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Philadelphia Daily News (11/13/1981), Reviews

The Philadelphia Daily News, November 13, 1981

By Richard Aregood

The Beach Boys live. I don't mean those guys who currently give semi- dead renditions of their hits to big audiences everywhere; I mean that they live in Lindsey Buckingham's " Law and Order" (Asylum), a perfectly wonderful collection of good old-fashioned pop fun.

Except for a couple of token appearances by Fleetwood Mac colleagues, Buckingham does it all. He writes most of it, produces some of it and provides nearly all the voices. When the voices are those familiar close Beach Boy-style harmonies, that's no little achievement.

There's nothing really heavy here. The songs simply have a fine pop gloss and hummable hooks. It's fun. On one track, the drums seem to jump from channel to channel; on another, they sound like well-played garbage can lids. But throughout, this debut album is consistent, even though it's more anarchistic than we're used to these days. Guitars suddenly come screaming in when you least expect them. Sometimes the vocals are downright odd. The damndest instruments pop up. And " Satisfied Mind," the closer, is delivered absolutely straight, just the way it's been sung for 25 years. That may be the biggest surprise of all.

The common thread is that it all works, every bit of it. The performer seems to be having so much fun that you can't help but join him.

Thanks to Les for posting this to the Ledge and to Anusha for formatting and sending it to us.

Date: 1981-11-13         Number of views: 1824

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