Lindsey Buckingham - Law And Order [Asylum Records 5E-561] (3 October 1981)

Released: 3 October 1981
Country: US
Label: Asylum Records
Catalog: 5E-561
Pressing: Columbia Records Pressing Plant, Terre Haute
Genre: Pop / Rock

Item# SR-AS5E561
Ratings: C=VG+; LP=VG+

T R A C K L I S T:
01 Bwana
02 Trouble
03 Mary Lee Jones
04 I'll Tell You Now
05 It Was I
06 September Song
07 Shadow Of The West
08 That's How We Do It In L.A.
09 Johnny Stew
10 Love From Here, Love From There
11 A Satisfied Mind

Law And Order
Lindsey Buckingham

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Album Review

William Ruhlmann []

Lindsey Buckingham's talents as guitarist, arranger, and producer were particularly well suited to Fleetwood Mac, a band in which he was only one among three songwriters whose material complemented each other's. As a solo artist, Buckingham retains his strengths, but he encounters a form-over-substance problem. The seven songs he wrote for his debut album come across as sketches, musical pieces for which he has constructed interesting guitar riffs and the occasional sonic effect, plus a lyric tag -- ''Trouble,'' ''That's How We Do It in L.A.'' But they have not been fleshed out into full-fledged songs, perhaps because Buckingham hasn't much interest in lyrics, or because he declines to use more than one or two of his ideas per tune. On the eclectic choice of covers (''September Song,'' ''A Satisfied Mind''), Buckingham at least has fully composed and written pieces to work with, but he embalms them in his production techniques. As such, Law and Order comes off as a high-quality demo of largely unfinished material. (Nevertheless, ''Trouble'' became a Top Ten single.)