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Unwritten Law

Unwritten Law: Music In High PlacesMusic In High Places (2003)

Reviewer Rating: 4

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Unwritten Law's newest effort is definitely a departure from the norm.¬† It was recorded live (except for the final track, Shallow) at Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming for MTV's ‚??Music In High Places', and the album sports that same name.¬† The location of the performance is not the only unusual detail of the album, the entire show was done acoustic, and the results were stellar.

Being a fan of Unwritten Law, and a fan of acoustic music, I was excited when I heard that they would have such a performance, let alone release a CD of it.¬† I wasn't sure what to expect, however, because I am not at all impressed with their live shows.¬† They always seem lethargic on stage, like they don't want to be there.¬† Fortunately, that wasn't the case with this album whatsoever, it flat-out rocks‚?¶..in a mellow way.

First off, the sound quality of this CD is very impressive.¬† It is well produced and sounds great.¬† The songs selected for the show are Unwritten Law's slower tracks, with the exception of ‚??Blame It On Me'.¬† It should also be noted that there are no gimmicks, such as strings or piano added to any of the songs.¬† It is just to band playing their songs with acoustic instruments, and they really shine.

Speaking of ‚??Blame It On Me', it is done incredibly well.¬† Its hard to believe that they pulled it off, but it sounds great.¬† Other standout tracks are ‚??Shallow', ‚??Before I Go', ‚??Callin', and ‚??Rescue me'.¬† Seein' Red and Up All Night are included, but they do not stand out.

There isn't much else to say about this album, there is no new material, so all the songs will be familiar to anyone who owns their last two releases, with the exception of Shallow.  Overall, I would have to say I am glad I bought this CD, I find it well worth the hard-earned cash.  I would recommend this to anyone who either likes Unwritten Law, or acoustic music in general.  I give it an 8 because it is great, but not groundbreaking.  Definitely a good buy though.


  1. Before I Go
  2. Rest Of My Life
  3. Seein' Red
  4. Up All Night
  5. Blame It On Me
  6. Geronimo
  7. Callin
  8. Rescue Me
  9. Elva
  10. How You Feel
  11. Shallow


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Anonymous (January 8, 2004)

This is an OK band,but this album rocks. "Seein' Red", for example, is an annoying song, but acoustically done, it's 10 times better. I can listen to this whole album through, a rarity for me and UL albums.

Anonymous (January 30, 2003)

I for one like Unwritten Law,but then again,with the exception of Up All Night,Seein Red,and Rest of My Life,I have yet to hear the new CD.I loved the selftitled,and challenge anyone to say that it was horrible.You may not like it much,but you have to admit it was good.I would like to see the tracks Superman,CPK,Lonesome,Teengae Suicide,World War 3,and pretty much the entire s/t.

Also,I've seen em 3 times,and the last time Scott was fuckin wasted,and continually drank throughout the show,yet it was still amazing,I like UL despite what you people say.

Does anyone else get reminded of Seth Green everytime they seee Scott ?

Anonymous (January 29, 2003)

hahahahahahahahahahah! You made me wet myself...again! I already did once today but we'll talk about that later!

BostonMusicGuy (January 28, 2003)

Wow, that was either the most sarcastic comment ive ever heard oor one of the stupidest... either way, very entertaining.-BostonMusicGuy

Anonymous (January 28, 2003)

The Casualties could learn a thing or two from these guys. the bottom line is, unwritten law is the love child of such prolific punk bands as The Germs, The Sex Pistols, and even Minor Threat! i'm so fuckin sick of these bands like the Circle Jerks and the U.S. Bombs that have to always follow the latest trends that MTV sets. Unwritten Law is a breath of fresh air. i admire their complete defiance of mainstream.

sloppyblake (January 28, 2003)

scott has been like that way forever. i have known him since i use to hang out at soma. he is good at hackie sack though...

BostonMusicGuy (January 28, 2003)

Seein Red I actually found kind of catchy and fun. But I dont like much of their other stuff. Lonesome (is that a song they sing??) and Sorry are pretty good though. As for the Sum41 tribute band... that a bunch of horse shit. They dont deserve a cover band nevermind a tribute band... or album or whatever. As for the guy being a douche bag at Molson Sno Jam in Boston... I agree.-BostonMusicGuy

Anonymous (January 27, 2003)

i thought the song was CAILIN? and why hasnt anyone mentioned teenage suicide.. that was the first song i heard by them.

evilmidget2 (January 27, 2003)

ha. you think a sum 41 tribute band is bad? here in atlanta, (maybe theyre national, i dunno) there is a dave matthews cover band called just that, and theyre actually popular

Anonymous (January 27, 2003)

I dunno, I thought Elva was pretty good. It was a pretty diverse album and it's something that can't be digested in a couple listens.

Anonymous (January 27, 2003)

fuckin sucks PERIOD

Anonymous (January 27, 2003)

I just saw pennywise playing hawaii on that "wild on" show....it was pretty funny, just a quick glimpse of some random band playing in the background and, what do ya know, I see Jim up there. Thought that was worth mentioning.

turdcorn (January 27, 2003)

Sux. What ever happened to "Blue Room"? I saw these guys open up Pennywie in '95 and were awsome. Now they sound like a Pepsi commercial.

evilash (January 27, 2003)

They were sweet, who remebers thet?

Anonymous (January 26, 2003)

"I don't think, for one, it's an artist's job to be the perfect role model to kids"

Notice the "don't" in there... Idiot.

Anonymous (January 26, 2003)

oooppps...forgot the j didn't i!

Anonymous (January 26, 2003)

"Job" to be a role model?! What?! dude, grow up. This guy is a moron, but if he want's to light a plant and smoke it through his mouth then fine....what's the big fucking deal, I don't do it...but what the hell is wrong with someone wanting to? Nothing, if they don't get high through weed, they'll probably try something that IS legal and even more dangerous.....like anything with a fume. Damn, marauana laws are pathetic.

Anonymous (January 26, 2003)

Lame ass shit.

Anonymous (January 26, 2003)

I don't think, for one, it's an artist's job to be the perfect role model to kids... But smoking a blunt on stage when the average age of the bands audience is probably still in middel school is pretty fucking stupid. I dont have a problem with weed... I'm no Straight-Edge fanatic who goes around beating up people for what they like to do... But that's really fucking irresponsible of him. Good thing I always thought this band sucked.

Anonymous (January 25, 2003)

I saw unwritten law in boston in september opening for the Mighty Mighty Bosstones at molson snowjam. I don't know who the lead singer is but he is the biggest douchebag i've ever seen in my life. First of all he was smoking a big fat blunt on stage and bragging about it. You know how many kids were there who liked this guy for their one hit? I can't count that high. Second of all he took off his shirt and his pants were almost low enough to see his tiny little penis. IT WAS COLD AND RAINING. Third of all he wasn't even singing half of the songs. But the thing that really pissed me off...when the crowd became completly uninterested he said "You all payed your money to come see me so have a good time" THIS IS BOSTON...HOME OF THE FUCKIN BOSSTONES...NOBODY CAME TO SEE YOUR PUNK ASS AND YOUR ONE LITTLE HIT...he needs a reality check bigtime. I also saw Simple Plan before unwritten law came on. Its amazing how things change in 4-5 months. First they open for uw and the bosstones, now its "TRL Presents" Simple plan.

Anonymous (January 25, 2003)

I love this cd. its a killer cd and not every song is off elva. just 8 out of 11 and its a must have for a unwritten law fan.

Anonymous (January 25, 2003)

im not really seeing double-time punk songs from their back catologues really working out all too well. it sounds weird.

Anonymous (January 25, 2003)

shinging, huh? brilliant....

Anonymous (January 25, 2003)


Anonymous (January 25, 2003)


My god... The mentality of these people is shinging through with spelling and grammar. This band sucks.

Anonymous (January 25, 2003)

There's a Sum 41 tribute album?

Are you bullshiting? Aren't those twats only a few years old? I thought tribute albums were supposed to show how much a band contributes to a musical genre... How did Sum41 that? And they also think they're better than the Damned... Fucking disgraces...

IlikeSKA (January 25, 2003)

hard to imagine Unwritten Law "lethargic" on stage...whenever i see them they always seem excited and ready to rock out. when i saw them once they claimed it was their 666th live show...i cant even remember what day it is, if i was in a band i wouldnt be able to keep up with how many shows we played...ok, done being random......

Anonymous (January 25, 2003)

"agreeal"? you're shitting me right? please say that you're joking or that you have some kind of clinical disorder

dumbest comment ever

bruceless (January 24, 2003)

I'm in agreeal (not a word?) with the general belief. A lot of the songs shine, but this would be a much stronger album with a wider variety of songs spanning their catalogue... I would have loved to hear songs like Harmonic or Rejected.

lawrencearms217 (January 24, 2003)

Now where the hell is that Deftones In High Places CD they have been talking about?

Anonymous (January 24, 2003)

yea not 10 of the 11 songs were off Elva. "Before I Go", "Cailin", and "Shallow" are all off older releases. so it's 8 of 11 technically.

personally i really dug this album. switches it up a little.

Anonymous (January 24, 2003)

Is this really the album art? Are you fucking kidding?

Anonymous (January 24, 2003)

Talk about shitty, i used to think this band was good, then Elva came and I didn't like the single, but some of the songs were good. Now this is just pathetic. Can MTV be credited to ruining any more bands?

Anonymous (January 24, 2003)

What a waste of a CD. I totally agree with the guy below regarding all the songs from Elva. They have such a great back catalogue, it's too bad they couldn't have played some older songs so that people know how they gained their first following.

Anonymous (January 24, 2003)

That Sum 41 "tribute" album is one of the worst albums ever created.

Any band that tributes Sum 41 must suck harder than Sum 41 themselves.

Anonymous (January 24, 2003)

an acoustic album sure is a gutsy move. not as if acoustic acts are getting anywhere right now.

WussEmoRock (January 24, 2003)

great cd.


maverick (January 24, 2003)

Some of these songs are total gems in an acoustic setting [Cailin, Rest Of My Life].

Some, like Seein' Red, fail miserably without electricity powering their hooks.

Still, a valiant effort and a gutsy move on the band's part.


inagreendase (January 24, 2003)

it's such a pointless album. 10 of the 11 songs are off elva, they don't even dive into their older stuff. it's almost as pointless as the sum 41 tribute album, done by this one no-name band who plays 13 songs, 12 off of all killer no filler.

Anonymous (January 24, 2003)

Pretty good album, I bought it yesterday. Still, I wish they would have included a few older songs like EPK, maybe Superman, The Ballad of Johnny and Sarah, Harmonic, stuff like that. I wasn't a big fan of their latest album, maybe that's why I think that way.

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