Whitesnake – “Shut Up & Kiss Me”
Photos by “Out With Ambler”
Just a short while ago, Whitesnake released their 13th studio album. Rock Titan’s “Out With Ambler” was able to feature them earlier on tour! It’s hard to believe Coverdale has been rocking out for 40 years. After listening to ‘Flesh & Blood’, Coverdale has retained his vocals that were showcased in earlier days. Perhaps what makes this new album the most dynamic is the presence of Reb Beach and Joel Hoekstra! So without further gilding the lily, let’s break down the newest Whitesnake release, ‘Flesh & Blood’.
Good to see you again – More like good to hear him again. I couldn’t believe it was Coverdale at first. Good old rock and roll! Reb Beach and Joel Hoekstra are awesome. I’ve known a couple of Whitesnake’s previous guitarists in the past. Reb and Joel took a bit of the sting out of their departures.
Gonna be alright – 2nd track on the album and I’m impressed. Coverdale has been making music how long? When was the last album? Sounds like he did in the glory days. Reb Beach and Joel Hoekstra definitely put in the time to make their stamp on this work. How much hair product is still used by these guys?
Shut up Kiss Me – No one has had someone they felt passionate about and didn’t utter those words. Guitar comes screaming out of the gate. This is the most metal sounding song so far. I’m still in awe of Coverdale’s vocals. Best Whitesnake in a long time! This is the kind of metal that not only defines an era, but shows just how much many of today’s up and coming artists have no clue. A template to model for sure!
Hey You – This may be the first song where I felt Coverdale was reaching for a sound he wasn’t gonna capture. Was this an experiment? Kinda pitchy. I liked the groove but vocals were just off. Of course what’s my opinion? I say track 4 is forgettable if not for some wicked guitar playing at the 3min30sec mark.
Always Forever – And there it is! That trademark Coverdale voice. Sounds awesome. A little too poppy for my taste. A dated tune. But David sounds great. After that… kinda forgettable back to back tracks. Guitar solo however kicks ass. Forgettable track other than that.
When I think of you – I’d call this a throw back to “Is This Love”. Similar feel and sound. Reb Beach and Joel Hoekstra are definitely capturing the early Whitesnake days. Coverdale is definitely not thinking of Tawny Kitaen. Or maybe he is?
Trouble is your middle name – I’m digging this from the jump with the sirens. I’d swear David was definitely singing this song about Tawny Kitaen! That gal had issues. Awesome guitar solo!
Flesh & Blood – At this point it’s my favorite song of the album. Flesh & Blood Encapsulates Whitesnake in all its glory. After Sykes and Aldrich, Reb Beach and Joel Hoekstra hold it down. But who wrote these lyrics? I can’t say it has the strength of late 1980’s success. There may never be another Sykes like artist that can provide Whitesnake with such magic.
Well I Never – Coverdale sounds incredible and maybe his best vocals on the entire album. This is where he stands out and is so distinctive. There is no voice that sounds like his in the entire industry. Guitar work again is pretty awesome. Just absolutely rocking out! What I want to know is who this song is about? I want to know this girl.
Heart of Stone – I dig the guitar and lyrics. There was something off about this arrangement though. Something tells me they struggled with the mastering of this track but just said “Ah screw it. We’re not cutting it, but it stays”. That said Reb Beach and Joel Hoekstra do kick some ass. Coverdale just seems like he’s singing someone else’s song. It didn’t seem he wasn’t really feeling it.
Get up – After “Heart Of Stone”, “Get Up” does just that. It makes you get up and I can see this firing up a crowd! Great work by Beach and Hoekstra. Memorable licks and solos.
After All – Oh I dig this! I LOVE the acoustics! I’d almost swear Simon and Garfunkel wrote this song. Coverdale sounds great. This is the kind of ballad you just want to drive down an open road with the windows or the top down. This is a testimony to Coverdale preserving his voice with diligence.
Sands of Time – So what does the final track have to hold? What direction will things go? Honestly… not sure I’d have made this the last track. I’d have moved things around. But what do I know? After All would have been a perfect track to wrap up an otherwise excellent full length album.
If you’re a Whitesnake or Coverdale fan you won’t be disappointed. There’s some songs of Flesh and Blood that are probably some of the best new material that Coverdale has put out in a long time.