Here's a career jolter: Reasonably successful SoCal power pop/alt-rock outfit does acoustic show for MTV and comes off sounding better than ever. Hmm.

Here's a career jolter: Reasonably successful SoCal power pop/alt-rock outfit does acoustic show for MTV and comes off sounding better than ever. Hmm. But let's be clear, Unwritten Law's last album, Elva (which provides eight of the 11 tracks here, including the hit "Seein' Red"), was a stalwart disc with its metal and punk meteors deflected by tasty melodic breaks. It's just that the songs seem to reach a higher plane when unearthed and trimmed. Ergo, so does Unwritten Law. Its members are a talented crew who really deserve more notice. The funny thing is, they just might get it by accident.—AZ

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