Here's to the Mourning

Music review by
Kathi Kamen Goldmark, Common Sense Media
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Punk pretensions without the edgy fun.

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Positive Messages

The main message seems to be "It's OK to make boring records"

Violence
Sex

Some sexual references.

Language

Some four-letter words.

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Some disturbing drug-related imagery.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this CD could be rated "R" for "Redundant" -- also for some sexual content, drug references, and swearing.

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Teen, 15 years old Written bynate smith April 9, 2008

its ok

heres to the mourning is a pretty good cd. But i think Elva on of their older cds was better

What's the story?

Unwritten Law rocks hard in HERE'S TO MOURNING. Like the pun in this album's title, both lyrics and music are hit-you-over-the-head obvious and overdone. Free of cleverness or subtlety, Unwritten Law ends up sounding less like a major-label act and more like the Green Day wannabes at a high school talent show. Somehow these guys have managed to hang in there for over a decade, despite a pronounced lack of wit or vision. That's okay, but you've got to wonder if they realize how lucky they are to have come this far on so little merit.

Is it any good?

The biggest problem with Here's to Mourning, aside from poor songwriting, is the high "let's take ourselves really seriously" pretentiousness factor. Then there's the confusing mish-mosh of musical styles and mediocre performances. Overproduced within an inch of its life, the CD has no real personality of its own.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about whether they think this band deserves the success it has found -- and why or why not?

Music details

  • Artist: Unwritten Law
  • Release date: February 1, 2005
  • Label: Lava
  • Genre: Punk Rock
  • Parental advisory: Yes
  • Edited version available: Yes

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