LAWRENCE ARMS, THE: Apathy and Exhaustion: CD

This is poppy, punky, spastic, and snotty as all get-up! Crunchy guitar rhythms are perfectly complemented by sporadic sky-rocketing leads, a slap-happy display of wooden barrel drumbeats, and a rapid-fire succession of bursting bass bombardments. The vocals are gravelly, yet harmoniously pristine. Indeed, the intricately structured songs of The Lawrence Arms are heavily textured in rich swirls of well-blended melody, but they possess the utmost of unbridled energy, youthful exuberance, and fervent frenetic passion. I found this to be an immensely enjoyable listening experience of which I won’t soon forget. It’s aurally flawless!

 –guest (Fat)