"The Buyout" showcases the dissonant harmonies that Blue Blood tend to favour; the swirling, soaring vocals produce a psychedelic, catchy sound. The album's highlight is "We Could Never Be Friends," a gem of a track that features a driving, drum line-esque beat and spooky synth details, all surrounding the track's simple yet poetic lyrics: "We could never be friends / but would it kill to pretend?"
Elsewhere, the album tends to take a leisurely pace — a lazy guitar solo fades into lo-fi fuzz on "Money to Lose" — which can make the tracks feel stagnant and almost repetitive at times. But, overall, Blue Blood have created a solid work of pleasing, psychedelic pop with This Is the Life. (This Is American Music)