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.