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The Lawrence Arms - Skeleton Coast (July 17, 2020) Album • Page 4

Discussion in 'Music Forum' started by Drew Beringer, Jul 1, 2020.

  1. ZooZooChaCha

    Trusted Supporter

    Find myself enjoying the Chris songs on this one more. Have to give it more time, but that initial reaction might be more to do with we don’t get to hear too much from him, whereas Brendan has his solo stuff & The Falcon in the last couple of years.

    I’d go:

    Oh! Calcutta!
    Greatest Story
    Skeleton Coast
    Cocktails & Dreams
    Ghost Stories
    Guided Tour
  2. xmilesross


    This is going to fall into the top 3 for me right behind Greatest Story and Oh Calcutta, without question
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  3. terps12


    Hard to even rank for me:

    Greatest Story
    Metropole/Skeleton Coast
    Ghost Stories
    Guided Tour of Chicago

    The top 5 genuinely will alternate depending on mood. Putting Metropole and Skeleton Coast at 4/5 seems low given how much I love Metropole and am loving Skeleton Coast thus far, but it's hard to replace any of the top 3.

    If we're ranking side/solo stuff:

    Four Five One Two
    I'd Rather Die
    Gather Up The Chaps
    Keep Walkin' Pal
    We Chase the Waves
    Neon Fiction

    Funny -- I'm more of a BK guy when it comes to side stuff but I think my top 10 TLA songs skew towards Chris 6/4.
  4. AshlandATeam


    Not sure why anyone cares, but I’m trying to do this slowly so I don’t just have knee-jerk reactions:

    “Oh! Calcutta!’ is totally fine, but not something that’s really resonating with me or sticking. I don’t dislike it, but if that had been my introduction to the band, I may not have ever listened again.

    ‘Metropole’ is a 10/10. It definitely reminds me of the Gaslight Anthem some, which is always a good things since they’re the greatest band in the world. But mainly, it just stands out as something that has a lot of elements of other stuff I like, but comes together as its own thing. I absolutely love it.

    ‘Skeleton Coast’ keeps getting better and better with each lesson and remains a contender for AOTY.

    Discovering this band has been a really great, random thing this past week. I think at least those two records will be ones that are with me for years, and there’s more to check out!
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  5. JaytotheGee

    Trusted Prestigious

    Based on this you'll probably love Greatest Story as well

    Oh Calcutta was my introduction to the band and definitely remains my favorite with Metropole and Greatest Story very close behind
  6. TomG

    Regular Supporter

    Did you get to Greatest Story Ever Told yet?
  7. Anthony_

    A (Cancelled) Dork Prestigious

    It's probably recency bias but I'm almost ready to put Skeleton Coast at #2 behind Apathy. I think it's that good right off the bat.
  8. AshlandATeam


    The Greatest Story Ever Told is next! I’m trying to resist just plowing through the discography and then it blurring together.
  9. JaytotheGee

    Trusted Prestigious

    Very stoked for this

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  10. Evolution Kid

    I may be going broke, but I'm never broken down. Prestigious

  11. rbsfeatures


    I feel like I should like Greatest Story, but I don't really. For me the last three albums (and the EP) are the best. They have just improved so much from O!C! onwards (IMO). Understand if people who were on the ride from the start have emotional attachments to the older albums though
  12. TomG

    Regular Supporter

    What was the first album you got into by them? I remember I got Apathy and Exhaustion and liked it and was loosely paying attention when Greatest Story was about to come out. When it did, it blew me away how much they grew and I’ve been hooked since. It separated them from some of the standard Fat Wreck sound at the time.
  13. rbsfeatures


    Was Metropole for me. A friend of mine who has been a big fan for a long time loves the older stuff but gave it a few listens and couldn't get into it bar the odd song or two (100 Resolutions, Are you there Margaret?) Then with Metropole I feel like they jumped forward light-years.

    Metropole for me is lyrically fantastic (in this regard better than Skeleton Coast too), especially Brendan's songs. From there I went back and O!C! grew on me a fair bit, but compared to how good they sound now, the older stuff (Greatest Story, Apathy) feels way less complete and well-rounded like the newer songs do. Metropole sounds like them at their very, very best in every aspect. Also Chris's vocals are so more listenable now, so much crisper.
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  14. OhTheWater

    Let it run Supporter

    I really like the vocal effect in How to Rot
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  15. Elder Lightning

    Forever a Lake Effect Kid Supporter

    I once got to see The Lawrence Arms, The Falcon, and Sundowner all perform in the same night and it was glorious.
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  16. Evolution Kid

    I may be going broke, but I'm never broken down. Prestigious

    Very jealous.
  17. Michael Schmidt

    Don't recreate the scene, or reinvent the meanings Supporter

    You were at the Taco Bell tour!
  18. Steve_JustAGuy


    Forgot this came out and have finally worked my way around to it. It's good!
  19. JaytotheGee

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  20. razorburn


    Well, this finally clicked with me.

    It'd been the only Larry Arms album I'd had trouble getting into. Seems to rank pretty highly now, though.