"It's Only Life" was the best song in a set of fine ones from Kevin Salem's sensational Ecstatic, itself among the cream of 2001 rock and pop records. It deservedly earned release as a CD single by Future Farmer in this slightly new mix. The main alteration is the editing out of the verse from New Orleans rapper Michael Jackson. As strong as Jackson's contribution was, the change detracts little from the gloriously rootsy gem, and, in fact, may add to its timeless, "songwriterly" quality. (It certainly stands as a blessing for those not disposed toward rap but otherwise potential fans of the artist.) The rest is all sweeping, triumphant choruses and sun-burnished, road-weary romanticism delivered in Salem's matter-of-fact Hollywood drawl. A perfect single.
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AllMusic Review by Stanton Swihart