Elva

Elva

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by Unwritten Law
     
 

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Taking a cue from fellow alternative pop bands like Everclear, Unwritten Law beefs up its production and plays with its trademark sound on Elva. The band is moving farther away from the anemic punk rock that made it a critical bull's-eye in the '90s, and the newer pop direction fits Unwritten Law's abilities perfectly. The only real issue with the album is theSee more details below

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Taking a cue from fellow alternative pop bands like Everclear, Unwritten Law beefs up its production and plays with its trademark sound on Elva. The band is moving farther away from the anemic punk rock that made it a critical bull's-eye in the '90s, and the newer pop direction fits Unwritten Law's abilities perfectly. The only real issue with the album is the generic way the band approaches most of the rock songs. Slower, more weighty songs like "Seein' Red" get the maximum treatment because of their knack for building to a strong chorus. But the rockers tend to start with all guns blazing, just to fizzle out after a few verses. There are obvious exceptions, especially the excellent "Mean Girl," which packs a powerful punch around the chorus, and "Nick & Phil" stays interesting due to the raging vocals contrasting with the syrupy background vocals. But then there are songs like "Rescue Me," which does not maintain energy because of the overly smooth chorus that follows the Jawbox-esque verses. Still, to see Unwritten Law attempting new things is always comforting, especially when the band is good at them. From the reggae-tinged "How You Feel" to the Soul Asylum country-rock of "Rest of My Life," there is a lot here that branches out from the group's previous sound, and it is this variety and catchiness that makes this a recommendation for fans of alternative pop bands.

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Editorial Reviews

Rolling Stone - Matt Diehl
...the stylistic diversity on Elva provides some dizzying fun, and the hooks fly fast and furious, like No Doubt overdosing on testosterone - more proof that, when it comes to punk, rules are made to be broken."

Product Details

Release Date:
01/29/2002
Label:
Interscope Records
UPC:
0606949313920
catalogNumber:
493139

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Unwritten Law   Primary Artist
Michael Fisher   Indian Percussion
Josh Freese   Drums
Miguel   Guitar
Steve Morris   Guitar
Neville Staple   Vocals
John Shanks   Guitar,Slide Guitar
Wade Youman   Drums
Scott Russo   Vocals
Tony Kanal   Bass
Marshall Goodman   Percussion
Rob Brewer   Guitar
Allday   Vocals
PK   Guitar

Technical Credits

Mark Baldwin   Art Direction,Cover Painting
Eddie Ashworth   Engineer
Daniel Chase   Digital Editing
Marc DeSisto   Engineer
Brian Gardner   Mastering
Miguel   Producer
Unwritten Law   Producer
John Shanks   Producer
Steven R. Gilmore   Art Direction,Cover Design,Drawing
Wade Youman   Artwork,Art Direction
Josh Abraham   Producer
Tal Herzberg   Digital Editing
Tobias Miller   Engineer
Baraka   Digital Editing
Ekaterina Kenney   Contributor

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