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Bouncing Souls: Ghosts on the BoardwalkGhosts on the Boardwalk (2010)
Reviewer Rating: 3
Contributed by: SloaneDaleySloaneDaley
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“Gasoline,” the opening song to the Bouncing Souls' 20th anniversary LP/collection, Ghosts on the Boardwalk, starts with the lyrics, "Sex and violence has lost its charm / I need something to amuse / War is boring, it’s not enough / I need a shock down to my shoes / Pedophile lust, tortured blood in the dust / take all you can/ As long as it’s on a TV screen/ Keep it away from my house, man.” While 2006’s The Gold Record was a poignant snapshot of living in a world of Bush-era politics, “Gasoline” eloquently conveys a shared desire to move beyond the empty propagation of fear that still goes on in the media and rhetoric of today. While the Souls have always been known for the reflection and reminiscing, Ghosts on the Boardwalk isn’t anywhere close to a complete departure from this, but the idea of mentally, emotionally and physically moving on is a prominent theme explored in many of the songs collected here.
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