JULY 2nd 2019

Review by Ruben Mosqueda

David Coverdale has been in nostalgic mode as of late, he worked with Rhino Records on three Whitesnake box sets [2017-2019] for the ‘Whitesnake’ album released in 1987, the ‘Slide It In’ album released in 1984 and an acoustic collection that covers the band’s career and also featured the never before released in North America ‘Stalkers In Tokyo’ album that featured Coverdale’s ‘right hand man’ for many years Adrian Vandenburg. Let’s not forget there was also ‘The Purple Album’ [2017] which covered select cuts from the span of Coverdale’s tenure in Deep Purple, also there was ‘The Purple Tour’ [2018] DVD, Blu-Ray and live album from the tour supporting the aforementioned release.

There’s been a lot of Whitesnake product, let’s not forget “Here I Go Again” and “Is This Love” getting a lot of airplay on the idiot box with this use in various commercials. No new music however, until this spring, when Coverdale and Co. surfaced from Lake Tahoe with ‘Flesh & Blood.’

The current Snake line-up features, guitarists Joel Hoekstra and Reb Beach, bassist Michael Devin, keyboardist Michele Luppi, and the drum god Tommy Aldridge with Coverdale fronting, you’ve got a band loaded with some firepower. While Coverdale’s vocal chords have seen better days, he’s surrounded himself with a supporting cast that can support him vocally in studio and in the live setting.

The highlights on ‘Flesh & Blood’ include, “Hey You (You Make Me Rock Hard)” it’s got a detuned Deep Purple contemporary sound to it, “Trouble Is Your Middle Name” is the stereo typical Whitesnake tune that fans have come to expect from Coverdale, complete with predictable sexual innuendos, but it absolutely rocks, “Heart Of Stone” is another ‘Purplesque’ tune that could have even made the cut on the 1987 record, the first video release “Shut Up & Kiss Me” is fantastic and was a brilliant choice to launch the album, it demands to be played live and it’s got a catchy chorus. In the end ‘Flesh & Blood’ is a respectable record from the second half of Whitesnake's career. Coverdale set the bar high with 2011s ‘Forevermore’ which is a tall order for anyone, having said that ‘Flesh & Blood’ does have some fine moments.