The tenth full-length album by the legendary British Hard Rock/Heavy Metal band.
This is the first album of new studio material in a decade, since 1997's "Restless Heart", not including the four new tracks recorded for the 2006 live album "Live: In the Shadow Of The Blues".
"Good To Be Bad" marks Whitesnake's 30th anniversary as a band, though frontman David Coverdale is the only original member.
David Coverdale has spent the last few years touring with his latest band line-up, yet another chapter in the evolving story of Whitesnake. The band is as tight and as ready as they are ever going to be and that translates into the recording here.
While the line-up features the dual guitar attack of Doug Aldrich and Reb Beach, the absolute star of this album is Doug Aldrich. His writing partnership with David Coverdale has reaped rich rewards for fans. This duo has brought the very best out of each other and "Good To Be Bad" represents a broad cross section of all the previous Whitesnake incarnations.
A number of other fans have been taken by surprise at the ferocity of this album after the relatively lackluster new studio tracks added to the live release from 2006 and Coverdale's increasingly mellow output in recent years.
The simply massive production delivers a wall of sound and in your face guitars reminiscent of the band's biggest selling album ever, "Whitesnake" (1987); but not to be outdone, Doug's Bluesy riffs and David's warm and raspy vocal brings back memories of "Slide It In" and even 70's Whitesnake.
Drummer Chris Frasier makes an immediate impact in the band with a powerhouse performance and bassist Uriah Duffy simply hammers that rhythm section home.
Sonically bombastic and pompous in all its glory, the opening Hard Rocker Best Years blasts through the speakers like no other Whitesnake album has opened since 1987. Filled with thumping basslines, wailing guitar solos and a Coverdale vocal unrivaled since Coverdale/Page, this really kicks off the album fine style.
"Can You Hear The Wind Blow" is similarly in your face and establishes a fresh sound for the band today. "All For Love" and "A Fool In Love" further carve out the new band's sound in a Hard Rocking way.
There are a few tracks that head back to the Coverdale Page/Zeppelin influenced sound and "Call On Me" is the first track to do that. The title track “Good To Be Bad” even more so. It has a real Zeppelin feel to it and the guitar work is simply fantastic. "Lay Down Your Love" is the most obvious of all the Zeppelinesque tracks, but when it is done so well, who is to argue?
"All I Want All I Need" is the first ballad of the album and again is one of the best ballads from Coverdale in years. The other ballads both offer different textures. "Summer Rain" is smooth, acoustic and sultry, while "Til The End Of Time" is darker.
"Got What You Need" is a frantic Hard Rocker that defies the age of vocalist Coverdale, with a truly energetic blast.
Coverdale's voice may not quite be what it was, but the job of any band in the studio is to produce the very best sounding record possible and on "Good To Be Bad", Coverdale sounds better than he has in years. How these vocals were achieved is irrelevant, the fact is they have been delivered and sound great.
The songs may not quite have that magic originality or chorus strength that the tracks of 1987 had, but this has to be the band and David Coverdale's best effort since that album. Doug's Bluesy Hard Rock injection is a shot in the arm for this band and a perfect match it seems. It is the band's best album in some 20 years! Nobody of fans being disappointed with this release!! It's a hell of a comeback and ranks right near the top of the Whitesnake's catalog!!!
The album charted at number 8 on the Top Independent albums, number 23 on the Top Canadian albums, number 62 on The Billboard 200 and number 7 on the UK Albums Chart.
Steamhammer/SPV, 2008 (SPV 98132 CD). Made in Germany. First press.
1. Best Years 5:15
2. Can You Hear The Wind Blow 5:04
3. Call On Me 5:02
4. All I Want All I Need 5:41
5. Good To Be Bad 5:14
6. All For Love 5:13
7. Summer Rain 6:11
8. Lay Down Your Love 6:01
9. A Fool In Love 5:50
10. Got What You Need 4:16
11. 'til The End Of Time 5:35
Total playing time: 59:22