Whitesnake’s return, three years ago, was welcomed by all the hard rock fans and greeted with positive comments and reviews. David Coverdale is once again here with the brand new album “Forevermore” and we couldn’t ask for more (taken all things into consideration). For starters, let me say that if you liked “Good To Be Bad” then you will be thrilled with “Forevermore” as it is far better and qualitative. The two things that characterize Whitesnake’s brand new offering is the “retro” sound and the multi-dimensional musical identity of the compositions. And by “retro”, we don’t exactly mean “Slip of the Tongue” or “Slide it in”…roll a few years down the line and stop somewhere in between “Ready an’ Willing” and “Come an’ Get It”, add a few touches (here and there) of “1987” and you get a pretty valid picture of “Forevermore”.
The second striking element of the album is the variety in the chosen tracks and the sensational guitar assault that Doug Aldrich and Reb Beach had in store for us. In more details, the ballad “Fare Thee Well” could have easily been cued of a Rod Stewart record, “Dogs in the Street” pays tribute to the greatest Whitesnake record (I don’t even have to mention the name, do I?) while the closing, title track is simply “Sailing Ships” circa 2011! Generally, though, the songs refer immediately to the blues/hard rock sound that was so gladly embraced by Serpens Albus in their first 5-6 albums.
I’ve said before and I’ll say it again…we are in deep need of good records by the rock giants and Whitesnake does exactly that by delivering the brilliant “Forevermore”. After all, it’s a job that Mr. Coverdale and Co. know pretty well!
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I agree, and I have to say that “Forevermore” is worthy of the band’s huge, and glorious history, as well as Coverdale’s career. It encapsulates great power, energy, swagger, and of course emotion. Musically, I think it’s one step higher than the previous “Good To Be Bad”, while it feautures one of the best ever Whitesnake songs, “Fair Thee Well”, which sounds like a tribute to Rod Stewart with a southern rock touch.
What I really enjoyed was that the band’s musican’s had space to play, and create, with Aldrich-Beach on guitars going mental, and taking off several songs. I am also giving credit for putting a lot of fast songs on the album, and they didn’t the easy way of flooding it with ballads.
I wish they release more albums like that, and they play some of these new songs when they come over in Greece for their shows this summer!