Featuring Chris Richards of Chris Richards & the Subtractions, Keith Klingensmith of the Phenomenal Cats, and Andy Reed of An American Underdog, their collective self-titled debut album is a tuneful delight with great melodies, hooks, and vocal harmonies. I looked for this on CD when it was originally released in 2014 but none were to be found.
Whether a re-release or a broader release last month, I’ve been spinning my copy in a regular rotation and this is a power pop gem that can trace influences to The Raspberries, Badfinger, Big Star and Village Green Preservation Society-era Kinks, some pretty good neighborhoods to be in for fans of the genre.
There are plenty of tunes here that would be hit singles in a just world, especially the sunny opening track "Rite of Spring," and three principals work beautifully together, bringing out the best in one another's abilities as songwriters, vocalists, and instrumentalists.
The Legal Matters have instead delivered something a bit more sophisticated and ambitious that cookie cutter power-pop, and this album is truly a collaboration that delivers more than the sum of the parts, a hook-laden ear candy record that grabs you with the first few notes and never lets you go.