Lay Down the Law

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All Music Guide - Jason MacNeil
The Strokes and the Killers are the kind of bands that critics and fans know instantly; there is something unique and great about their music. It can rarely be described but it's a bit like the audible equivalent of pornography: you know it when you hear it. This is the case with British band Switches, who are immediately on with the brilliant kickstarter "Drama Queen." Sounding like some collage of Franz Ferdinand and the Darkness, the group then venture into more solid rock & roll with the terribly tight, guitar-heavy "Snakes & Ladders." The guitar work from singers and axe men Matt Bishop and Ollie Thomas is top-notch and packs a lot of bite. But perhaps the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jason MacNeil
The Strokes and the Killers are the kind of bands that critics and fans know instantly; there is something unique and great about their music. It can rarely be described but it's a bit like the audible equivalent of pornography: you know it when you hear it. This is the case with British band Switches, who are immediately on with the brilliant kickstarter "Drama Queen." Sounding like some collage of Franz Ferdinand and the Darkness, the group then venture into more solid rock & roll with the terribly tight, guitar-heavy "Snakes & Ladders." The guitar work from singers and axe men Matt Bishop and Ollie Thomas is top-notch and packs a lot of bite. But perhaps the song of 2008 will be the dance-rock jewel "Lay Down the Law," that brings to mind a cousin of "Take Me Out." While it's a hard song to top, Switches don't embarrass themselves with yet another great track, "Coming Down," which has a certain influence from the Cars despite sounding very contemporary. Even "Give Up the Ghost" shines, although it is a slower, more deliberate affair with some moody arrangements, while "The Need to Be Needed" is a snarling, strut-filled, and cocksure rocker that works very well. Probably the second big highlight is the summer single "Every Second Counts," which finds the band not wasting a second of the song, resulting in another gem. The consistency of the album is its greatest trait, with another keeper coming in the form of the tight, infectious "Lovin' It." One of the better albums of 2008 without question.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/18/2008
  • Label: Interscope Records
  • UPC: 602517487628
  • Catalog Number: 001013002
  • Sales rank: 346,002

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Drama Queen (2:57)
  2. 2 Snakes and Ladders (3:35)
  3. 3 Lay Down the Law (2:43)
  4. 4 Coming Down (3:16)
  5. 5 The Need to Be Needed (3:32)
  6. 6 Message from Yuz (2:39)
  7. 7 Every Second Counts (3:30)
  8. 8 Stepkids in Love (3:17)
  9. 9 Lovin' It (3:38)
  10. 10 Killer Karma (3:57)
  11. 11 Testify (4:21)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Switches Primary Artist
Jimmy G. Drums, Hand Clapping, Group Member
Steve Godfrey Hand Clapping, Group Member
Matt Bishop Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Percussion, Piano, Vocals, Hand Clapping, Mellotron, Moog Bass, Group Member
Ollie Thomas Guitar, Piano, Vocals, Background Vocals, Hand Clapping, E-bow, Group Member
Max Tite Bass, Hand Clapping, Group Member
Ollie Thomas Guitar, Vocals
Jimmy G Drums
Technical Credits
Ted Jensen Mastering
Rob Schnapf Producer, Audio Production
Doug Boehm Engineer
Dyana Kass Director
Switches Composer
Johnny Swing & The Dirty Rats Digital Editing
Bishop Lyricist
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Band to Watch!

    If you're looking for a band that's is just out right fun? Buy this CD! These guys put fun into Britpop/rock! The lyrics and music will leave you humming along and then stopping and asking yourself, "Did they really just sing that?" (And, they're even better live! Had the chance to see them as part of the line up for CD101 Day in Columbus, Ohio. And, to quote The band, I really was "Lovin' It!)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A reviewer

    i got to see them live on their tour with the bravery and they were amazing!!! there wasn't much of a difference between the live set and their recorded stuff. you don't see that with some of bands and its a major plus. it has a great energy so it's perfect for getting you moving and can put you in a better mood.

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