If you buy this, order "Your Weapon" with it
Brewzerr | On the fault line, CA | 07/03/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"One thing should be made very clear... This album may have been reissued in the early 90's, but it was originally released in the very early 80's. I've been listening to it for well over 20 years and I still enjoy it just as much as I ever did. Kat Arthur was the Janis of punk and her and Brian Hansen were just as iconic a punk "couple" to me as Exene and John Doe. This album in my opinion (along with their follow-up "Your Weapon") was one of the best punk/hardcore albums to come out of L.A., but it's been sorely overlooked and underrated through the years. LW made some crap albums in the late 80's (just my opinion), and perhaps that overshadowed the legacy of the first 2 albums. Whatever the case, this album is a must-have if you appreciate high-quality early 80's punk that verges on hardcore, but with a touch of bluesiness. Early LW sort of bridged the gap between the old Orange County sound (Adolescents, T.S.O.L., Social Distortion) and the L.A. punk-roots scene (Gun Club, Blasters, X, Flesh Eaters)... and this album, along with the equally essential "Your Weapon" are the best examples."
John G. Gibson | Outer Islands, HI | 11/16/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Kat Arthur and Legal weapon were fantastic- but they weren't an early nineties band. We were wearing out our Death of Innocence vinyl in 83. Legal Weapon were a defining force in the mid eighties with the help of seminal OC/LA punks like Frank Agnew and Steve Soto. By the nineties punk was nothing but a twitching corpse and the bands trying to hold up the cadaver and make it twitch were at that point just vampires desperate to feed."
The best of Legal Weapon
S. Farren | quincy, ma United States | 02/10/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)
"If you want to pick up some not so well known punk-pop music from the early nineties, this one won't disappoint. The vocals that Kat Arthur delivers are sexy and powerful and the musicianship is straight ahead and right on. This is the best Legal Weapon has to offer...and it delivers the goods with powerful guitar riffs on tunes like "Waiting in Line" and "Wanna Be" to great bass licks on "Death of Innocence". The career of Legal Weapon didn't last long, but this album should go down as one the best "alternative" albums of the early nineties."