Flesh & Blood - Poison (USA)

More is less

In spite of several good moments and a highly accomplished band, is Flesh & Blood with 13 tracks and a length of 60 minutes simply just too much of a good thing. "More is more", said guitarist yngwie Malmsteen once. Not here, and it is as if David Coverdale doesn't quite have been able to decide which of the two primary versions of Whitesnake, he will be in charge of here in 2019. The blues dominated the time immediately after the Deep Purple with his masterpiece Slide It In or storsælgeren Whitesnake from 1987, with the one struck most of the american hair-metal bands back to the start? There are elements of both in Flesh & Blood, but yet too much of it last. 1980's glam-style is associated with one particular period, and there should be, no matter how much fun we had at the time. With this album comes David Coverdale in many ways to appear as the hairy-metallens answer to Austin Powers, and he deserves so much more.

Walking in the shadow of the blues

In the aftermath of the legendary Deep Purple's collapse in 1976, there was several (almost) equally famous and legendary groups. One of them was Whitesnake, who, with a few former Deep Purple members in the squad (fol.a. Jon Lord and Ian Paice) is probably also the post-Purple band, who have enjoyed the greatest commercial success. Whitesnake started really as a solo project for David Coverdale, and it is he who has swung both the microphone and his baton ever since and taken all the important decisions in the band's career.

Perhaps it is because of Coverdales start as a very young man in Deep Purple, where virtuosen Richie Blackmore was at the helm, that he more or less constantly surrounded themselves with other strings-ekvilibrister as John Sykes, Steve Vai, Adrian Vandenberg and Vivian Campbell. Today is the Reb Beach and John Hoekstra, who has taken over, and they might also shredde with the best. Forgotten are apparently the first Whitesnake albums, where blues-based guitarists, like Bernie Mardsen, Micky Moody and Mel Galley, focused more on feel, and what the songs needed, than on fingergymnastik. And precisely this turns out quickly to be a challenge, when you listen to Whitesnakes latest album, Flesh & Blood.

You lack the organ!

Albumåbneren "Good to See You Again" is a "now let's get the party started"-document, is also to open the concerts. With a captivating chorus and a delicious slide guitar, it's an absolute approved start. On "Gonna Be Alright" is recreated a bit of the mood from the success of the Coverdale-Page collaboration from 1993, without, however, quite reach the heights from one album, that came out of it. The single "Shut Up And Kiss Me" is a great party number, which relentlessly kicks the listener straight back to the 1980s with everything that belongs to. It's the same video, but unfortunately destroyed the case of its insistence on recapturing the spirit of the time beautiful women with Hundige-hair and tight spandex pants threw himself at the feet of types like Coverdale. Today is the kind of pubertært, utterly out of step with the times and, therefore, entirely misplaced. With the equilibristic guitar solo revelator, "Shut Up and Kiss Me" in addition, another frequent problem in Flesh & Blood: too much shredding but we will return to.

With song-titles like "Trouble Is Your Middle Name" and "Hey You (You Make Me Rock)" turn plates with the purist platitudes to get to. You could maybe afford to expect a little more of a man who has lived life and soon approaching the 70 trips around the sun. "Trouble" is actually a very solid rocker, but, unfortunately, another example of that perfect for victoria station shredding destroys the good mood, and even on a classic Whitesnake ballad, as "Heart Of Stone" can Hoekstra does not stick in the skin. It is absolutely impressive guitar-work, we are presented in Flesh & Blood, I just have a hard time seeing the point to compete with the fastest thrash, tech-death - or what-am-I-guitarists, when playing blues-based hard rock. So in spite of guitaristernes indisputable abilities are all the lir tiring in length.

Flesh & Blood is nice and well-produced, and Coverdales vocals are holding quite nice, but the keyboard is buried so deep in the mix, that the band never gets created the iconic Whitesnake sound. "You lack (Hammond)organ", as Stewart Stardust would undoubtedly exclaim.


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