Tennessee rock heroes J. Roddy Walston & The Business just dropped the best release they’ve pieced together yet with “Destroyers of the Soft Life.” Walston’s wailing croon is as dominant as his unique brand of songwriting and the rest of the band puts together some outstanding craftsmanship beside him.
After taking four years off from making records, Walston and his crew decided to put in some serious focus for the new record. It shows. This band will always be dirty southern rock, and that’s the case here, but the album sounds better than previous releases. Walston’s vocal is recorded better here than it has been and there’s even some kind of attention being paid to tone and atmosphere – “Bleed Out” and “The Wanting” each showcase that.
The attention to detail and the focus on putting together a better record are both perks but the biggest perk with the record is how cohesive it is. These ten songs feel like a complete album in every way; the mixing and mastering are both great. It’s something that’s overlooked most of the time but after you’ve heard some great songs/bands be sullied by poor post production, you’ll learn to appreciate the good stuff when you hear it.
J. Roddy Walston and The Business have put together their best record to date. These 10 songs are tremendous and the best work that the longtime band has put together.