Well, I really liked last years debut from White Widdow, saying of the Ozzie AORsters, "It's as if the eighties had never died and grunge had never happened as the band look back to the glory days of Survivor, Journey, Giant and White Sister for some impeccable melodies, soaring keyboards and sweet guitars."
Not a lot has changed on album number two, and why should it, when the first one was so sweet. They're still kicking it eighties old school style, with a handful of tunes that would have been monster, monster hits back in the day, had White Widdow only had the luck to be thirty years older and American. You can't go far wrong with radio anthems like 'Reckless Night' and the title track, and for those of you who like things a wee bit more complex, there's always the early Styx / Angel tinged 'Show Your Cards' and 'Mistake'.
Where they have taken a big step forward is in the production values, as this sounds a hundred times better than the first record. Looks like they've got the hang of the studio now, and the music and harmonies sound much more lush and upfront than before. You especially notice it on the harder edged songs like 'Cry Wolf', but even the obligatory power ballads like 'Patiently' and 'Do You Remember' sound fuller and better rounded than on the debut.
It's not all guitars either as the keyboards play an integral part in bringing the music to life. As it should be on top quality AOR. I liked the debut, but I'm learning to love this one.
on 11 October 2011
JUST ONE YEAR AFTER THEIR CLASSIC DEBUT,WHITE WIDDOW ARE BACK STRONGER THAN EVER."SERENADE" IT'S IN MY OPINION THE BEST KEYBOARDS ORIENTED ALBUM SINCE THE INFAMOUS "BAD ENGLISH/S.T.".TAKE THE BIG CHORUSES OF WINGER,THE ENERGY OF DANGER DANGER AND PRODUCTION OF FIREHOUSE AND YOU GOT THE PICTURE OF THIS RECORD.WET NIGHTS FOR THE FANS OF THE GENRE.SMASH HITS:HOW FAR I RUN,CRY WOLF,RECKLESS NIGHTS.A MUST HAVE CD!BUY OR DIE!
on 22 January 2013
Hugely enjoyable album. Sounds just like the first Danger Danger album and the singer even sounds like Ted Poley. From other reviews I've read, this is a marked improvement soundwise on the debut album. The production is as big as the bands they have obviously been influenced by. So much so that the drums sound just like Rick Allens synthesised slabs of exploding granite that he along with Mutt Lange captured on Hysteria. Song wise, there's still room for improvement in the writing as they touch upon a few cliches over the ten tracks. However, when they sound this good, who cares?
Every track sounds like the typical AOR tracks found in 80's action films which is no bad thing!
If you like Def Leppard, Danger Danger, the first two Bon Jovi albums, Foreigner, Journey and newer bands like H.E.A.T, Work Of Art & Lionville then you need to get this.
Can't wait for the third White Widdow album!