Talisman didn’t waste any time between their last studio album, ‘Cats & Dogs’, and this one, ‘7’. It is amazing they had time to even do an album as Jeff Scott Soto’s schedule was quite busy with his solo album & touring, his work with Soul SirkUS and then his stint as lead singer of Journey. It was a hectic and crazy schedule. Somehow they did it. The band was back together with Jeff, Marcel Jacob, Frederik Akesson and Jamie Borger and heck, even Pontus Norgren was there to help mix the album. The family was back for one last hurrah as it would turn out as this is the very last studio album by Talisman. A few years later, there were talks of doing another album, but before they could get to it, Marcel Jacob passed away in 2009. This was the end of Talisman and I still get sad thinking of it as I really do enjoy this band.
The original title of the album was called ‘BAR’ which was an inside joke with the band as it stood for ‘Bitter-Angry-Resentful’ which apparently was their outlook on certain life events…who knows if that is true, but I like it. They settled on ‘7’ which is actually the 7th Studio album of the band and they chose the theme of Lucky 7 with all the gambling pictures and Vegas pictures in the album artwork. The album was released on October 20, 2006 by Frontiers Records and they intended to do a tour with the release, but Jeff’s Journey commitment kept getting in the way. The tour was postponed until later in 2007 and by that time, Jeff was let go from Journey as we discussed in the last post. No need to rehash that story. We might as well talk music.
The album kicks off with the most upbeat, happiest guitars with a killer riff at a tempo that will have you flying down the road at 100mph if you are in your car. “Falling” is a modern sounding song while still holding on to the great melodic rock sound. There are keyboards in there (not credited) that really add a great punch to the song. I don’t know how Jamie Borger keeps up the pace he is going pounding those drums. It might be the fastest song they’ve done. Jeff sounds great and the melodies in the song are wonderful. What an astounding opening track.
Starting back on August 1st, 2019, we started the David Coverdale Series of reviews. It was a long process and after 36 reviews, we are capping off the series with not one, but two album rankings. The first one, this one, is going to cover only the Whitesnake albums. The second one, next week, will cover ALL albums that David Coverdale has done. The list are only studio albums. No E.P.’s, no live albums and no greatest hits.
Whitesnake started back in 1978 and was a result of David going solo after his stint in Deep Purple and he realized he enjoyed the band aspect and Whitesnake was born after 2 solo albums. The name was taken from the title of David’s first solo album and now David is the only original member. Hell, it was really his band anyway. One of the few bands it doesn’t matter who is in it as long as David is singing. If you want to read the reviews of each album, check out the list at the bottom of the post and click away and go explore each album in more depth. Thanks
The really cool thing I discovered when I went back to compile my list is that no album saw a score of less than a 3.0 out of 5.0 Stars. How many bands can say that. Probably not a lot. Enough chit chat, now let’s get started…
For My Sunday Song #202, we are going to talk about a more recent Whitesnake called “Forevermore” off the 2011 album of the same name. It is the final song on the album and I don’t know if David has ever ended an album with a song as strong as this one…maybe “Sailing Ships” and this even has that epic feel. This might be the best song he has written in 20 years if not ever!
“Forevermore” is such a beautiful song both lyrically and musically. Lyrically, it could be about a woman that his been with him for years and he is thinking about all the good times and the bad that they had. She makes him feel safe and he will be with her forever and ever. Or…it could be about music. Music has been his love his whole life. He is looking back at all those years and those years are his career. The place where he feels at home is with his music, his songs. They are his heartbeat and they give him so much love and joy. However you interpret the song, there is no denying an unwavering love and passion for whoever or whatever David is writing about.
Musically, the song starts off as a beautiful acoustic track filled with keyboards that give the song an airy, calming feeling. The song then slowly starts to build in to a full on explosion of sound with a slow and stunning guitar solo orchestrated by Doug Aldrich. The rhythm section of the band adds a unique sound that gives a slight middle eastern vibe to it. The song screams epic. It feels larger than life. It breathes a confidence that this is something special. And David, oh David, he gives the performance of all performances. You can tell this song means something to him and as his delivery has purpose and meaning and conveys an emotional attachment like no other. Job well done sir!!
After only three short years after Whitesnake’s ‘Good to Be Bad’, David and company bring us their next studio album, ‘Forevermore’. The album was released on March 9, 2011 and in modern Whitesnake times, 3 year gap is like a week as the gap between ‘Good to Be Bad’ and the previous studio album was 11 years.
David Coverdale and Doug Aldrich wrote the entire album together as David likes to sit with his guitarist and come up with the songs just as he did with Vandenberg and Sykes. The two tried to capture an album that was rooted in the early Snake albums with that blues rock feel and soak it in the modern rock of today. Of course, the sprinkled a little of the late 80’s in some songs to not alienate anyone. And did they succeed? I will let you know soon enough so slow that roll!
The line-up to the band has some changes to it. Doug Aldrich and Reb Beach are still unchanged from the line-up of the last album. However, we have had turnover in the rhythm section as we now have Michael Devin on Bass and Brian Tichy on drums. A pretty lethal duo. One thing I noticed is that Timothy Drury has been relegated down to a Special Guest for this album when he was a band member on the last…Interesting. A one cool special guest on this is Jasper Coverdale, David’s son, who supplies some backing vocals….David must be proud! Continue reading “Whitesnake – ‘Forevermore’ – Album Review (The David Coverdale Series)”→