The Record Com­pany

All Of This Life

Classic Rock - - Albums - hugh Fielder

Get­ting bet­ter sec­ond time around.

If your first al­bum gets a Grammy nom­i­na­tion, it would be un­wise to mess around too much with the for­mat for the sec­ond. Los Angeles blues/roots trio the Record Com­pany are not stupid, and they’ve gone about this al­bum the same way they did with 2016’s Give It Back To You, with the dif­fer­ence that they’ve now got the ex­pe­ri­ence of two years in the fast lane to add to their songs.

So there’s a go-get­ting con­fi­dence about All Of This Life, right from opener Life To Fix and I’m Get­ting Bet­ter (And I’m Feel­ing It Right Now) with their pos­i­tive lyri­cal spin. No wal­low­ing in the Trump of de­spair for these boys, just deal with it. And when the tempo drops on Good­bye To The Hard Life, the mo­men­tum never does. The var­ied ar­range­ments with dif­fer­ent in­stru­ments that was a fea­ture of the first al­bum helps drive All Of This Life too.

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