Took almost an entire month, but it finally happened! Tonight is the first time I post a tipsy An Album A Day review in 2014...
The work day was unusually hellish, so I made it a point to enjoy several pints of Colorado's micro-brews at dinner time.
Want to quickly thank/dedicate this drunken entry to Jackie - who tipped me off the the Lawrence Arms about a week or so ago. When she told me that a band from Chicago was putting out their first album in 8 years, I assumed it would be one I knew.
Turns out I didn't and I've been totally sleeping on this band. I would describe the sound on this album as a very well produced Jawbreaker album...
I just listened to "Seventeener (17th and 37th)" and all I can think of was Blake Schwarzenbach... that and there's a lot to relate to as I'm dangerously closer to 37 - every second that slips by.
I can't get over how much I love the sleeve work on this album... the sound is also pretty rewarding. In addition to it reminding me of Jawbreaker, it kinda also reminds me of Street Light Manifesto - but without the horns.
I'm only half way through the record, so maybe a bull fight breaks out and I get to hear some horns.
Ever listen to a record and kinda hope that it has a "Bleed American" ending to it? By that I mean, you hear about a band who puts everything into an album and it turns out to be a monster release. I'm kinda hoping the guys on this record get to have said ending with the release of this record.
Stand out tracks:
- The Lawrence Arms – You Are Here
- The Lawrence Arms – Seventeener (17th and 37th)
- The Lawrence Arms – Drunk Tweets
- The Lawrence Arms – The YMCA Down The Street From The Clinic
- The Lawrence Arms – Paradise Shitty
- The Lawrence Arms – October Blood
- The Lawrence Arms – These Pigs Seem To Be Getting The Best Of Me
Artist: The Lawrence Arms
Producer: Matt Allison, The Lawrence Arms
Label: Epitaph Records