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The Legal Matters

Review by Gary Hill

If you like good pop rock with both retro and modern elements, this is for you. It’s got quite a selection of catchy tunes. They even turn it a bit meatier at times.

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Track by Track Review
Rite of Spring

The Beatles, The Beach Boys and power pop all seem to merge on this energized pop tune. It’s a lot of fun.

This is very much like The Beatles, but with a bit of a modern edge. It’s another effective pop song.
Have You Changed Your Mind?
A mellower number, this is just another good pop rock song. It’s not as strong as the two openers, though.
The Legend of Walter Wright
Although this does have some punky, psychedelic rock guitar sounds, it’s another melodic pop rock tune. It’s quite power pop in nature, really.
Mary Anne
This mellow balladic piece is based on a piano melody. It’s got a lot of that 1960s vibe going on really.
It's Not What I Say
Seeming more tied to the present than to the past, this is a more serious, but no less effective cut. It’s less pop and more mellow rock. It’s also very strong. This might be my favorite song here.
Before We Get It Right
This seems to land somewhere between that more serious rock angle and the pop side of the spectrum. It’s another highlight of the set.
So Long Sunny Days
A slower, mellower cut, this is another that feels like it would have been at home in the 1960s.
Outer Space
This has kind of a more modern pop rock sound. It’s catchy and jangly and fun.
We Were Enemies
With a lot of space rock type sounds, this is a powerful psychedelic power pop piece.
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