The Dead Daisies, Burn It Down, Spitfire
This is the Fourth Dead Daisies album, the third with John Corabi and they continue to produce quality commercial hard rock tinged with whisky laden blues.
‘Rise Up’ has something of an anthemic quality to it well suited to Crabby’s voice with Doug Aldrich throwing just the right amount of guitar hero into the mix. And while this album like the track ‘Burn It Down’ is more of a slow burn than a firecracker it has heart and soul with well seasoned crafted songs and killer solos. ‘Judgement Day’ starts off very much in the ‘Forevermore’ era Whitesnake mould and is richer for that indeed Aldrich taking his fine work from that band to this. Marco Mendoza also formerly of Whitesnake gets his turn to show off his cojones in the deep funky vibes of ‘What Goes Around’.
‘Bitch’ gives a harder edge to The Rolling Stones classic, more Rock than their Roll. ‘Set Me Free’ has a slower more soulful approach with some great feelin communicated through the guitar Mr Aldrich knowing just when to show restraint and when to let fly. ‘Dead and Gone’ has an anthemic chant ideally suited to this bands killer live show which like all truly great bands is built around their audience never forgetting who provides their pedestal and with that humility garner absolute devotion from their faithful. The album closes with a joyful cover of the Beatles’ ‘Revolution’ reinforcing the beautiful hippy side to this band that wants to see a better world.
I don’t think this is my favorite Dead Daisies album, but it is certainly another quality offering from a band that is starting to gel into a stable line up, hopefully with many more albums to come.