All Day Music
All Day Music finds War coming into its own identity following the departure of Eric Burdon and the transitional War. More focused than any of their previous albums, All Day Music merges the sweet soul harmonies of East L.A. with the heavy funk War had honed with Eric Burdon. The fusion makes for something sublime. “All Day Music” and “Get Down” radiate warmth and unity; steeped in sunshine as well sidewalk dirt, these songs are pure Los Angeles. More importantly, War was finally moving beyond the Burdon years and forging a sound that nobody had heard before. “That’s What Love will Do” and “There Must Be A Reason” slow the communal harmonies to an aching crawl, as the band settles into a style that is hypnotic, sorrowful, and almost tribal. The album climaxes with “Slippin’ Into Darkness;” within the song there is a restless groove, a heaving organ, and a horn section, but it is the band’s layered vocals that finally push this doleful hymn to a place of midnight ritual.