As I put digit to keyboard, I can barely contain my unbridled fervour for this archetypical masterwork, courtesy of The Dead Daisies. The word awesome may just lurch forward with deserved confidence repeatedly throughout this review, so I humbly seek the reader’s forgiveness.
Before we explore the line up too closely, the following statement must be made. This is an archetypical masterwork of unfettered brilliance from start to finish. The trick to this album is, quite simply, that you can actually hear your favourite rock elements from the last 50 to 60 years bursting forth from this marvellous collection, but entwined in a whirlwind of unique sound. A true celebration of the heavy rock history mastered into one divine album.
Ok, so…vocals by John Corabi (Mötley Crüe, RATT), Marco Mendoza (Thin Lizzy, Whitesnake) on bass, Dizzy Reed (Guns N’ Roses) on keyboard, guitarist David Lowy (MINK, Red Phoenix) with lead guitar brilliance from Richard Fortus (Guns N’ Roses, The Psychedelic Furs) Brian Tichy (Ozzy Osbourne, Billy Idol) on drums with additional drumming from Jackie Barnes.
Mexico has more than a light dusting of blues, and really does ease you into a profound realisation that these individual contributors are individually brilliant, but collectively a remarkable rock force.
Evil pumps you right up in sensational old school rock n roll style and keeps you on a high throughout. Such a phenomenal groove to this track with magnificent and gritty solos to boot.
Funky sound is right when it comes to Looking for the One. This track captures the lyrical content in brilliant form, even though vocals delivered through a male medium. Bravura.
To hear Jimmy Barnes contribution on Empty Heart with The Dead Daisies is truly the stuff of legend, and keeps you mindful of the fabulous plethora if rock influenced dripping from the entire work.
It seems inherently futile to say this album has something for everyone. The truth is that this master work IS for everyone. Everyone that ever enjoyed the gutsy rough edge of heavy rock, sprinkled with elements of musical magnificence throughout. Anyone who enjoys hearing a celebration of their favourite historical rock heroes, revered as never before, or just sit back in enjoyment, nay amazement of a modern day classic album.
It matters not how far back your rock lineage reaches because this brilliant collection has them all. Enjoy hearing the smatterings of rock gods past made manifest in a superb collection of contemporary instant classics.
I cannot say enough about this master piece. This entire album is thoroughly sensational and one everyone MUST have in their collection, even if it’s a collection of one.