The Way Life Goes
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Tom Keifer's debut solo album, The Way Life Goes, ranges from intimate, organic, acoustic tracks to driving hard rock. It embraces the blues, rock and country roots that have always been present in his unique sound that has generated the sale of over 15 million records worldwide for Cinderella.
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The best, and most Cinderella-like, song is "Babylon", which showcases how fully Tom's voice has recovered the majority of it's original power and range, followed closely by "Cold Day in Hell" and "Solid Ground."
"Thick and Thin" is the better of two heartfelt love songs, both showing the maturity of age and life experience when compared with Cinderella loves songs such as "Fire and Ice" and "Hot and Bothered."
"The Flower Song" and the title track deserve special mention because Tom has always been better at being clever than being profound when writing lyrics. Both of these songs are clever indeed, sweetly humorous, and, while still not profound, deeper than their first impression.
However, "Mood Elevator" and "Welcome to My Mind" are just plain bad -- approaching if not equaling the epic awfulness of "One For the Rock and Roll" from Heartbreak Station.
People that gave this album an overwhelming five-stars must be bigger Tom Keifer fans than myself. This album is pretty good throughout, but it's not five-stars to me. I actually really dig most of the sounds Tom puts on the record; however, sometimes I feel like he ventures a little too far into the experimental territory. This isn't a terrible thing, but it kind of turned me off just the slightest bit. That being said, this is a worthy debut for the former Cinderella leader. Songs like "Solid Ground," "Flower Song," and "Mood Elevator" are the best of the bunch, but most of the rest are decent as well.
If you enjoy Tom's voice and songwriting, you'll more than likely enjoy this album too. If you're looking for the resurrection of Cinderella circa 1989, better check elsewhere.
This album shows off his refined and seasoned talents as a lyricist and poet, with content and layered harmonies more complex than the power chords and gorgeous electric blues soloing of his rocking heydays. Nothing can replace the Cinderella classics, but this album suits me as well now as those did then back in the day, while being unmistakably kin to it .
Finally, for any fan who has followed his struggles with his vocal chord paralysis (often a career ending condition) has to love how hard this man fights to get those notes out and sounding as good as they do. He's got great character in his voice that comes out better in the lower registers than in the past, where he used it less often and to less effect. Occasionally you can hear the high end growling falsetto that was his trademark in the 80's, otherwise he sounds at times so fresh and soulful at his lower registers that I'm not sure if I'd know right away it was Tom Kieffer or some younger understudy of his.
Overall an excellent solo go and a collection of songs with too much to say and said too well to not be a keeper for many fans.