Elva (album)

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Unwritten Law - Elva cover.jpg
Studio album by Unwritten Law
Released January 29, 2002
Recorded 2001 at Total Access Recording, Redondo Beach, California
Length 50:13
Label Interscope
Unwritten Law chronology
Unwritten Law
Here's to the Mourning

Elva is the fourth album by the San Diego-based rock band Unwritten Law, released in 2002 by Interscope Records. With it the band moved away from their previously established punk rock formula and towards a more accessible hard rock sound. The band found success with the song "Seein' Red", which reached #1 on US modern rock charts.

Elva was the band's first album with bassist Pat "PK" Kim. It features guest appearances by Tony Kanal of No Doubt, Josh Freese of The Vandals, and Neville Staple of The Specials. The two "Raleigh Soliloquy" tracks are recordings of the rants of Raleigh Theodore Sakers. Previous recordings of his rants numbered soliloquies I-III had appeared on the Sublime album Robbin' the Hood. After the closing track "Evolution" there is a phone message to singer Scott Russo from Blink-182 singer/guitarist Tom DeLonge, a close friend of the band who had grown up with them in their home town of Poway.

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Punknews 5/5 stars link
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars link

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics written by Scott Russo, except where noted.

No. Title Music Producer Length
1. "Mean Girl" (lyrics: Ben Rosen, Russo) Ben Rosen John Shanks 3:06
2. "Up All Night" Scott Russo Michael Happoldt, Unwritten Law 3:03
3. "Sound Siren" Russo Shanks 2:50
4. "How You Feel" Russo Happoldt, Unwritten Law 2:45
5. "Blame It on Me" Rob Brewer, Russo, Wade Youman Shanks 2:36
6. "Seein' Red" Russo Happoldt, Unwritten Law 3:47
7. "Nick and Phil" (no music; spoken word by Nicholas Wright and Phil Jamieson)     0:38
8. "Hellborn" Youman, Russo Shanks 3:19
9. "Geronimo" Russo, Steve Morris, Youman, Brewer, Pat Kim Shanks 3:29
10. "Rescue Me" Russo Happoldt, Unwritten Law 4:01
11. "Actress, Model..." (lyrics: John Brinton Hogan, Russo) John Brinton Hogan Shanks 3:09
12. "Raleigh (Soliloquy, Pt. V)" (no music; spoken word by Raleigh Theodore Sakers)     0:14
13. "Babalon" Russo Happoldt, Unwritten Law 4:08
14. "Raleigh (Soliloquy, Pt. VI)" (no music; spoken word by Sakers)     0:42
15. "Rest of My Life" Russo Josh Abraham 2:43
16. "Elva" Russo, Nicholas Wright, Phil Jamieson Happoldt, Unwritten Law 4:08
17. "Evolution" Russo, Morris, Youman, Brewer, Kim Shanks 5:35
Total length: 50:13