Through the years vocalist Jack Russell has been synonymous with Eighties hair metal band Great White. Even splitting with the original band in 2011, Mr Russell still clings to the band name, obviously for brand recognition (even though the old band also continues). As far as I know, He Saw It Comin' is the first album for Jack and his new band.
Now, I hate to get this review off to a negative start. I don't know who signed off on the album art work, Russell or Frontiers, but it's pretty damn hideous. Somebody should have their Photoshop license revoked.
Otherwise, musically, the songs within this album are pretty terrific, and the musicianship is outstanding. Jack Russell sounds amazing, melodic and passionate, with just enough hard rock edge to his timbre. Following the long time signature Great White sound, Russell and friends take classic AOR melodic rock and invest it with blues, groove, and boogie. Songs like Crazy, Love Don't Live Here, He Saw It Coming, and the heavier Blame It On The Night, sway and swagger with those essentials.
And don't underestimate that AOR nuance. The material is also very accessible and catchy, having arena and radio readiness flowing between the notes and chords. Songs such as Sign Of The Times, My Addiction, the West Coast breezy Don't Let Me Go, and the delightful and different She Moves Me, where Russell raps white guy style, pop with infectious melody and energetic enthusiasm. In this same vein, the album closes with Godspeed which flirts with something between Sixties Southern California pop and classic Motown with the happy beat and vocal harmonies.
My first, last, and lasting impression of Jack Russell's Great White and He Saw It Comin' is that the album was both delightful and different. It's what I might of expected from Jack Russell, yet delivered more the unexpected gift to be unwrapped. Quite recommended, excepting the art work.
My first, last, and lasting impression of Jack Russell's Great White and He Saw It Comin' is that the album was both delightful and different. It's what I might of expected from Jack Russell, yet delivered more the unexpected gift to be unwrapped. Quite recommended.
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