Rick Springfield has a new album coming out on January 26th, 2018 called ‘The Snake King’. If you are expecting a “Jessie’s Girl” pop album you will be sadly disappointed. Rick is exploring his rock side. Even more, he is going back to his early influences and it is a more Blues-Rock oriented album.
The first single, “Little Demon”, is a wonderful example of that sound. It is a hard, rocking song with some heavy blues influence. Rick sounds great and he can still deliver the goods. The highlight of the song is the music as you can see below, there are not a ton of lyrics. The song is very guitar heavy and at over 5 minutes is a really long song that we are not accustomed to from Rick. He is definitely stretching himself artistically and if this is an example of what is to come on the album, we are in for a treat.
I am well aware that Rick can bring the rock as he did just that with his album Shock/Denial/Anger/Acceptance which is my favorite album of his. I wasn’t sure he could pull of the blues as well, but I have to say I wasn’t disappointed. His voice is gritty enough now to pull off the vocals and the team surrounding him has done a great job musically. Is it the best blues song I have heard and the most authentic, no. However, if you are a fan of Rick Springfield, it is a great rock song and you should be able to get on board with it. I do like it better than anything on his last release so that is a good sign.