THE RECORD COMPANY
THE 4TH ALBUM
Reviewer - David Weddle
Grammy-nominated blues rock band The Record Company are back with their brand new album, ‘The 4th Album’, which is a handy title for the their fourth studio album. This is the first release via a new global deal with Round Hill Records, having previously been dropped by their old record company due to the band and the company going “in a different direction”.
Let me tell you though, the parting of ways doesn’t seem to have had a negative impact on the band’s song-writing. ‘The 4th Album’, is pure, unadulterated blues rock at its finest. From the opening track and new single ‘Dance On Mondays’ there is a groove that draws you in and makes you sit up and listen. The album is overflowing with toe tapping, groove laden songs like ‘I Found Heaven (In My Darkest Days)’ that get the blood pumping, tempered with occasional slower tempo tracks like ‘Highway Lady’ which is so chilled out that I could see myself sitting on a wooden porch on a rocking chair, feet up with a beer in hand watching the sun going down.
The Record Company turn up the tempo very slightly in the next song ‘Patterns’ which has a funky bassline that is a delight. The glorious guitar work mixed with funky bassline in ‘Talk To Me’, is just one example of what makes this album so special. Keeping that flow going, ‘Roll With It’ picks up the groove and rolls with it alright. A cracking number and I really get the feeling that the band were having fun playing this one, I certainly had fun listening to it.
Whether it’s the very bluesy ‘ Control My Heart Blues’, or the stunning acoustic guitar and harmonica on ‘I’m Working’, The Record Company have proved that they are a band that have finely honed their craft and know exactly what makes an album to remember.
Topping the album off with ‘You Made A Mistake’ kind of says it all really. Not sure how the execs at the old record company feel right now but if I was them I would be gutted I let this band get away. ‘The 4th Album’ is a very accomplished piece of work, technically brilliant, well written and performed with heart and soul but more importantly, its an album that will stick in my mind and one that I will happily play over and over.
‘The 4th Album’ is available from the 15th of September via Round Hill Records and you can pre-order it right now. roundhill.ffm.to/trc-the4thalbum
The Record Company are: Chris Vos (guitar, lead vocals, harmonica), Alex Stiff (bass, backing vocals), and Marc Cazorla (drums, backing vocals)