Sometimes the setting rubs off on the songs -- "Cailin" and "Elva" take on a mild western flavor. Unwritten Law's trademark wall of guitars and big beats disappears in the unplugged format, but the band sublimates that power into aggressive, evocative strumming, and the group's exceptional melodic sense remains constant, as does its eclectic streak. Most of the songs rock, and even the slow-dance moments aren't weepy, "poor tattooed me" ballads. Picture Dashboard Confessional with some balls -- and variety.
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