Carry the Sorrow
No Ordinary Life
Members of American Hi-Fi have spent much of the last few years playing with Miley Cyrus. Band leader Stacy Jones ranks as her drummer and musical director, and he even found time to sit in the drum seat for Matchbox Twenty. One listen to songs like “Golden State,” “Allison,” or “Portland,” and it’s apparent that no amount of busyness on the parts of the players can lesson their abilities to deliver as American Hi-Fi. If anything, time being at such a premium has forced the group to appreciate the days they do have together. This album is for the indie label Rude Records, and Jones and Co. relax just enough to make a more natural-sounding punk-pop album, with guitars that crunch and harmonies that blend in all the right ways. By the time the album reaches its final cut, “No Ordinary Life,” it’s apparent that American Hi-Fi have made one of the best albums of their career.