Genre: Hard Rock
No matter if you are a rock star (or you used to be one, over thirty years ago) or a newbie if you have something to say you better get to a studio to record it, we will be here for it. So you can understand that I was really disappointed from Snakes last efforts “The Purple Album”, “The Purple Tour [Live]” and “Unzipped” shit and stuff. As the band had nothing really to say, nothing at all. The new album may has a not so unique title as it brings me in mind Poison’s third record and multimillionaire sales album from 1990 and the artwork cover is a remake/recycle of their cover art theme of their most successful album from 1987, but it’s songs are truly awesome. Ok, probably you’ll find a couple of fillers –something common in a thirteen tracks album that often falls into the trap of being overlong -but the big picture shows Whitesnake is in great shape. The album in its entirety has a nice flow and some excellent ideas. Coverdale uses some old tricks that will please his die-hards, while his ballads will always make girls wet despite he is almost 70 years old. I can’t forget to mention Aldridge’s comeback behind the drum set, which gives a warm sound on the rhythm section. Of course many would wonder if “Flesh and Blood” it also marks the comeback of the Aldrich/Coverdale writing duet, which compositions shined in the band’s glorious return in ‘Good to be Bad’ (2008) and ‘Forevermore’ (2011). For those who wonder now we have a new era as the 2 guitarists, the ‘new one’ Joel Hoekstra and Reb Beech, who has been on board since the 2002, now seem to have more confidence, as both are offering in almost all compositions (Hoekstra in 6 and Beech in 5 tracks). The main conclusion is that we deal with a decent and strong release that shows respect to the bands legacy and fans. Stand-out tracks: ‘Shut Up & Kiss Me’, ‘Trouble Is Your Middle Name’, ‘Hey You (You Make Me Rock)’, ‘Heart Of Stone’ and ‘Sands Of Time’.