Oh boy, once again it appears I have developed a hardcore crush on a new band. I will do my best to maintain my professionalism, or whatever is left of it. Meet She Was The Law, utterly fabulous band, and their self-titled album She Was The Law. Where to begin, I am so utterly smitten with this album. It is ripe with plucky alternative juice; my mouth puckers at the thought of what this album would taste like if it was a bottled beverage. Definitely an addictive blend of sweet and sour, no sugar added, it's not necessary.
The opening track, "Your Story" houses some absolutely incredible lyrics. It became a personal classic for me the first time I heard it. This was such an excellent introduction that gives you a solid impression of what you're in for and what the band is capable of. There was no other tracks on here that should have been in that opening spot and the fact that the band knew that, speaks volumes as to how in tune they are with WHAT they are.
Pegging a genre for this album could transform into a pastime of its own. It's sort of a pop alt-folk album. Now they'll say alt-country and I can concur with that, but man, there is so much here and it's all good. The vocals are strong in that they are endearing and broadly ranged and paired with sensational lyrics. Some of the harmonies will just eat you whole. A great example of their harmonic ability is "Man Pines" a great song that stands on a solid alt-country foundation with a rich narrative.
You want your heart to fall out of your chest and then be cradled in a warm blanket of sunshine? Go to track three, "August's Broken Heart." This rustic pop vibe (yes, this is one of my many attempts to peg these guys to a genre) is on its own level, This is a signature sound. These guys have made their own little mini bang to create a universe of their own and they have populated it with enough diverse gasses and elements for healthy and diverse lifeforms to grow there. They can be quirky, brokenhearted, utterly confused and still right on point almost every time.
This is one of those weird situations for me as a writer where I genuinely love something and I am at a loss for words. I could have written this review by just declaring, "this album is cool, don't argue with me, don't ask questions, just go check it out." Just give it a listen. If you're not a country fan, don't worry about it. Just shut up and try it anyway. I cannot express to She Was The Law how honored and excited I am that I got to review this album. There are days when I think I can't be surprised or impressed anymore and then I get an album like this and my faith in the world of music is restored. With that in mind, I'll end this review with a hearty thanks to the band.
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