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The Record Company - All Of This Life album review

The Record Company: Getting better second time around

The Record Company - All Of This Life
The Record Company - All Of This Life

The Record Company - All Of This Life

1. Life To Fix
2. I’m Getting Better (And I’m Feeling It Right Now)
3. Goodbye To The Hard Life
4. Make It Happen
5. You And Me Now
6. Coming Home
7. The Movie Song
8. Night Games
9. Roll Bones
10. I’m Changing

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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.

Hugh Fielder has been writing about music for 47 years. Actually 58 if you include the essay he wrote about the Rolling Stones in exchange for taking time off school to see them at the Ipswich Gaumont in 1964. He was news editor of Sounds magazine from 1975 to 1992 and editor of Tower Records Top magazine from 1992 to 2001. Since then he has been freelance. He has interviewed the great, the good and the not so good and written books about some of them. His favourite possession is a piece of columnar basalt he brought back from Iceland.