The other issue is simultaneously the record’s strength and weakness. I love the fact that this sounds like something you’d pick up off the shelf in the 70s, but the way we look at that era today, the best songs have risen to the top, and a lot of midlevel, weak songs have drifted away. Compared against your average 70's album, I’d imagine this one would come off pretty well. But, next to the best pop rock of the era, We All Belong doesn’t quite match up.
It’s got a lot of great sounds, but lacks the instant catchiness of the best pop rock. None of the songs are particularly catchy, they’re all enjoyable in the moment, but they don’t linger with you after the album. Listening to the album, it’s a good piece of work, but I felt no particular desire to go back and listen to it again after putting it down. And, other than the epic closing title track, there’s no real masterpieces here. But, ultimately, how much can we ask of an album. It’s totally entertaining in the moment, and after a few more listens, the songs might sink their way deeper into my brain. For now, it’s only a good album, not a great one.