Anyone who’s been fortunate enough to see Cinderella in concert knows that Tom Keifer can really deliver live, vocal chord surgery be damned. While many of us ponder the decade-plus question, “When will they write and record a new album?”, Mr. Keifer has decided to grace us with his first solo record, The Way Life Goes.
It’s very interesting, to say the least. Musically it’s all over the map, effortlessly gliding from blues to ballads to straight up rockers. Leadoff track “Solid Ground” is one hell of an opener, with a vintage feel, almost like how the Rolling Stones would sound if they were actually any good. “A Different Light” is very uplifting, offering a semblance of hope to those who desperately need it in this day and age. “It’s Not Enough” flirts with Cinderella’s sound while remaining squarely in Tom’s wheelhouse, and is one of my favorites here.
“Cold Day In Hell” is another tune with a tight bluesy lick, and “Thick and Thin” is one of his best ballads to date. “Fool’s Paradise” has a killer slow groove and great harmonies, and is sure to go over really well live.
“Mood Elevator”, “The Way Life Goes”, and “Ain’t That A Bitch”, all stay in blues-rock territory, and that’s just fine. Rock & Roll ain’t splittin’ atoms, last I checked!
Disc closer “Babylon” is my other favorite, featuring a smokin’ sax solo and a na na-na-na na chorus that will have you singing along in no time.
If this is the type of stuff Tom Keifer has laying around in his studio, I can only hope he releases more of it, and soon. Well done!
STANDOUT TRACKS: “Solid Ground, “A Different Light”, “It’s Not Enough”, “Thick and Thin”, “Babylon”.