Power of Metal.dk Review

Great White
Style: Melodic Hard Rock
Release date: 18 May, 2012
Playing time: 40:20

The band behind the classic 80's hit "Once Bitten, Twice Shy" (which was a cover of Ian Hunters UK hit in 1975) has reunite and released a new piece of art with 8 brand new songs. Great White was one of the biggest American 'Hair Rock Bands' in the end of 80's and beginning of the 90's together with Bon Jovi, Warrent, Poison, Ratt and L.A Guns. Big world tours with Europe and Scorpions in the 90's took big chunks of energy of the band member's health. As you might know this Great White version is without Jack Russel, because Jack got his own of Great White version running and this Great White is with Mark Kendall - lead guitar, Michael Lardie - rhythm guitar, Audie Desbrow - drums from the original set up and they have the vocal pro Terry Ilous (XYZ) and Scott Snyder on the bass.

'Elation' is the 12'th studio album and to be honest, I've missed out on all of Great White albums after 1989! Since ALL the old bands from the 80's seem to reunite and release new written material on the CD, Great White deserves a chance as well to show that they can still delivers comfortable melodic rock and writes vital U.S. hard rock tunes...

Since I didn't like Terry's performance on the Bridger's album, I was quite skeptical when I saw that he was fronting Great White, but hey ho man ... he fits like a hand in a glove with Great White's more rock 'n' roll attitude and on "Elation" they give us a rock album in a more bluesy direction with nice guitar hooks and catchy tunes which rubs off through the headphones. The American BBQ rock hooks me directly in the intro song and the blues influences are obvious. My mother is a old Elvis fan and I think that she should like '(I've Got) Something For You', which is a typical easy-to-like track. In the next song it gets heavier and Mark Kendalls guitar riffs are tougher. I have to inform you that there is a great solo in that song too. Initially bluesy harmonica along with the raw, naked guitars and Terry's cool singing voice makes the slow 'Love Train' to one of the best songs on the album. 'Eleation' is a blues-hued disc and turns more to the adult audience than most of the albums do on this site. After the first four tunes it goes downhill. The good parts (Terry's vocals) does not lift the overall score to higher than a so-so level.

I can't find any hit tracks on the album, but if you are a fan of the American Blues Rock and likes Terry Ilous voice maybe this one is worth buying. To me this is a lame, slow and a quite boring album in the end and half of the songs is pure sleeping pills. Zzzz.

I had high expectations for this one and I can't find more than a handful (1-3) songs to keep in my IPod, nothing more. There are far better albums to put your money on this month.

01. (I've Got) Something For You
02. Feelin' So Much Better
03. Love Train
Heart Of A Man
Hard To Say Goodbye
Shotgun Willie's
Promise Land
Label: Frontiers Records
Distribution: Target (Denmark)
Artwork rating: 82/100
Reviewed by: Patrik Skoglund
Date: 4 May, 2012
Website: www.greatwhiterocks.com/