Album review: The Law, The Law (1991)

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, MAY 2, 1991

By Steve Newton

After having had to sit through Bad (Sad?) Company’s recent Vancouver concert—and its empty, money-grubbing versions of that band’s greatest hits—the release of the Law’s self-titled debut album came like manna from heaven. Original Bad Company vocalist Paul Rodgers has formed a new band with Who drummer Kenney Jones that is more like his much-loved band of old than the current name-stealers could ever dream of being.

With the help of guest songwriter/guitarists such as Dave Gilmour, Chris Rea, Phil Collen from Def Leppard, and Van’s own Bryan Adams, Rodgers and Jones have come up with a choice mix of blues-rockers and soulful ballads that’ll please anyone who’s ever grooved to Bad Co.’s Straight Shooter or Run with the Pack. Rodgers has never sounded better, and the barn-storming Adams/Jim Vallance composition, “Nature of the Beast”, suits the singer’s husky growl to a T.

I just can’t figure out why Adams didn’t bother to save it for his own upcoming release.

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