Jack Russell’s Great White - He Saw it Comin’

Jack Russell’s Great White He Saw it Comin’ cover
Jack Russell’s Great White
He Saw it Comin’
Frontiers Music Srl
2017
7
Average: 5.7 (54 votes)
Well weirdly… after a Great White album with XYZ’s Terry Illous, we now get a “solo” GW offering by Jack Russell. I hardly think that the world need multiple versions of the “same” band led by various different members, since most of the times it just goes to prove that the chemistry was there because of the specific line ups… yet in some rare cases, the output of the “separate” entities can be quite good.
 
Russell’s first outing without his former band mates, but a bunch of his longtime friends, ain’t exactly bad, but on the other hand, there’s a difference in chemistry (obviously) – a bit of usual tear and wear on his vocals after all these years… oh well, I suppose things to be expected…
 
“Sign of the Times” ain’t bad but a bit too reminiscent of a contemporary take on Priest’s “Desert Plains”….
 
“Blame it on the Night” is a lot better, but feels a little too processed.
 
“Godspeed” and “She Moves Me” are more contemporary, largely acoustic numbers; the first a bit doo-wopey, the latter a bit smoother and jazz rocky, with a tiny bit of electricity in there… funky but cool.
 
“Crazy” slowly gets back into a more 80s sleazy rocker, but not super heavy. The production tries to be “modern” everywhere, the vocals are also a bit too verbed, not to the point of annoyance, but certainly a bit too round, I might have liked them a bit more direct…
 
“Love Don’t Live Here” builds and builds and builds and when it releases, just doesn’t work that well… which is sad really.
 
“My Addiction” starts in an almost Doors’y way, but descends down to mid tempo – boredom territory fast, lacking in the chorus department.
 
“Anything For You” starts with some static crackling and is a quite decent, but way too simple ballad that almost happens towards the end, when it tries to get a little more complex, but feels more like a gentle letdown.
 
“He Saw it Comin wastes a while, with intro and drips with resentment for the split, with the lyrics being extremely chastising; it even gets a bit Queen-like, quasi symphonic in the middle section, at least after a series of misfires, this is an interesting enough song…
 
“Don’t Let Me Go” is yet another lounge-y number, which however works, since the sign of a good song is the ability to do it in different styles and still feel it translates; this almost poppy number does…
 
Finally and weirdly enough, “Spy Vs Spy” is a nice, if not a bit quirky number, I guess possibly inspired by the hilarious 60s cartoon of the same name…
 
All in all, not a bad release that shows definitely that Russell’s an important part of the “White” legacy and able to come up with some pretty good tunes, probably some of the better ones to come out of anyone involved with the band, including themselves post millennially. Who would have thought…

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