Sound — 10
Tour Bus Diaries is what happens when 80's meets 00's. White Flame's songs are so distinctly from the 80's, yet the sound it definately up to date. The basic tracks were recorded by the band itself, with several songs spiced up with various instruments. Amazingly, with all the overdubs and amounts of different instruments, the album is mixed very well with every instrument being distinguishable. While the songs are very 80's influenced, the instruments are very 00's. And in a good way! Tour Bus Diaries rocks just as hard as the debut Yesterday's News, while still progressing to a bigger sound. Despite the numerous overdubs, the songs still sound awesome when played live, too!
Lyrics — 9
White Flame's lead singer Vince deals lyrics very well. I was actually very surprised when I first went through the lyrics. To put it simply, they're awesome. Tour Bus Diaries is a album which was pretty much composed on tour. And the lyrics reflect it, with lots of exciting stories, girls and hard rocking! Lead Singer vince is definately one of the best new voices in the music industry. Also guitarist Anthon and bassist Sammye sing backing vocals very well, and the harmonies couldn't sound any better!
Overall Impression — 9
White Flame is nothing like any band that's come out in the last 15 years. Axl Rose sure could have used quite a few of the Tour Bus Diaries songs on his album. The first single off the album, Tall Thin In, is the best song on the album in my opinion. Also the second last song on the album, the ballad Life We Never Had, is really good, improving lots on the two ballads on the previous album. White Flame also has an awesome sense of humour, something that many rock bands seem to lack. They have a sketch in the middle of the album with two hiphoppers dissing rockers like the guys of White Flame. Also singer Vince crosses genre borders and actually beatboxes on one of the songs. Get your self a copy and figure out on which one!