"'What Is This Life?' is an album that reconciles Fingers of the Sun's earlier sound (rooted in '60s pop and psychedelia) with the lush arrangements and melancholic but hopeful undertones characteristic of the band's more recent live performances.
The vivid and layered sound should come as no surprise. The band recorded 'Life' at EastWest Recording Studios in Los Angeles, in the same room in which most of the Beach Boys' Pet Sounds, as well as much of the Mamas & the Papas' oeuvre, was recorded. The group had hoped to capture the energy of this stellar musical lineage in its own recordings." - Westword