Legal Weapon

Take Out the Trash

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Like T.S.O.L., Legal Weapon was an L.A. outfit that started out as a punk band but didn't remain one. In the early '80s, Legal Weapon was often compared to X -- by the end of the decade, it had more in common with Joan Jett, Pat Benatar, Heart, and Lita Ford. Any band that starts out playing punk and ends up playing slick, commercial arena rock and hard rock is bound to be called a sellout by rock's underground, and Legal Weapon was no exception. Be that as it may, some of the band's latter work isn't without its pleasures. Released in 1991, Take Out the Trash is a generally decent, if less than exceptional, slice of hard rock/arena rock that unites original members Kat Arthur (lead vocals) and Brian Hansen (guitar) with more recent additions Tom Slick (bass) and Danny Halperin (drums, percussion). Those who are only interested in hearing Legal Weapon playing punk are better off sticking to its early recordings, but those who do have a taste for this type of music will find that Arthur isn't half bad as a hard rocker. Arthur started out being compared to X's Exene Cervenka, but on Take Out the Trash the obvious comparisons include Benatar, Ford, and Heart's Ann Wilson. Did Take Out the Trash go down in history as one of Legal Weapon's essential albums? Absolutely not. Most Legal Weapon fans -- even those who like the Angelinos' more commercial stuff -- will agree that they reached their creative peak with 1982's Death of Innocence. But while Take Out the Trash isn't a masterpiece, it isn't a dud either.

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