on 22 January 2013
I got my copy of Snakecharmer this morning and it's been on constant repeat. I cannot praise this album highly enough, as you would expect from some of the countries finest rock musicians they deliver an album of superb quality - exceptional musicianship, lyrics, vocals and production with not a single weaker track.
This not only reminds of the classic Whitesnake line up, it surpasses it and will leave you staggered at its brilliance, your foot tapping, singing your heart out (the songs are all instant classics and memorable) and reaching for the air guitar.
If you love classic rock or blues-rock from the late 70s and early 80s buy this album right now, Micky and Laurie each play superb guitar and solos and weave them together in a breathtaking display of skill, Neil and Harry bring a rhythm pairing equal to Alan Lancaster and John Coghlan of Quo at the height of their powers, Adam Wakeman adds subtle and superbly bluesy hammond organ and what can I say about Chris Ousey? This is his best vocal performance of any of his recordings. Strong, passionate, rocking and blues-laden, David Coverdale - yesterdays man.
on 20 February 2013
Great CD by this new band featuring some former Whitesnake memebers. Comparisons are going to be made, and not unfairly, as this does have a more than slight hint of pre 1987 Whitesnake.But Chris Ousey's vocals are far superior to modern day Coverdale, and Micky Moody has lost none of his smoothness on guitar. Neil Murray and Harry James are about as good as it gets as a rhythm section, driving everything along in style. Add into the mix Laurie Wisefield's guitar and keyboards from Adam Wakeman, and you have a line up to drool over. The 13 track CD is made up of classic hard blues rock, with a couple of ballards and a hint of late 70s AOR, which all sound fresh and crisp. This is the kind of album blues rock fans have been crying out for, and I hope it's the first of many from this true supergroup!
on 25 January 2013
This is the direction that Whitesnake should have gone in back in the 80s rather than the big hair glam metal of 1987 and Slip of the Tongue. I guess we know who the real talent of that legendary early line up was now (Moody, Murray and Marsden).
If you are a fan of those early Whitesnake days (the Moody/Murray connection here) and Bad Company, then you will love this band. The singer, Chris Ousey (who incidentally is right up there with the best vocalists in the country at the moment) even has an air of Paul Rogers about him which is definitely no bad thing.
This year promises to be a good year for hard and classic rock releases and we are off to a flying start with this one.
on 11 February 2013
I have seen Snakecharmer live a couple of times now, the last being at The Cambridge Rock Festival 2012, where they were definitely the stand out band of the weekend. (John Young played instead of Adam Wakeman before anyone mentions this). Hence I was looking forwards to hearing the new album.
With a fantastic collection of musicians, most of whom I have admired for years. My newest discovery is Adam Wakeman, who is mega talented, and the singer Chris Ousey, who I haven't heard of before. He is doing an amazing job fronting this great band.
When I play an album that appeals to me, it is repeated over and over again in the car, where I spend a lot of time. I love it, when I can sing along and really go with the music........ and this album is one of those. It takes me back to the good old days of real Rock n'Roll, easy to get into and I love Chris's voice......there is something very raw and sexy about it. Guys might look for something different, me, I want something that speaks to my heart, uplifts me and I think.....wow, when can I go and see them live again? Great album, love it.....
Snakecharmer, the band featuring British rock musician alumni including former original Whitesnake members Micky Moody and Neil Murray, have shed a few snake skins to get to this rather tasty, twin-guitar led blues-rock debut album.
In 1997 Micky Moody and his ex Whitesnake six-string partner Bernie Marsden formed The Snakes, becoming Company of Snakes (with Neil Murray) a year later.
The band primarily played early Whitesnake numbers and performed for a number of years, working with three different singers, before morphing into the group M3 Classic Whitesnake.
But with the quality of original material on display Snakecharmer - Micky Moody (guitar & slide guitar, vocals), Neil Murray (bass guitar), Laurie Wisefield (guitar, vocals), Chris Ousey (lead vocals) Harry James (drums, vocals) and Adam Wakeman (keyboards, vocals) - are not a band Walking in the Shadow of the Blues-based Whitesnake.
Early Whitesnake and the Bad Company's of the blues-rock world are where Snakecharmer take their musical lead from, that is undeniable, but it's also fully intentional.
And there's no question there's a gap in the market for some solid, hard `n' melodic old-school British blues-rock bands.
In that regard Snakecharmer deliver right from the get-go...
Acoustic guitar and a husky, bluesy vocal from Chris Ousey introduce the rock and raunchy `Angel,' a song - like the album - that is built from classic, blues-rock foundations (but including a short melodic bridge for good musical measure).
The infectious and hooky `Accident Prone' follows; it's the perfect melodic blues and heavy pop chorus compliment to the punch of `Angel.'
'Accident Prone' and a number of other songs on the album (such as the mid-tempo melodic rock `n' blues of `Smoking Gun,') follow the rocky blues path Whitesnake originally travelled until David Coverdale decided to point a restructured `Snake in the direction of the US and melodic metal Highway '1987.'
But the lost sound of the re-tooled Whitesnake has become Snakecharmer's gain, exemplified by the heavy rock and roll blues of `Turn the Screw' and the hard pop rocking fun of `Stand Up.'
Lighter or slower-paced moments add another shade of the blues.
`Falling Leaves' is a simple but effective ballad that shines the spotlight on the voice of Chris Ousey before the singer puts a little Paul Rodgers vibe into his vocality for the slow and Free-esque `A Little Rock & Roll.'
Snakecharmer is quality twin-guitar blues rock (the melodic solo and harmony lead work from Micky Moody and ex Wishbone Ash man Laurie Wisefield is almost worth the admission fee on its own) with strong blues vocals.
Complimented by Adam Wakeman's piano and organ accompaniments and underpinned by the solid rhythm section of Neil Murray and Magnum and Thunder sticksman Harry James.
But that's all part of these blues-skinned snakes' charm.
on 1 March 2013
I first saw this band in 2011 under the guise of Monsters of British Rock at the Skegness Rock and Blues Weekend where this exact line-up played a full retro Whitesnake set (circe Moody & Marsden era) and they totally blitzed the place and Micky Moody put on a virtuoso performance. So I was excited to hear they had an album coming out and immediately fell in love with the launch single Accident prone when I first heard it on Planet Rock. Its a good barometer for the standard of music on the rest of the album. Most albums tend to have at least one, maybe two tracks that you could give a miss but this is a collection of really strong tracks and I love the whole package. I have read a few of the reviews here and am surprised by some of the comments about Chris Ousey. I think he has a great voice and if you read the sleeve he had a hand in writing most of the songs - I for one think he gives a good voal performance. On top of that I think Mickey Moody has been careful not to repeat past experiences and get involved with a guy with an ego the size of DCs. Once bitten and all that ..........
All in all a really good debut album from a collection of rock veterans. I would strongly recpommend it as a purchase and try to catch them touring this year - they are a really good tight live act.
If your ready and willin,then come and get it,slide it in,press play and smile ,cos' this is an absolute treat from start to finish.Music for the older generation,if anyone under 30 gets it,great,welcome to the party,its old rockers making veteran fans very happy indeed.
From the opening moments of 'My Angel' its obvious the template is Whitesnake but its the band of old,the one we pine for,listen to the superb twin harmony lead guitar on 'Accident Prone',admit it you've got a grin from ear to ear,so it continues,smooth vocals vying with simple but effective lead guitar underpinned with a solid rythmn section complimented with understated but effective keyboards.
There's not a duff track on this disc,thankfully they shied away from any 'Snake covers,they can fill out the live set,here's hoping they tour.
How high do i rate this? well it could happily sit alongside 'Ready n Willin' & 'Come and Get It',its easily as good.
superb stuff,great musos,great band especially having Laurie Wisefield back rockin',Snake's the obvious influence,but you can hear a little Ash,Thunder,nods to Bad Co,hopefully the start of a real 'supergroup',here's to then future.
on 5 February 2013
In the 70's Whitesnake were "My band"... Patches on my denim waistcoat, gigs at the Hammersmith... they inspired me to play rock music as a musician (which I still do to this day). Then they went West, and to their credit, they became mega. However they lost me when they remixed 'Slide It In' and Mr Covernote kicked out the real musicians.
I purchased this album in the hope that I would find the kind of music that made me queue for hours just buy a ticket to see the band live.
Well not only has that box been ticked but they have delivered an album of great tunes, hooks, licks, harmony guitars, slide guitars, keyboard intros, melodic outro's; in fact everything about this album had me scouring the net to see where they are playing live. Forget the last 30 years... Forget big hair and glossy videos on MTV... Remember Great British Rock Music.
on 11 February 2013
This album is exactly what I expected from these classic rock stalwarts:
Tasty blues-rock riffing and twin-lead sweetness over a solid rhythm section provide a convincing canvas for Chris Ousey's voice to weave the stories of love and hard times in true classic rock style.
This is the first album for the band and, as such, it puts down a marker of class and quality for the future. They will tour and hone the songs playing live and I have no doubt several of them will become crowd favourites at gigs.
For me, 'Accident Prone' is a winner and I really like the guitar on 'Turn Of The Screw'.
A solid start - got to see them live!
on 8 February 2013
This has to be a contender or if not the Best Rock Album of 2013.
It makes a pleasant change to hear a Classic Soft Rock Album where everyone is at the top of there game and have not gone too far over the top.
David Coverdale you need to take note as Snakecharmer at the moment are miles better with this album than your last 2 efforts with Whitesnake.
If you get a chance to go and see a Brilliant Band Live this year then these guys must come right near the top.