Legal Weapon

Interior Hearts

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Though not as enthralling and special as their first two albums, it's not the fault of the sound or the playing. Legal Weapon continue to progress musically, and one must slobber uncontrollably to think how these sound live, where the band excels. But what Interior Hearts lacks is that absolutely killer punk rock song, something on the level with "Daddy's Gone Mad" or "Equalizer" that you could stick on when friends said they'd never heard of them, and you could expect to blow them away. Kat Arthur still has a unique, Big Mama Thornton-blues-soaked voice, which made her unlike anything else in the modern punk pantheon, let alone the L.A./So-Cal punk rock milieu from which she sprang, and the band is still a full-throttle enterprise. But there's nothing that can make up for lesser material. Make sure you get to "Ain't That a Lot of Love," though. That's probably the best of the lot.

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