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The winner of worst Whitesnake album is....Slip of the Tongue.
on 22 January 2012
It was always going to be impossible to follow 1987 & the brilliance of John Sykes with a worthy follow-up,& Dorothy & this version of the 'snake failed miserably.Historically Steve Vai gets blamed for this awful record with his ridiculous & totally out of place ,widdly,diddly over-playing,but that's only half the tale.Vai did'nt pick himself for the band,Dorothy did,& surely Dorothy had heard of Vai's style of playing on the David Lee Roth albums ,so he must've known what he was getting & surely Dorothy would have told Vai what exactly he wanted & where to reign it in a bit & show a bit of restraint.Officially the other guitarist Adrian Vandenburg was injured so Vai had to play all the guitars,yet all the songs are written by Coverdale/Vandenburg,yet Vai plays all the guitars on the album,mmm,how does that work???By the way Vandenburg didnt miss a single gig on the tour!mmm ??To the actual songs then;In fairness to Vai,a great deal of the songs are at best garbage ;the title track,Cheap n Nasty,Slow Poke Music,Kittens got Claws,hopeless,hopeless,stuff which might be why Vai overdid it,to liven the rubbish up.The best songs on here are Now your Gone,Judgement Day & Sailing Ships.The Deeper the love is ok,but the solo on it is plain WRONG no matter how technically skillful it is.Again, as with 1987 there are re-workings of an old song for the american market ,alas,sadly this ploy fails & Fool for your Loving is destroyed,so stick with the original.Unless you are a completist,avoid this album,& download the better tracks.Coverdale & Vai are 2 legendary artists in heavy rock,no question about it.But NOT together!If you like Coverdale then get any of the Whitesnake albums before this,his Deep Purple stuff, or get the recent Forevermore.If Vai's your bees knees,then get Dave Lee Roth's Eat em & Smile,or Vai's own Passion & Warfare.