J. Roddy Walston & The Business have been around for a decade-and-a-half now, and have long seemed to be on the verge of being the next alt-country/rock band to breakthrough into the big time, a-la Kings of Leon on The Black Keys. Latest album Destroyers of the Soft Life shows why, an immediately accessible and enjoyable record.
Opener “You Know Me Better” is a great introduction to Walston & The Business if you don’t know them already, strong up-rock that’s instantly catchy. Destroyers is at its peak when the band is having its most fun, like “Numbers” (which brings to mind the Kings of Leon that you love) and “Bad Habits”, a party-drinkin’ song that appeals to both blue & red America. There are also calls to truth like “Blade of Truth” and “Bleed Out”, as well as slower torch song-like material in “Heart Is Free” and “I Called You”.
Destroyers of the Soft Life doesn’t break any new ground in the alt-country/rock arena, but it is a great album that pretty much anyone can love.