Great White
Back to the Rhythm
Style: Hard Rock
Release date: August 31st 2007

Great White 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 more.

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.

Label: Frontiers Records
Provided by: Zink Music
Distribution: Bonnier/Amigo
Reviewed by: Kenn Jensen
Date: July 30th 2007