here's to the mourning

here's to the mourning

艺人:unwritten law

发行时间:2005-02-01

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Despite scoring a modern rock radio hit with 2002´s "Seein´ Red," Unwritten Law were left without a record deal soon after their commercial breakthrough. They landed on Lava for 2003´s all-acoustic Music in High Places, but were sidetracked again by the departure of drummer and band co-founder Wade Youman. It was a run of bad luck, to be sure. But the stretch also distinguishes the Unwritten Law of 2005 from their swaggering punk-pop past. On Here´s to the Mourning, they blend spluttering electronic programming and acoustic elements into crashing guitars for "Get Up," "Rejections Cold," and "F.I.G.H.T."; move into slick, anthemic pop on "Because of You"; and...展开全部»

Despite scoring a modern rock radio hit with 2002´s "Seein´ Red," Unwritten Law were left without a record deal soon after their commercial breakthrough. They landed on Lava for 2003´s all-acoustic Music in High Places, but were sidetracked again by the departure of drummer and band co-founder Wade Youman. It was a run of bad luck, to be sure. But the stretch also distinguishes the Unwritten Law of 2005 from their swaggering punk-pop past. On Here´s to the Mourning, they blend spluttering electronic programming and acoustic elements into crashing guitars for "Get Up," "Rejections Cold," and "F.I.G.H.T."; move into slick, anthemic pop on "Because of You"; and even tap songwriting pro Linda Perry for help on the single "Save Me (Wake Up Call)." The emphasis on Scott Russo´s brash vocal and lyrics certainly gives material like "Save Me" and "I Like the Way" a swagger. ("I got a cyclone woman," he sings on the latter, "And she´s cookin´ up a pound of thrills.") But like Good Charlotte did with Chronicles of Life and Death, Unwritten Law busily feature as many punchy dance beats, keyboard drop-ins, and filtered vocal layers as they do screaming guitars. The expanded palette moves them away from punk-pop and establishes something more widely accessible ? a composite of loud guitar excitement and predictable but effective enough melodies, tied together with stories of hard living, easy loving, and the occasional romantic notion. ("Come entertain us/So stupid it´s contagious," one passage sneers knowingly, but another rhymes "Because of you" with "dreams come true.") The end product can coast on Russo´s charisma, top-tier production, and a handful of solid melodies. But it lacks heart, having perhaps gone too far in its bid to spread out the sound. Here´s to the Mourning wipes Unwritten Law´s old slate clean; problem is, it doesn´t write anything very memorable in its place.

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