Whitesnake - Forevermore
Reviewer: Nermin Habib - 2012-09-06
Highlights: 1-14, take your pick.
Whitesnake needs no introduction, since their rise during the '80's glam period, they've since been immortalized as one of the few, if not only, Hard Rock bands whose music can affix themselves to situations that range from drunken, late-night speeding and a couple walking into the same bathroom stall; to a frustrated accountant's meltdown and a middle-aged woman's 9-5 visitors.
For lack of a better description, Whitesnake's 2011 album, “Forevermore” embodies all the ethics and codes of Old-school Rock while slowly shedding it away as each song progresses. When considering that the album was composed with the assistance of guitarist Doug Aldrich and Dutch titan, Adrian Vandenburg, it's clear that the instrumental aspects of the record can be considered as more than adequate for even the technicality-oriented critic. From the start, “Steal You Heart Away” strikes you straight in the chest, David Coverdale proving that age is nothing but an excuse for ticket discounts.
It's difficult to pinpoint exactly what makes this album special, Whitesnake has long since established a musical standard that has become too infused in their image to deviate from. However, what this album provides is not the promotional, new-age shtick that most metal bands now are marketing as music, it's more of a nostalgic montage of the fundamentals that once governed the '80's scene (“Fare Thee Well”.)
Although “Forevermore” is less sleazier than it's predecessors, as it incorporates more mature bluesy and acoustic tracks than a typical Whitesnake album, it stays true to their “Slip of the Tongue” roots. With the poisonous yielding power of Coverdale's vocals, guitars that are played like the personification of the girls they attract, the blatantly groovy bass lines and drums that enforce the band's Hard Rock concepts (“My Evil Ways”), “Forevermore” can only be considered as proof that Whitesnake still has music to offer and the talent to deliver it in a way that slowly coils around your feet up to your neck.