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Lawrence Arms

Oh! Calcutta!

Fat Wreck Chords 703

Released on March 7, 2006



Anyone who’s seen them play knows that it’s a party, and Oh! Calcutta!, is a carefully crafted extension of that party made especially for you! Don’t get the wrong idea, this is a proper studio album, it just has something that a lot of albums lack, certain intensity. Compared to great threepiece bands like Jawbreaker, and the more contemporary Alkaline Trio, THE LAWRENCE ARMS further develop their frantic version of ornate Midwestern power pop with this release. Cohesion between co-vocalists (Chris and Brendan) makes for the band’s best album to date. Alcohol-induced stories of friendship and love, spattered with literary references, and jokes on pop culture permeate the lyrical content of the album. Even a nod to the 80’s author Judy Bloom is dished with "Are You There Margaret? It’s Me, God."

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Average Customer Rating: 4.5 with 23 reviews (See Below)
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Song Titles
# Song Name Popularity
1 The Devil's Takin' Names Voted #2  14%
2 Cut It Up  7%
3 Great Lakes/Great Escapes  11%
4 Recovering The Opposable Thumb Voted #3  12%
5 Beyond The Embarrassing Style  5%
6 Are You There Margaret? It's Me, God Voted #1  18%
7 Jumping The Shark  4%
8 Lose Your Illusion 1  7%
9 Requiem Revisted  5%
10 Key To The City  7%
11 Old Dogs Never Die  4%
12 Like A Recod Player  7%
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Dallin from Rexburg, ID 
Feb 5 2010 Rating: 5/5 Stars

I had only had Apathy and Exaustion before this. It was good but it lacked the punch that I was looking for, it's a much more mellow album. I finally got this album and I can't stop listening to it. If you want fast and edgy, this is a really good album.

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Jesse from Lacombe, AB Canada 
Nov 21 2009 Rating: 5/5 Stars

A really good Cd. It makes a nice introduction to TLA. The majority of these songs are sung by both Brendan and Chris, unlike their older albums which were usually sung by one person on each track. Highly recommended.

Best Songs: Jumping The Shark, Great Lakes/Great Escapes, and Like A Record Player with the awesome acoustic hidden song after it.

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Guy from Carmel, NY 
Jan 3 2009 Rating: 5/5 Stars

I really love this album. All the songs are really solid at minimum and some are just outright amazing. So many great songs that never get old. Intense, energetic songs that I feel like singing along and rocking out to everytime I hear them.

Buy this album and check out other Lawrence Arms albums if you liked this one.

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Alex from Marquette, MI 
Oct 15 2008 Rating: 5/5 Stars

Oh! calcutta is an amazing listen. Fast songs, Slower songs, some different from what they normally do. It is one of those cds you can play over and over and find something better about it each listen. One of my top favorite bands, i own all of their cd's this is def. one of their better albums.

Although, if you are just getting into the lawrence arms i suggest starting on something before this cd. Apathy and exhaustion or ghost stories and work your way to this one. or you could just buy and enjoy them all!!!

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Shari from Bolingbrook, IL 
Jul 22 2007 Rating: 3/5 Stars


I liked the alternating styles of The Greatest Story Ever Told. I actually really liked the "emo" songs on TGSET too. This CD is alot faster and old school. It has that Chicago sound. If you like old styled straight forward punk then this is a great CD. For a generic description.....Think a bit faster and heavier old school Green Day sung by the guy frm Horace Pinker. If you like old Green Day-88 Fingers Louie-The Alkaline Trio-Horace Pinker or even Bane youll like this. Im more into metal and hardcore but I still enjoy all of The lawrence Arms stuff

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Isaac from Linwood, ON Canada 
Apr 27 2007 Rating: 3/5 Stars

Weak. This CD is mostly garbage except Great Lakes/Great Escapes and Beyond the Embarrasing Style. I hate songs like Jumping the Shark. THey could have improved on this CD alot

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Matt from Pittsburgh, PA 
Feb 12 2007 Rating: 5/5 Stars

Like every other Lawrence Arms record, this rocks hard enough to make your face explode in a pleasant way. It's certainly stripped down and gritty compared to Greatest Story Ever Told, which is a nice, energetic change. Lots of catchy choruses and great lyrics as usual. These guys don't make bad records.

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Lauren from Henderson, NV 
Sep 27 2006 Rating: 5/5 Stars

This is the best Lawrence Arms album. Brendan and Chris flow really well together on this cd and the musicianship is amazing. Clever lyrics with great delivery. Just an all around brilliant record. Made me fall in love with the Arms all over again.

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Forrest from Collegeville, MN 
Sep 17 2006 Rating: 5/5 Stars

I would say this album is better than Greatest Story Ever Told, the singers go smoothly together for once and do great transitions. This album is very energetic and I listen to it all the time.

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Brian from Honolulu, HI 
Sep 13 2006 Rating: 5/5 Stars

If no the best Lawrence Arms cd definatly second place.... i personally am in love with both this and apathy. fuck all their shit is good

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