All Love's Legal is more direct and pop-oriented than Planningtorock's last album, W. It has hooks galore, but embedded in brilliantly strange music. A kind of lo-fi, European raver's take on US R&B, "Misogyny Drop Dead" (one of RA's top 50 tracks of 2013) is impossible to categorise. The pleasantly pummelling techno of "Public Love," whose quirky, perky demeanour recalls trombone-toting duo Die Vogel, is just a simple remix away from being a floor-ready bomb.
Like The Knife, with whom she has collaborated, Rostron loves '80s Yamaha synths—their reedy keys, synthetic pianos and parps of fake brass—and she squeezes a lot of tonal variety from that sound palette. With its pizzicato strings, courtly precision and breathless ruminations on "liquid sexuality," "Human Drama" recalls Patrick Wolf's melodramatic pop. Meanwhile, "Patriarchy Over & Out" and "Let's Talk About Gender, Baby" fuse elements of vintage disco, '80s synth-pop and ZE Records' eclecticism to create tracks that, though relatively basic in terms of production, are cleverly constructed and pack a surprising emotional punch. This is protest music that flashes with anger, but—look at that title again—it is also an album about love.