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Better to come
on 11 November 2006
David Coverdale's second album saw the singer probing several different styles without veering too far from the rock he's best known for. He didn't establish a settled band until Whitesnake's 'Love Hunter' and guitarist Micky Moody is the only other member of that band featured here. There's no shortage of class on show, but the material, while generally above average, is lacking in big hitters.
'Northwinds' tends to improve as it progresses. The reserved title track grows on you, but, other than this, tracks 5-8 are the highlights. When Coverdale isn't singing about having a high old time, he's quite soulful and the latter is his attitude on this album. Both of the bonus tracks are creditable, even if 'Sweet Mistreater' sounds a bit incongruous. A good album, but no classic.