All Of This Life

UNCUT - - New Albums - BUD SCOPPA

CONCORD 8/10 Throw­back LA trio keep the pedal to the metal on sopho­more out­ing

The Record Com­pany came out of nowhere with their stripped­down 2016 de­but al­bum Give It Back To You. On the fol­low-up, the ar­range­ments are far more var­ied and in­tri­cate, but the trio’s strong suit re­mains the fast-lane free­way boo­gie of shud­der­ing lead track “Life To Fix”, with Alex Stiff’s bass licks lead­ing the way, echo­ing their breakout sin­gle “On The Ground”, and the slide­pow­ered howler “Make It Hap­pen”. The Black Keys drew up the blue­print for The Record Com­pany’s stream­lined blues rock with 2010’s Broth­ers, but the chromed-out ve­neers and coiled­spring grooves of their strong­est tracks re­call early-’70s UK hit­mak­ers Foghat, es­pe­cially on “Com­ing Home”, with its “Slow Ride”-like chug.

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