Sound: Veterans of hard-rock Whitesnake are back to remind everybody once again the taste of the gold days of good ol' rock. It took them more than 10 years to release a studio album and it turns out that Good To Be Bad was worth the wait. Unlike a lot of recent reunions, this album doesn't seem to be a desperate attempt to earn a rise for their pension checks. Even more inspiring is the fact that the break rebounded to the band's advantage! The album itself is an overview of the Whitesnake's achievements over 30 years. It has it's bluesy moments from the band's early years as well as electric aspects, the band's latest position. From the first song it becomes obvious Whitesnake didn't loose the ability to rock, not a single bit of it. These old dudes still have the drive a lot of younger bands would die for.
This time around the guitar work is performed by Doug Aldrich and Reb Beach. These guys are worthly to be compared to the best guitarists that ever played with Whitesnake. Aldrich also co-wrote the songs with Coverdale and produced the album. There's a good balance on the album with three peaceful ballads and eight rocking tracks. The songs are heavy and rich for sounds, but not overloaded. Good To Be Bad has it's share of radio-friendly tracks, like ballad All I Want All I Need -- the new Is This Love. The album closes with a bluesy Till The End Of Time. It sounds so sad that could as well make the band's last song ever. A great choice for the closing track. // 10
Lyrics: I would be very surprised if the songs turn out to be about something but love. Tracks like All For Love and Lay Down Your Love prove Coverdale didn't change his source of inspiration over the years. Coverdale voice still sounds like Coverdale, but of course now it's not as good as it was in his younger years. It's not as powerful as before and it may have lost some attractiveness, but it gained the experience and the vibe remains the same. You can hear the weakness in the ballads and the attitude in the rockers. I would say it's the technique of singing that suffered over the years, not his vocal. It only added more spirit to it. // 9
Overall Impression: One of the outstanding things about the record is that you can actually feel the band's thirst for live. Try to compare them to those numerous amorphous whining young bands, and you'll see what I'm talking about. The musicians truly did their best creating the record and they seem to be fully satisfied with it. Coverdale admits that he would be happy if Good To Be Bad turns out to be the last studio record. This is such a masterful release you can hardly find any weak points in it. Surprisingly Good To Be Bad doesn't sound too vintage or stale. Whitesnake managed to produce a modern sound, still keeping their own seal. Maybe the clue is that their music is timeless? // 10
- Kosh (c) 2008