The Law of Things

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The Law of Things
Studio album by
RecordedSept-Oct 1988
Genre Dunedin sound, Indie pop, Alternative rock
Label Flying Nun Records
Producer The Bats, Brent McLachlan
The Bats chronology
4 Songs
The Law of Things
Fear of God
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The Law of Things is an album released in 1990 by New Zealand band The Bats. It was recorded at Writhe Recording in Wellington, New Zealand, in September and October 1988. [1]


The track "Smoking Her Wings" was released as a single, and the album peaked at #38 in the New Zealand charts. [2] [3] It was named Pop Album of the Week by the New York Times. [4]

Track listing

All tracks are written by The Bats/Robert Scott.

1."Other Side Of You"3:10
2."Law Of Things"2:13
3."Never Said Goodbye"2:33
4."Yawn Vibes"3:40
5."Time To Get Ready"4:16
6."Ten To One"2:38
8."I Fall Away"2:27
9."Cliff Edge"3:05
10."Nine Days"3:43
12."Smoking Her Wings"4:37


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