Rick Springfield – ‘The Snake King’ – Album Review

Rick Springfield has been releasing music since the early 70’s.  You have the teeny bopper music from the 70’s to the pop hits he had in the 80’s including “Jessie’s Girl” which made him very famous. And now at 68, he brings his 20th studio album called “The Snake King”.

He has done many styles over the years and this time he ventures into the Blues genre.  The album is a mixture of Blues Rock and straight up Blues.  Now, this isn’t Blues like you would think with Curtis Mayfield or Robert Johnson, heck it isn’t even Blues like Kenny Wayne Shepherd and Jonny Lang.  This is Rick Springfield Blues.  He can try different genres, but he will always have that Rick Springfield sound and feel to his albums.  You can’t be around for 5 decades in music and not have your own style or vibe.

The Blues can be very depressing and sad at times and you might think, how is Rick going to honestly convey those emotions.  Well, let me tell you he hits the nail on the head with the blues.  Rick has suffered immensely with depression and he has had many issues in his life.  He digs deep and captures the stories and feelings from those dark times.

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Chester Bennington – R.I.P. (Singer for Linkin Park)

Another shocking death this week.  First David Z on Saturday, and now Chester Bennington from Linkin Park has died.  Apparently the cause of death is hanging by suicide which is completely tragic to me.  He has battled addiction in the past and apparently had many more demons.

My wife told me that she read that Chester was really good friends with Chris Cornell and today would have been Chris’ Birthday.  Chester even went out the same way as Chris Cornell which makes this death even sadder.

I have followed the band since the beginning and this death saddens me greatly.  I loved when Chester did some work with Stone Temple Pilots and hated he left that side project, but still glad Linkin Park was still going strong.  They were schedule to come here to Charlotte in August and I hate to think that won’t happen now.

The band had recently released a new album while receiving a lot of criticism from fans for the change in their sound.  Chester was very outspoken about the bands new direction and whole-heartedly stood behind that change.  I recently reviewed the new Linkin Park album and agreed with the fans as the change was a little too drastic for me although there were a few really good songs on the album.

I will leave with one of my favorite Linkin Park songs called “Numb”.  Rest in Peace Chester Bennington!!

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