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Great White - 2012 Elation

ARTIST: Great White
ALBUM: Elation
LABEL: Frontiers
YEAR: 2012
SPONSOR: Frontiers (Haulix)


LINEUP: Terry Ilous - lead vocals * Mark Kendall - lead guitar * Scott Snyder - bass * Audie Desbrow - drums * Michael Lardie - guitar, keyboards

TRACK LISTING: 01 (I've Got) Something For You * 02 Feelin' So Much Better * 03 Love Train * 04 Heart Of A Man * 05 Hard To Say Goodbye * 06 Resolution * 07 Shotgun Willie's * 08 Promise Land * 09 Lowdown (Bonus Track) Just For Tonight * 10 Just For Tonight * 11 Love Is Enough * 12 Complicated



Time hasnt been a great friend of Great White in recent years. Sure, they've released a bunch of albums during that time but the response has been on the cool side of lukewarm. Coupled with the recent departure of Jack Russell and the ongoing fallout of the Rhode Island disaster, the band always seem to be on the back foot. Less than positive reviews hasn't put a dampener on their activity. In fact they seem to have grown a leg or two with no sign of slowing down. Terry Ilous, last seen with the band Bridger from last year and also (more famously) from XYZ, takes over the mike stand from Russell, and it's hard to say whether this was a successful venture. I'll err on the side of caution and say 'yes', but the Great White of 2012 are a far cry from the band that I remember during the 80's when they really were a force to be reckoned with. These days, their version of rock is on the lighter side, and I'll add the point that they veer to the boogie side of the dance-floor with nods to Status Quo, latterday UFO and Foghat, perhaps even a dose of Rolling Stones!! I'm not so sure whether that's a compliment or not, but I do know one thing; don't expect to hear 'Out Of The Night' or 'Substitute' bashed out in 80's fashion because 1984 was a long long time ago and these chaps are quite happy where they sit musically.. obviously.

The Songs
I will admit that only half the album conveyed any appeal for me. When GW crank it out in rockin' fashion, they sound fantastic. Even a couple of acoustic bluesy ballads sound quite good too. But when they hover in that delta blues part rock mode it all sounds very ho-hum and unappealing. This is the sort of the band that needs to be operating at full tilt to be effective. They've proved in the past how good they can be when the pedal is to the floor. This vision is made more apparent on the first track '(I've Got) Something For You' which is a real rabble rouser. The second track 'Feelin' So Much Better' is good too, in a swagger of sleaze and blues oriented music-meld. Wasn't keen on the delta-blues dabble that was 'Love Train', moving on instead to the mid-paced rocker 'Heart Of A Man', this one was ok without setting Guiness Book Of Records for musical attention span. 'Hard To Say Goodbye' drops back to acoustic ballad tempo, it's a sweet tune in the vein of acoustic era Tesla, who have been given a huge profile here just recently. 'Resolution' is a sassy rocker which has a does of current era UFO racing through its veins. Another UFO soundalike is 'Shotgun Willie's' with lyrics that could've been penned by one Phil Mogg. Definitely think the ballad 'Promise Land' is excellent, though a touch too southern veering to Confederate styled ramblings, it's pretty good. Couldn't get into the guitar crunch of 'Lowdown' unfortunately, which plods too much for my liking. Getting near the end of the album, 'Just For Tonight' gives the impression of being a commercial rocker, in keeping with the previous material. Michael Lardie gets to take the lead on piano for 'Love Is Enough', a ballad which sounds out of place considering what we've heard just prior. Still, it's a nice wistful tune, and a good game-changer to include on the CD. The closer 'Complicated' is a tinker-tap piano barroom boogie which has Rolling Stones written all over it. Yes, it's good for what it is, but unfortunately not for me.

In Summary
I guess we can thank Frontiers for keeping the legacy of GW alive, even though there are two versions of the band now: if you include Jack Russell's Great White. Just how this pans out remains to be seen (Survivor anyone?). Altogether a reasonable album, and one the GW faithful will support, but for the rest of you, I'm thinking that 'Elation' won't give you happy feelings as the album title would suggest. Apart from a couple of good songs, the overall strength of the material is not as strong as their past material, though in securing Terry Ilous as their singer, there could be hope for the future.. but let's wait and see if there is a legal suit first.

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#1 | gdazegod on June 20 2012 12:11:57
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#2 | retroaddict on June 22 2012 08:42:04
Not bad! "(I've Got) Something For You" will have definite appeal to those who loved Rhino Bucket and The Four Horsemen back in the early 90's.
#3 | dangerzone on December 07 2013 00:16:00
That album cover might be the most embarrassingly amateurish one I've ever seen.
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