DataReleased March 2011
Genre Hard Rock
N of discs 1
Edition date March 2011
Label Frontiers Records
REVIEWER: RAYMOND "EVERYBODY LOVES RAY" COONEN
Listening to 'Forevermore' now for the fifth time, I can truly say that Whitesnake finally recorded an album that can compete with their classic '1987' album. All elements what make Whitesnake great are there... and most important David Coverdale's voice is in great shape... Okay, not like it was back in the eighties but much, much better than on the previous 2008 album 'Good To Be Bad'. I hope that Coverdale can bring this voice violence to stage on the forthcoming tour. The last time I behold Whitesnake live the voice of Mister Coverdale was terrible... his attitude and stage performance made up for it. A real great showman.
Back to 'Forevermore'. The band's 11th studio album by the way. This version of Whitesnake (a new drummer and bass player have been added) kicks off with the heavy guitar rhythm song and instant classic 'Steal Your Heart Away'. With this track the mood is set because when you listen to 'All Out Of Luck' there will be no doubt that you are listening to a Whitesnake album. I even don’t have mention the intro of the official single Love Will Set You Free... the song from the first tone to the last is Whitesnake at its best.
After the wall of heavy metal thunder there is room for the first ballad... 'Easier Said Than Done'. For me this one had to be the first single.... it became the b-side. Super great song... The follow ups after this magnificent ballad are the melodic rockers 'Tell Me How' and 'I Need You (shine a light)'.
Coverdale and his gang made with 'One Of These Days' and 'Fare Three Well' two country like songs. Not bad in my opinion, but not everlasting. 'One of These Days' has a little bit up tempo melody in it like the older Whitesnake track called 'Too Many Tears'. In 'Fare Three Well' Coverdale does his unique and famous sighing?!? singing.
After these country outings, Whitesnake picks up where they left with 'Love & Treat Me Right' ( a real guitar hero solo in this one), 'Like Dogs In The Street', 'Whipping Boy Blues' (heavy rhythm song) and the more upbeat 'My Evil Ways' (ala 'Sweet Lady Luck') Talking about guitar solo’s....try this last one for a change at home !!! Even your air guitar catches fire!
With the title track the originally British band end their last creation. 'Forevermore' is an epic classic ballad and with 7:23 minutes the longest track on the shiny disk.
In every song on this album I can hear elements of older Whitesnake work. For me is that a big plus.
Guitarist Reb Beach (Winger/Dokken/Brian McDonald) and Doug Aldrich (DIO/Bad Moon Rising) deliver amazing guitar work together and have done an outstanding job.
Maybe there are no surprises in (the basics of) the songs but maybe that is just one of the most difficult things to do. I know that I said it before but...finally, finally a decent 100% Whitesnake album that can stand the test against '1987'.
David Coverdale – lead & backing vocals
Doug Aldrich – lead & rhythm guitars
Reb Beach – lead & rhythm guitars, backing vocals
Michael Devin – bass, backing vocals
Brian Tichy – drums, percussion
Timothy Drury – keyboards
Produced by Los Bros Brutalos (David Coverdale, Doug Aldrich, Michael McIntyre)
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