Release date: March 29th, 2011
Last week, David Coverdale and Whitesnake returned with their 11th studio album, and first since Coverdale suffered a severe vocal fold edema and a left vocal fold vascular lesion in 2009. The new record, Forevermore, hit Billboard’s Top 200 at #49, one spot ahead of Within Temptation‘s The Unforgiving.
Forevermore is Whitesnake’s second studio output since reforming the band in 2002. While Coverdale remains the only original member, the signature of the Snake has always been his legendary voice backed by a blistering and bluesy two-guitar attack. On Forevermore those axe-slingers, Doug Aldrich (ex-Dio) and Reb Beach (Winger, ex-Dokken, ex-Alice Cooper), are at peak performance. Their work is ballsy and riotous when need be, and liquid smoke where required.
The big question heading into this record would be whether Coverdale still had the pipes after his 2009 illness. While he’s lost some of the timber we all remember from his youth, his voice is as electric and inviting as ever. He still has the power and intriguing inflections that make him one of rock’s most identifiable and iconic throats.
All the things you buy a Whitesnake record for can be heard here. While this album is perhaps a bit more acoustic-based than 2008’s Good To Be Bad, it’s no less of a raucous party.
Forevemore is steeped in the blues, arguably moreso than we’ve heard previously from Coverdale and Co. While there are no “Here I Go Again”-type anthems here, you’ll feel right at home in the grooves of this 13-track offering.
“Love Will Set You Free” and “I Need You (Shine A Light) have radio-friendly written all over them, without the “we-tried-to-write-a-hit-single” vibe.
Want one of those feel-good Coverdale power-ballads, listen no further than “Easier Said Than Done”, or the acoustic “One of These Days”.
Want some classic Whitesnake romp and roll? Crank up “Love and Treat Me Right” or the album opener, “Steal Your Heart Away”.
The band isn’t reinventing their own wheel on Forevermore, rather they have given us a slip-into-something-comfortable album of no frills rock and roll.