has always had a special place in my universe, and thankfully they
have reunited here in 2007, and are ready to take on the world once
Mark Kendall (guitars), and Jack Russell (vocals) have been the core
of the band for the past 25 years, Audie Desbrow (drums) and Michael
Lardie (guitars) have been part of most of the ride. A ride, that
took them to the stars with their much acclaimed 1989 album
'...Twice Shy', which earned them a Grammy Award nomination as Best
Hard Rock Performance for the song "Once Bitten, Twice Shy". At the
other end of the spectre we do sadly have the event that almost cost
us a very good hard rock band as well as many lives; when tragedy
struck in February 2003. The fire in The Station nightclub in West
Warwick, Rhode Island, which to this day is one the saddest days in
rock history. Great White guitarist Ty Longley was one of
many casualties in the fire.
2007 marks Great White's 25th Anniversary, and 'Back to the
Rhythm' is their first album in 8 years. Those eight years since
they put 'Can't Get There from Here' out have passed without any
musical changes...they stay faithful to their bluesy and soulful
style of hard rock.
So rock fans, who count albums like 'Once Bitten', '...Twice Shy' or
my personal favourite 'Sail Away' among their favourite hard rock
albums can without hesitation pick this new Great White album
up the day it's released.
Jack Russell still stands out with his very unique voice; his very
rough and raw singing style is still what gives the shark the edge
over so many other bands. The classic bluesy signature is still very
much present, and the guitar works is powerful and up-front just
like we are used to.
This is by no means a new '...Twice Shy' album, but it's still
strong enough to rock my world and make me wanting to dig up the old
albums. A good comeback album that any hard rock fan should at least
give a serious consideration.
Please welcome back the shark.