on 22 December 2011
...for Zepheads and 'snake fans alike. This is a great, but often overlooked collaboration that really works. It's perhaps not quite as good as either Zeppelin or Whitesnake or Purple (Mk 3 & 4) in their pomp but, damn, it's close. If you can find it, check out the acoustic version of Take Me For A Little While (CD Single box set 7 2438 80687 2 7) which is even better than the album version.
on 18 May 2008
Whoever Jeff Bateman is, I think we can ignore his assertion that Coverdale is a 'third-rate Plant'. For one thing, Coverdale's range was greater than Percy's, even from his Burn debut. For another, he is closer to Rodgers as a singer anyway. And let's also add that the Whitesnake songwriting template owes more to Lizzy, Free/Bad Co, and Purple (doh, wonder why that is...), than to Zeppelin. Slow an' Easy and Still of the Night owe something to Zep, admittedly, but the latter borrows a lot more from Purple's Rat Bat Blue than from Black Dog. Lyrically, though, Planty has shown a lot more breadth and imagination than Coverdale, whose lyrics on the new Whitesnake album are at times quite appalling! And Plant's stage presentation is classier - he certainly swears a lot less...
Apart from that, I would agree with the overview. This album aparkles more than the two Firm albums or Outrider, and the final track sees Coverdale at last tackling new lyrical ground. The ballads are moving, and the rock'n'roll excites. Although Coverdale's voice is hoarse at times, the ballads are somewhat complemented by that husky delivery.