Real Ghosts Caught On Tape
SideOneDummy Records 
Fire Note Says: Fake Problems new LP pays off after repeat listens!
With each record you typically expect a band to evolve and that is exactly what you get from Fake Problems on their new album Real Ghosts Caught On Tape. The record might catch some fans by surprise, as it has only been a year and half since It's Great To Be Alive  was released but the stylistic change is very noticeable. The band has shifted down a gear from their more energized punk moments into a wider variety of indie rock tempos that draws from 60's groups, Phil Spector-equse production and even some current label mates. This more anthematic direction fits Fake Problems, as their lyrics back it up. "Songs For Teenagers" is truly memorable with the strolling line "Looking for drugs in all the wrong places" or the pump your fists in the air opener "ADT", as lead singer Chris Farren calls out "Tap tap your feet - to your heartbeat!" Real Ghosts Caught On Tape does not abandon all of Fake Problems earlier efforts as "5678" has a likable schizophrenic Modest Mouse vibe, while the record's first single "Soulless" has an exploding chorus that will make your feet tap well after its conclusion. Real Ghosts Caught On Tape may not be as consistent from beginning to end as It's Great To Be Alive was but some of its individual tracks represent some of Fake Problems best work to date. This simply means that this record takes a few more listens to identify with but fans should easily get on board with this overall solid effort!
Key Tracks: "Soulless", "Songs For Teenagers", "5678"
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Fake Problems: It's Great To Be Alive [Fire Note Review 2/23/09]
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-Reviewed by Christopher Anthony