This album marked a radical change in the musical and visual direction of the band. Gone were the bumblebee-colored spandex outfits, the bold evangelical lyrics and the familiar yellow-and-black band logo with Isaiah 53:5. In their place were leather outfits, and lyrics more focused on rock n' roll and relationships, although arguably from a Christian worldview. The album was praised by many critics as the band's strongest work to date, but a large percentage of Stryper's Christian fanbase felt betrayed by this unannounced creative metamorphosis, and many of them accused Stryper of selling out their image and message for greater mainstream acceptance. As a result, Against the Law sold poorly compared to the band's previous gold and platinum releases.
"Shining Star" is a heavy metal cover of the classic Earth, Wind and Fire song. "Shining Star", coincidentally featured a guest spot by Earth Wind and Fire bassist, Randy Jackson.
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