Whitesnake ‘Good To Be Bad’ CD Review
Coverdale is back with a vengeance and the new album ‘Good To Be Bad’ is a nice mix between Whitsnake’s 70’s blues and 80’s hair band styles. I find it rather interesting that Coverdale is the only original member here in 2008 and boy does this band not miss a step or feel like they have been out of the music scene for years. 1989 was the final year that Whitesnake released an album titled ‘Slip of the Tongue’ in the United States. The last project that Coverdale worked on and was released in the United States was the Coverdale/Page album in 1992, which is phenomenal for those that have never heard it. It is a great mix between Whitesnake, Led Zeppelin, the blues, and 70’s style of music.
It is rather difficult for a band to come back from being gone out of the scene in the United States for almost 20 years. In the 90’s when Grunge took over and ousted the hair band era of the 80’s to the side, many of the bands we listened to had no choice but to head to Japan and Europe where this type of music is still popular to this day. Over in Japan and Europe circa 1997, Whitesnake released an album titled ‘Restless Heart’ which has yet to see the day of light in the United States.
I remember hearing about this album being in production months ago, but it slipped my radar. As I was scouring the internet, low and behold I see an ad running promoting the new album. I was very excited to see that the album was just released. For those that have not yet read my ‘Sebastian Bach’ solo album review, I recommend doing so as it is yet another album from a returning 80’s/90’s rock star that was a part of the band, ‘Skid Row’. Sometimes I think it takes years for musicians that have been out of the scene to get back in, but boy do they pack a punch. I am hopeful that next week with the new Def Leppard album we got 3 for 3.
Normally I rundown the song list in my reviews, but I will not be doing with this review. If you were a fan of Whitesnake, I recommend you run out and pick up ‘Bad To Be Bad’. There is a song or two on the album that I would consider filler towards the end, but you have your 70’s blues, 80’s hair band, and the power ballads. There are a few power ballads on this album, where I can see ‘A Fool In Love’ and ‘All I Want All I Need’ receiving some radio time if given the chance. Some bands can never reinvent themselves, I think that David Coverdale has done something that many could never do in music, and that is return to his roots.