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Against the Law

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Category: Glam
Year: 1990
Label: Enigma
Catalog Number: 7 73527-2
Rating: 8.37 out of 10. (82 ratings)

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Michael Sweet lead and backing vocals, guitar
Oz Fox guitar, backing vocals
Robert Sweet drums
Tim Gaines bass, backing vocals
1.  Against the Law  
2.  Two Time Woman  
3.  Rock the People  
4.  Two Bodies  
5.  Not That Kind of Guy  
6.  Shining Star  
7.  Ordinary Man  
8.  Lady  
9.  Caught in the Middle  
10.  All for One  
11.  Rock the Hell Out of You  

Existing comments about this CD

From: MSJanke   (IP unknown) Date: June 4, 2001 at 18:55
Stryper's best work, hands down. More bluesy, sassy, and free-wheeling than their previous projects, it is also their least spiritual (though hardly un-Christian in its messages). 'Shining Star,' 'Rock the Hell Outta You' and 'Not That Kinda Guy' are all gems.
From: LiveWire   (IP unknown) Date: February 8, 2002 at 10:13
This is a cool album. It rocks!
From: Cephas   (IP unknown) Date: February 9, 2002 at 23:25
Secular critics had no respect for Stryper in the first place. So, why did Michael Sweet and Co. decide to alienate their Christian fan base? Not a clue. This is NOT Stryper's best work overall: The guitars might wail and blister, but the songwriting is woefully banal and thin. ('Lady' sounds derivative of Journey!) Anyways, after this CD the band called it quits. Says a lot, doesn't it??
From: MetalGeek   (IP unknown) Date: February 27, 2002 at 10:00
OK, so the band called it quits after this CD. Let's be fair and remember that not long after this album came out, along came Nirvana and grunge, and just about every hard rock band, Christian and secular, all slammed into the same brick wall. This will be my last comment on this album because obviously I'm the lone wolf here in liking 'Against The Law'.
From: St. Hood   (IP unknown) Date: March 17, 2002 at 2:44
Oh my Gawd they have gone to the devil. Again whatever! This is their rebellious album. Guess they got tired of all the stones christians were thowing. Not as good as the others musically but ROCKS the HARDEST! Screaming guitars and Michael wailed all through it. Remember people we aren't against the law just free from it. It's called amazing grace. A must for any Metal Christian or not. ROCK ON! St. Hood
From: MetalGeek   (IP unknown) Date: March 21, 2002 at 20:02
Hey, St. Hood & MSJanke, thanks! Suddenly I don't feel quite so alone in my love for this album!
From: Cephas   (IP unknown) Date: April 22, 2002 at 11:31
Stryper didn't need Grunge to make itself look outdated: They did that themselves - lame goatees & all! As with most 'statement albums', bands are more concerned with answering critics than putting out good product. Case in point: The songwriting's thin & unimaginative. The music shows scant development over Stryper's previous work. Yes, it's easy to blame JUDGMENTAL CHRISTIANS for the CD's lack of success; but, let's not forget secular music critics weren't impressed by ATL, either.
From: raistlin   (IP unknown) Date: May 12, 2002 at 1:38
i dont know why all the controversy around this album. musically is really good songs like rock the hell out of you, all for one, two bodies and not that kind of guy just to name a few are pretty good songs and if you really put atention to the lyrics you find out that they were still christian but left the easy way of putting out a praise album and instead they talk about topics that every christian shoukd talk about. check out not that kind of man, two time woman,all for one and them tell me.
From: BPKlein   (IP unknown) Date: July 12, 2002 at 15:06
Moving with the times is not alienating a fan base. We can get stuck in the same old rut or we can move on.This is what stryper did with this album and it is their best ever. Some so called fans should be ashamed of themselves sticking the knife in like they did
From: BPKlein   (IP unknown) Date: July 12, 2002 at 15:06
Moving with the times is not alienating a fan base. We can get stuck in the same old rut or we can move on.This is what stryper did with this album and it is their best ever. Some so called fans should be ashamed of themselves sticking the knife in like they did
From: Tom   (IP unknown) Date: July 21, 2002 at 15:10
I can understand ditching the stripes. But Stryper claimed at the time they 'wanted to reach even more kids, the ones who listened to Metallica and Guns N' Roses'. But then they put out a record that has no mention of the Gospel. None. There is not one shred of Christianity on this record. I still like the album. It has some good songs on it. But THWTD and SUC are way, way better than this one. ATL and Shining Star are two great songs, however.
From: MetalGeek   (IP unknown) Date: July 23, 2002 at 10:08
Interestingly enough, on the Stryper website I believe both Oz and Michael list 'ATL' in their bios as their favorite Stryper album, although I think it's Oz who clarifies that it's his favorite 'musically', and one of the earlier ones (can't remember which) is his favorite 'lyrically'. As for there being no spiritual messages on this album... what about 'Rock The Hell Out Of You'? I thought that was pretty blunt. Best song on the album too.
From: happy   (IP unknown) Date: September 1, 2002 at 17:36
THis album is was their best
From: VLADI - BG   (IP unknown) Date: December 13, 2002 at 19:20
Different STRYPER's album.Very strong glam rock.My favorite trax are:5,8,9,10.
From: Alpha Male   (IP unknown) Date: March 13, 2003 at 22:40
This album is their best. Not that Kind of Guy and Two Time Woman are gems. There are all sosts of christioan messages all thru this album. Anyone who didnt like this album cant call themselves a Stryper fan !!!!!
From: Doug Luttrell   (IP unknown) Date: June 27, 2003 at 1:42
Whats all the Discontent about this album . I think this album is awesome . Only thing else I can say is they will be back some day with another release and I just hope its as good as all there others cause I enjoy all of them . I seen them in Concert around 1988 and they were excellent . ROCK ON
From: Dylan Main   (IP unknown) Date: June 28, 2003 at 22:59
I like the 'Against The Law' and all the albums.I like '7:The Best Of Stryper!'I like the 2 new songs.I'm glad they are touring!I am really excited(truly)!I hope to meet Micheal Sweet!Stryper is a real band!
From: Plutarch   (IP unknown) Date: July 20, 2003 at 21:40
I have no problem with this album.I think that it has some excellent guitar mixes and it is one of their better albums.I liked Soldiers the best but this was so well recorded and has a great sound.The songs are ethical but do not glorify God.This album is not for every Stryper fan and that is fine.They broke up because they were perceived as glam and grunge was in,not because of this album.
From: Salomonkey   (IP unknown) Date: October 9, 2003 at 15:32
An Excellent album from Stryper. I think this is one of the best albums of them. Shining Star, Lady, All for One and Not That Kind of Guy my favorites.
From: James   (IP unknown) Date: October 12, 2003 at 10:12
if Stryper was going to do a cover of a song they should have picked a better song than Shining Star. there has to be a hundred songs they could have done
From: MetalGeek   (IP unknown) Date: October 15, 2003 at 15:41
Useless trivia about their cover of Earth Wind & Fire's 'Shining Star': Tim Gaines didn't play on it, in the album credits the bass track on that song is credited to 'Randy Jackson.' Could this be the same Randy Jackson who's currently a judge on 'American Idol?' He did spend many years as a studio musician working on funk & R&B projects. HMMMM. Anybody know if it's the same guy?? Just curious.
From: Spikey   (IP unknown) Date: November 10, 2003 at 18:13
Stryper's best CD. Period.
From: Bob   (IP unknown) Date: November 27, 2003 at 14:34
Admittedly this is not my favorite Stryper album, but as far as it being a rebellious or secular album, I don't see it as the case. Reading through the lyrics it is quite obvious that this is still a Christian album, they just took a different approach to writing a Christian album. It appears that they were looking to expand their fan base, and their musical style. As for their habits during the tour, well, we're all human. Over all it's not a horrible album, just different.
From: RONALD VARGASLI   (IP unknown) Date: March 11, 2004 at 15:04
From:   (IP unknown) Date: July 23, 2004 at 21:22
So many people felt the group flew south when this album came out. My comment - why won't we the fans let a group such as this experiment and possibly change their style? So it isn't like their other work, but we don't see anyone repremanding Madonna for always changing her sound and look every so often. But when a group we really like does it, and we dislike the change, we have to gripe and judge and other things. Oh well. It was different yes, but good. If you like metal, then this is good
From: Ty   (IP unknown) Date: August 26, 2004 at 10:39
While I don't agree with everything on this album (...referring to Michael's use of the word 'hell' in 'Caught In The Middle), Christian values are still present: lending a helping hand, keeping a marriage together, and Good conquering evil, for examples. 'Not That Kind Of Guy' blatantly gives the message of a man who REFUSES a one-night stand. How many glam/hard rock bands back in 'the day' promoted doing that??!!
From: GroovyLime   (IP unknown) Date: September 3, 2004 at 19:18
I agree with Plutarch.
From: Jason   ( Date: January 10, 2005 at 23:47
Musically this was an amazing album by Christian music standards. If they had released this album on the secular market at the same time as GnR Appetite for Destruction it may have been huge. Timing is everything in this business. Ronald said it best, 'let hime who is without sin cast the first stone'. At least Stryper were honest enough to write about where they were as a band instead of putting out fluff.
From: FOX   ( Date: April 13, 2005 at 22:21
wow, we DEFINATLY HAVE A MIXED reaction to this cd. i have all of strypers albums and this is my least favorite. but...that being said, one of my favorite albums still. does that make sence. all of strypers albums were awesome, heavey, bad to the bone. this one was.....good, just not great. had some great songs, liek lady, all for one, on the FOX ROCK SCALE this album is given an 8.8 as for the topic of this being christian or not....please its just good rock music by christians, period!!!!!!!!!
From:   ( Date: October 14, 2007 at 11:25
I must be in the minority. I think this album rocks!! not a bad song on the album. Guitars, awesome. message: christian. A must have for any Stryper or 80s metal fan. Critics need to keep their mouth shut. If this album alienated some of their fans, then they weren't really Stryper fans. Fans stick by their band through good and bad times. Stryper is my favorite band. You guys Rock for the Rock!!!!!
From: Roman   ( Date: May 18, 2008 at 19:25
This was a mainstream album. Amy Grant went mainstream too. Self-righteous 'christians' who booed Stryper after this album came out were the same fanatical jerks who called Amy Grant a tramp in the late 80s. Stryper had ALWAYS put God first & had nothing else to prove! Preaching should never be out of obligation or guilt but by being led by the spirit. God bless Stryper for not being phony by being true to what they felt was right and for having balls of brass, something Christians need more of.
From: Branwen   ( Date: August 10, 2008 at 18:16
you miss the point, this album was a sell out, the bible says we canot serve two masters, the videos of the songs from this album are dirty and worldly, this does not glorify the Lord, shure it rocks, thats not the point, to hell with the devil is a great album in EVERY WAY, their is no exuse or justification.
From: Metal T   ( Date: September 5, 2008 at 20:18
...oh holy crap-c'mon!Backsliders why? Becuase they threw away the bumble bee suits?.It kicks freaking tail-to me the best disc they ever put out.Nice punchy sound....Still has a positive message.Good stuff! -----
From: rexreed   ( Date: February 7, 2011 at 3:54
As of 2011 this is the best written, produced and performed Stryper album. They might be the only metal band to successfully tackle the Earth, Wind, and Fire r&b staple Shining Star.
From: lockboy   (---.) Date: April 1, 2011 at 12:17
All in all, I'd say Stryper is one of the best metal bands ever. But ATL is my least favorite of all their work. But it's a small criticism overall. After 27 years they still sound incredible.
From: Doug   (---.) Date: March 29, 2013 at 12:08
I know hard core Stryper fams were (are) mixed on this one, but for me this is my favorite Stryper album. I've always liked the song, 'Lady.'
From: Barry   ( Date: August 17, 2015 at 12:27
Nice old thread! Anyways, yeah, I don't really like their music but I've always respected Stryper. The songs on this album were very honest, human, personal, but the Christian point of view was there still. I thought it was funny the way some fellow Christians reacted to it, though. Nowadays they're back to more openly Christian lyrics, but they have matured and I don't really call them glam. They're just a good rock band with faith-based lyrics, which is cool.

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