 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Where are all the punx

Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
September 13th 2012



18225 Comments


hep kat n pit took them away

tom79
September 13th 2012



3365 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Good review man, this is a great album. Light Breathing, Ghost Stories, 106 South are some of my favorite Larry Arms tunes. I saw them on Sunday and it was awesome.

Digging: David Dondero - South of the South

YoYoMancuso
September 13th 2012



10994 Comments


"i like your sandpaper sock analogy"

i was just about to say that. anyway, really well-written, you're really pumping out these reviews. pos'd

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
September 13th 2012



49955 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Thanks brosef

WeepingBanana
September 13th 2012



10075 Comments


yeah i haven't heard this or guided tour but sweet review

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
September 13th 2012



49955 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

They're only worth it if you really can't get enough larry arms

KILL
September 13th 2012



71087 Comments


poo

Digging: David Axelrod - Song of Innocence

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
September 13th 2012



49955 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Just wait for my epicloud review

KILL
September 13th 2012



71087 Comments


holy shit i am pumped already

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
September 13th 2012



49955 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

!!!

Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
September 13th 2012



18225 Comments


stokes has bad teeth

KILL
September 13th 2012



71087 Comments


same

TimeTraveller
September 13th 2012



226 Comments


I'm from Portsmouth, do I have bad teeth as well?

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
September 13th 2012



49955 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

My teeth are pretty rad but I did have braces




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