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Whitesnake: Flesh & Blood

Celebrating their 40th anniversary, David Coverdale & Whitesnake are back with their latest platter of new studio material, eight years after Forevermore and four after The Purple Album, this one titled Flesh & Blood and once again featuring Coverdale, Reb Beach (guitars), Joel Hoekstra (guitars), Michael Devin (bass), Tommy Aldridge (drums), and Michele Luppi (keyboards), their most solid line-up in years. With material that harkens back to styles from all the various eras of the band, fans will have lots to love here with Flesh & Blood.

"Good to See You Again" kicks things off in fine fashion, a bluesy, slide guitar fueled number that will bring back memories of the bands early '80s repertoire, Coverdale singing up a storm and Hoekstra & Beach trading some serious slide & lead guitar licks. "Gonna Be Alright" is a moodier rocker, but no less effective, again the lead guitars wailing, a trend that continues with the lead off single "Shut Up and Kiss Me", a tune that seems straight out of the Slip of the Tongue era. Probably the least successful song here, and a strange choice for the first single, but it is catchy and has plenty of ripping guitar work. Hearing just the song and blocking out the cliche ridden video the band did is the best way to go here on this tune. "Hey You (You Make Me Rock)" is a heavy, driving number with ballsy riffs, keys, and Coverdale's menacing vocals, another highlight on the album, and "Always & Forever" surprisingly sees the band touch on some cool Thin Lizzy styled moments, but of course with that classic, melodic Whitesnake hook laden touch. Since this is Whitesnake, you have to have a ballad, and here it comes in the form of "When I Think of You (Color Me Blue)", which, is nothing we haven't heard before, and I could have done without, but the ladies will love it. Next up is the upbeat, raunchy "Trouble Is Your Middle Name", a bluesy, metallic Southern Rock styled rumbler, and a hell of a lot of fun, complete with slashing guitars and a venomous Coverdale. Drum legend Aldridge also bashes up a storm on this one, with blazing leads from Beach & Hoekstra flying all over the place.

The title cut rocks hard, with crisp riffs and potent rhythms, another fist pumping anthem from the band, and you can keep your air guitar out for the memorable "Well I Never", a tune that could have easily come off the Slide It In or Come An' Get It albums, Hammond organ roaring and the bluesy licks sharp and biting. The moody "Heart of Stone" blends bluesy acoustic guitars, emotional vocals, and beefy riffs, for another memorable track, Coverdale digging deep and doing what he does best, and the slide guitars and wah-wah come out for the frantic blues rocker "Get Up". The vocalist hasn't forgotten his love for acoustic blues & pop with the tender "After All", another song with a great hook that is sure to please the bands female followers, and this leads up to the Led Zeppelin influenced "Sands of Time", a sort of "Kashmir" meets "Forevermore" epic styled rocker, twisting guitar lines, keys, and plenty of powerful lead and backing vocals combining for one of the albums most intriguing and exciting tracks.

If you pick up the expanded edition, you'll get a few bonus tracks as well as a DVD with bonus content & videos. "Can't Do Right For Doing Wrong" is another moody rocker complete with electric piano and stinging bluesy guitars, a real throwback to the bands early material, and "If I Can't Have You" is a snarling metal burner, Coverdale spewing venom and the guitar duo cranking out some serious riffage, but the chorus is plenty melodic and atmospheric. Good stuff.

I'm going to give this a very solid 4 stars, and in time that rating might go up a tad. There's a LOT of material here, and perhaps Flesh & Blood might have been helped by trimming a couple tracks, but in all honesty there's not a bad song in the bunch, and this latest Whitesnake is easily as strong as their last couple studio albums, which have all been very strong. An excellent album, from a very powerful line-up of Whitesnake. Great to hear them all together on new material after the success of The Purple Album- I've seen this formation together live on stage twice, and they are the real deal. Don't miss this one!

Track Listing

  1. Good To See You Again
  2. Gonna Be Alright
  3. Shut Up & Kiss Me
  4. Hey You (You Make Me Rock)
  5. Always & Forever
  6. When I Think Of You (Color Me Blue)
  7. Trouble Is Your Middle Name
  8. Flesh & Blood
  9. Well I Never
  10. Heart Of Stone
  11. Get Up
  12. After All
  13. Sands Of Time

Bonus tracks on the CD+DVD version:
Can’t Do Right For Doing Wrong (Bonus Track)
If I Can’t Have You (Bonus Track)

Added: May 11th 2019
Reviewer: Pete Pardo
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