Here's to the Mourning [Clean Lyrics]

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All Music Guide - Johnny Loftus
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Johnny Loftus
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. [The album was also released in an editied-for-content version.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/1/2005
  • Label: Lava
  • UPC: 075679380920
  • Catalog Number: 93809

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Intro (0:49)
  2. 2 Get Up (4:12)
  3. 3 Celebration Song (3:40)
  4. 4 Because of You (3:04)
  5. 5 Lost Control (2:53)
  6. 6 Save Me (Wakeup Call) (3:31)
  7. 7 I Like the Way (2:59)
  8. 8 Slow Dance (3:11)
  9. 9 She Says (3:58)
  10. 10 Rejections Cold (4:00)
  11. 11 F.I.G.H.T. (2:48)
  12. 12 Walrus (11:17)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Unwritten Law Primary Artist
Steve Morris Guitar, Background Vocals, Group Member
John Krovoza Cello
Adrian Young Drums
Scott Russo Guitar, Vocals, Group Member
Rob Brewer Guitar, Group Member
Tony Palermo Drums, Group Member
Pat Kim Bass, Bass Guitar, Group Member
Tom Vos Violin
Technical Credits
Critter Engineer
Steve Morris Composer
Linda Perry Composer, Producer
Sean Beavan Producer, Engineer, Audio Production
Scott Russo Composer, Lyricist
Josh Abraham Producer
Rob Brewer Composer
Phil Jamieson Composer, Lyricist
Pat Kim Composer
Aimee Allen Composer, Lyricist
Zack Barnhorst Engineer
Ben Rosen Programming
John Gill Illustrations, Cover Painting
Les Borsai Management
Brian "Big Bass" Gardner Mastering
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