Title: Flesh & BloodLabel: Frontiers Music Srl
here it is, the 13th album from Mr Coverdale's Whitesnake
and no two albums featuring the same line-up ... gotta keep
things fresh ya know!!.
a staggering 13 tracks, supposedly "all killer, no
filler" you would be forgiven for thinking this is
gonna be the BEST Whitesnake album since "1987"
... unfortunately you would be incorrect. Don't get me
wrong, considering the deterioration in his voice, he is 67
years old, there is some good songwriting on here.
off with "Good To See You Again", a dirty blues
number with an abundance of slide guitar and the Cov's
grittier, lower register vocal, it's all reminiscent of
early Whitesnake albums when the Moody/Marsden partnership
worked their blues magic.
Be Alright" a mid-tempo rocker that has touches of
Zeppelin, nice melodies with an almost hippy-esque feel.
Next up is "Shut Up and Kiss Me", a solid, rockin'
tune with a catchy chorus and those familiar Cov-erisms, the
closest any track on the album will get to the heights of
then have "Hey You (you make me rock)" a thrusting
song with vocal overtones reminiscent of Zeppelin once
again. You can imagine this being a staple in the live set
to get the audience singing along. "Always and
Forever" has a bit of a Thin Lizzy vibe to it and if
you close your eyes you can see the classic Lizzy line-up
playing this one.
so to "When I Think Of You (Color Me Blue)", a bit
of a power ballad, the guitar line is reminiscent of The
Deeper The Love. Coverdale's vocals are quite lush on here,
not as strong as in the past but the tone is still there.
Is Your Middle Name" has a catchy chorus and great
guitar work from Reb Beach and Joel Hoekstra. The
title track "Flesh & Blood" comes on like the
bastard relation of Thunder and The Cult with a classic
Whitesnake feel to it. It's that hard edge and it's got
groove! "Well I Never" brings back that
early Whitesnake era feel, a mid-tempo, blues groove nailing
down the whole song.
then onto "Heart Of Stone", slow and easy with the
Cov practically talking the verses before we get to the
chorus, and I've gotta say Michael Devin is an under-rated
bass player as he weaves the notes around this song and a
blistering solo from Reb Beach.
chicken-picking time as the guitars introduce us to
"Get Up", a rousing, all guns blazing
blues-fuelled rocker. "After All" is up
next, a rather folky, yes I said FOLKY, song with blues
tinges. Completely different from anything else on this
album but a rather delightful tune.
the album is the 6+mins "Sands Of Time", once
again we're in Zeppelin territory, imagine Judgement Day and
you're on the right track, a big song to finish off a big
Coverdale's vocals are
a long way from his peak as the 80's rock god but he has
managed them well on here. The voice still has that same
attitude and breathy presence ... BUT, I think this album
should be his swansong. The band on here have to be
commended, they are all excellent musicians and there's an
energy and passion about their playing.
This a good solid album, and if it weren't for Coverdale's vocals it probably would've been the best since Slip Of The Tongue ... and on that note we shall leave it.
Review by: Dave Brass
To See You Again
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