I figured it was about time we had a thread on the new Whitesnake album, Forevermore. I've had it for a couple months now. My take is that it is slightly better than Good To Be Bad, simply because the songwriting is stronger.
I wasn't initially that impressed with it, but after listening to the two albums back to back, it became clear that Forevermore is the better of the two. It may be that Good to Be Bad made a stronger first impression simply because I wasn't expecting it to be so good. My expectations were thus raised for Forevermore. Also, I think the stronger songs may be on the last half of the album.
As far as comparing the two, I would say that Forevermore hearkens back to the bluesier Whitesnake. In some ways, it's the album that should have followed Slide It In. There are a few songs in the later hair band style, but most of it is bluesy hard rock. The biggest downside is that there is too much gain on the guitars for that bluesier sound. I would have appreciated a crispier, somewhat cleaner sound overall.
Coverdale's voice is in "OK" shape...noticeably rougher than on Good To Be Bad. Aldrich and Beach smoke throughout, but that's no big surprise.
They played four songs from Forevermore on tour this summer, and they sounded great live.
Here are a few songs:
[VIDEO]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QxQvr4CTQSY]YouTube - ‪Whitesnake - Forevermore (Forevermore Album 2011) High Quality‬‏[/VIDEO]
Damn solid album. And I totally agree about the guitar. Same with the last album. Could have backed off the gain and it sounds a bit "direct". But that's not stopping me from really digging the album.