Personnel: Preston Wimberly (electric guitar, pedal steel guitar).
Audio Mixer: Dave Sardy.
Recording information: St. Charles, Nashville, TN.
Photographer: Frank Maddocks.
On their eponymous 2013 debut, Nashville's Wild Feathers delivered a workmanlike, under-the-radar Americana/country-rock gem that invoked names like Bad Company, Tom Petty, Big Star, the Band, and the Boss. Lonely Is a Lifetime, the group's sophomore outing, retains some of the classic rock architecture of their debut, but there's been a concerted effort to expand the band's sound. Like recent outings from like-minded American trad-rock confectioners Delta Spirit, the LP dials back on the twang and introduces elements of psych, pop, and anthemic alt-rock into the mix. The band, fresh off a long bout of touring, decamped to both Muscle Shoals and Barcelona, Spain to compose, recorded the LP in Nashville with producer Jay Joyce (Cage the Elephant, Wallflowers), and enlisted Dave Sardy (Oasis, Band of Horses) to help mix. The resulting 11-track set bristles with modern touches and big production values. The lush, driving opener "Overnight" impresses with hooks galore and a chorus that unapologetically shoots for the moon, and the laid-back but groove-heavy "Help Me Out" flexes its Muscle Shoals roots with aplomb. ~ James Christopher Monger