Billy Sheehan
Holy Cow!
Style: (Hard) Rock
Release date: March 23rd 2009

Billy (or should we call him cowboy Billy now) releases his third solo album entitled 'Holy Cow!'. Sheehan is one of the worlds greatest bass players and has played with Talas, David Lee Roth, Mr Big and Steve Vai. On this album he also plays guitars (Baritone 12 string and 6 string guitars), harmonica and he sings. Besides that he has invited some guests to play some parts: Simone Sello (guitar solo) on "Two People Can Keep A Secret", Billy Gibbons (lead guitar) on "A Lit'l Bit'l Do It To Ya Ev'ry Time", Paul Gilbert (guitar solo's) on "Dynamic Exhilarator", Dug Pinnick (lead vocals) on "Turning Point" and Ray Luzier (all drums).

Billy is a talented songwriter and you can hear that in most of the songs. Weakest point is his vocal performance. The record could have been even better if he had hired a real vocalist. Not that Billy can't sing, but you can definitely hear that he is not a natural singer. After a few songs his singing gets a little too average and a bit boring, as for the rest there is not much to carp on. All songs are (of course) based on strong bass-lines and are often very bluesy. Paul Gilbert's guitar solo's on the instrumental "Dynamic Exhilirator" gives this song just that extra touch to make it one of the better ones.

The song "Just Another Humanoid" kicks of with a bass-solo and the easy song "Turning Point" even reminds me of Prince's "Purple Rain". In this track you hear that a 'real' singer (Dug) makes the difference, more high/low variation and more volume and expression in the vocals than on the other tracks. "Two From An Imaginary Sci Fi" is an instrumental song, a bass-solo supported by drums, guitar and weird alien sounds.

Final conclusion is that Billy has made a good album with rock/bluesy songs. You can compare it with an album Joe Satriani uses to make, only here is the bass playing the leading part. I can especially recommend this record to all the bass-players who need a new challenge.

01. In a Week Or Two
02. A Lit'l Bit'l Do It To 'Ya Ev'Ry Time
03. Dynamic Exhilarator
04. A Bloodless Casualty
05. Make It To Another Day

Just Another Humanoid 

07. Turning Point
08. Time From An Imaginary Sci Fi
09. Another Broken Promise
10. Two People Can Keep A Secret
11. Cell Towers
12. She Goes From Cruel To Missionary
13. Sweat On An E String
Label: Mascot Records
Distribution: Target (Denmark)
Reviewed by: Reinier de Vries
Date: March 7th 2009