It’s Already Tomorrow, released last year, saw Foster and Lloyd reuniting for the first time since Version of the Truth more than twenty years prior. They’ve picked up where they left off, giving country fans an album worthy of their legacy. To date there haven’t been any singles released from the project.
The album kicks off with the title track, welcoming the listener with an amped up guitar solo before the drums and steel guitar kick in. While the production is kind of loud, it blends to create a memorable melody to compliment Radney Foster’s lead vocal. I enjoy the sunny vibe of this song and the story of a guy a little hesitant to face the consequences of saying “I love you” once the next morning arrives.
The majority of the album continues in the up-tempo vein of the title track. Songs like “That’s What She Said,” “Lucky Number,” “Hidin’ Out,” “Can’t Make Love Make Sense” and “Don’t Throw It Away” all have that rockish vibe to them. They definitely give the album an edge and contribute to the upbeat energy of the record.
“That’s What She Said” works because it sounds (musically speaking) as a nicely updated version of their classic “Crazy For You.” I love the playfulness of the lyrics and the perceptiveness of the guy as a keen observer:
Well, I’ve never been able to leave a double meaning on the table
(That’s what she said)
When I’m looking for a good time I wink at her
And throw another punch line
(That’s what she said)
But what sells the song, for me, is their ability to use the “that’s what she said” joke and actually make it work in song, without it sounding corny. I’ve heard that joke used in many contexts and here they bring some maturity to it without sacrificing its tongue-in-cheek qualities
“Lucky Number” is along the same lines and has as cleverly written a lyric by Foster with Bill Lloyd and Thomas John Peterson. The opening lines with the description of the woman walking down the street in her high heels is classic and I love the writers’ ability to flush out the fullness of the story.
The equally guitar and drum heavy “Hidin’ Out” succeeds on the premise of a guy, in a bar, wondering where this woman he has his eye on has been hiding out all this time. The production sells the song as it rocks just hard enough to glide the story along.
“Can’t Make Love Make Sense,” drenched in steel guitar, is another excellent effort. The airtight harmonies and honky-tonk styling help the song to become ingrained in your head and the catchy lyric is easy to sing along to.
At first, “Don’t Throw That Away” sounds much to rock to pass as country but in this market anything is possible. The muscular guitar open comes at the listener quite strongly and suggest 80s power ballad opposed to country shuffle. As it progresses, it doesn’t get any couturier and the loud production is in sharp contrast to Lloyd’s soft vocal performance. The longest track on the album, it’s also easy to discard in comparison to the rest of the project.
But not all the songs suggest a rock influence. The wonderful “If It Hadn’t Been For You” slows down the tempo and brings out a venerable side to the duo. The soft acoustic arrangement, complete with guitars and a gentle drum beat, nicely frame the story of a man letting his woman know the kind of person she helped him become:
If it hadn’t been for you
I might have never bought a ticket
for the ride of this crazy life
Or learn to love the twists and turns,
the ups and downs with you by my side
Another ballad, “Something ‘Bout Forever” suggests an influence by the Eagles in its mix of strumming guitars and pedal steel. It’s easily one of the most country sounding songs on the project and a favorite of mine. Unlike the majority of It’s Already Tomorrow, “Something ‘Bout Forever” isn’t as heavily produced so it stands out in all the right places.
“Watch That Movie” is a unique take on a love song where the guy wants to go back and see the world of his woman before they met. I love the idea of wondering what someone’s childhood must’ve been like and how much more personal the relationship would be had we shared in all those experiences together. Foster and Lloyd have written a very thought provoking and interesting lyric here that I quite enjoy a lot.
The beautiful “When I Finally Let You Go” is a sweet and simple lyric about a guy imagining his thoughts to his wife once she travels to the great beyond. The barely there production suits the song well and I loved how it opens A Capella. Next to, “Something ‘Bout Forever” it ranks among my favorite tracks on the project.
Overall, It’s Already Tomorrow is a very strong return by one of 80s country’s most interesting duos. It rocks a little harder than I expected, but it proves they still make great music together after all these years.