Like most good rock stars, Keifer has endured some real ups-and-downs over the years, the most notable of which involved repeated problems with his vocal chords, eventually requiring surgery and rehabilitation. As the title indicates, that's THE WAY LIFE GOES, and in Keifer's case, it's helped to shape a record that time likely improved. While works nearly a decade-in-the-making can have mixed results (glancing over to CHINESE DEMOCRACY on the shelf), Tom has delivered an album (co-produced by his wife) that manages to play remarkably solid from front-to-back, with no lulls among it's 14-tracks.
The Nashville-recorded, blues-infused set rocks hard at times ("Babylon," "Mood Elevator," "Solid Ground"), hinting at previous works with a couple entries into ballad territory ("Thick and Thin," "Ask Me Yesterday"), and enters some new realms with tracks like "The Flower Song," which I can only call... cute.
THE WAY LIFE GOES is available now from my affiliates, iTunes and Amazon:
The Rock Father Rating: 4/5 Stars