THE DEAD DAISIES – MAKE SOME NOISE
Release Date: 05 August 2016
℗ 2016 Spitfire Music
- Long Way to Go
- We All Fall Down
- Song and a Prayer
- Make Some Noise
- Fortunate Son
- Last Time I Saw the Sun
- Mine All Mine
- How Does It Feel
- All the Same
- Join Together
From the opening note lapses into the rock vernacular come to the fore thick and fast. God damn fucking amazing riff ridden rock central with brutal vocal delivery.
Right. Let’s try and make some sense of the feelings you will encounter when spinning Make Some Noise by The Dead Daisies. This entire offering is quite simply astonishingly brilliant. If you have ever loved the work of Van Halen, you will be hot for teacher here, if you enjoy the grand pappies of rock in Aerosmith then this ain’t no elevator music but you will love it all the same, if you enjoy Whitesnake then you’ll be posing yourself the question, is this love. This album is a must in every rock collection. Absolutely astounding.
Prepare to have your socks, pants, tops and hair blown off in the most enjoyable way. But please be warned…you will need to be strapped into something solidly affixed to the earth’s surface because this collection will blow you into the stratosphere.
I spin the first track and without a single element of embellishment, my wife walks in and inquires if its Whitesnake playing. Whether that be the lattice of coincidence at work or her most apt and educated musical mindset at work, she was on the money 100%.
Quite simply, the already amazing sound of The Dead Daisies has been blessed, yes blessed, with the bewildering skill of the magnificent one and only Doug Aldrich of Whitesnake and Dio fame, to name but two, on lead guitar. Doug immediately stamps his superior skills to this collection to phenomenal effect.
Immediately and from the outset, the amazing sound of the group has been transformed from their killer staple into something that commands your attention, and will be a benchmark for all eternity when it comes to blissfully successful collaborations.
The lyrical content of opener Long Way To Go are as poignant and imperative to modern society as ever before, but I find it amazingly difficulty to move my attention for the astonishing contribution from Doug Aldrich and his magical dancing digits across the fretboard.
Before long and following subsequent listening, the group come together on this brilliant collection with an absolutely brutal and unprecedentedly brilliant vocal delivery from John Corabi throughout and a performance from Brian Trichy that makes us novices want to rush out and acquire a kit with the intention of achieving his level of percussive prowess. An un-achievable aspiration, but nevertheless, that’s the impact he has. Marco Mendoza provides the rhythm on bass to magical levels of brilliance on each and every track, and perhaps the reunion with former Whitesnake bandmate in Doug has seen them lift their respective contributions to new levels of brilliance. Who knows? And David Lowy. Really? We have been familiar for a long time now mate, but really? What sensational contributions. I have honestly never heard you performing at these levels of ferocity and you know I was a fan before. Good on ya mate (in finest Australian accent).
We All fall Down and Song And A Prayer continues the heavy rock magnificence with all the hallmarks of all time classics, but the latter is so riddled with lyrical and instrumental hooks that you will be hard pressed to wrestle this brilliance free form you mind. Amazing stuff. Mainline and the title track continued the sensational sound without recourse to a filler. Each subsequent track is as equally brilliant as the former, but for differing reasons. Listen and glean the enjoyment in your own unique way, but the difference this time is hands down, Doug. Just a sensational contribution from this amazing artist, made manifest in a marvelously brilliant collection.
Then we move on to the first of two covers in the collection in the Credence Clearwater Revival track Fortunate Son. Now this really made me a little nervous being a Credence fan and this track being an all-time favourite for me personally. All I can really say is that The Dead Daisies left the original version, with respect, somewhat testicular challenged. I will never, ever hear this track the same way again and The Dead Daisies have provided a contemporary edge that has been lacking, thereby, I think honouring the original protagonists and the track alike. This brilliant versions, slightly faster than the original, has more balls that a bowling hall. Absolutely fucking amazing work filled with The Dead Daises finery.
Last Time I Saw The Sun is something that I honestly believe is the perfect love child of Aerosmith and Van Halen, containing all the classic hallmarks of each, and refined to absolute perfection. Mine All Mine, How Does It Feel and Freedom don’t release the grip of your chest for a second and anyone who loves heavy rock with all the classic rock essentials, will simply love this entire work. This album is the archetypical example of the simple truth that modern albums have no room for ‘B’ side tracks. It is honestly relentless in rock ferocity. And the solos. OMFG the solos. To die for.
If I was forced with barrel at brain to force a favourite to the fore, I would have to commit to All The Same, musically, lyrically vocally and collectively. Just intensely rock and roll with heavy rock grimace throughout. Amazing. What a track. I just can’t tame this bitch, but I want her all the same.
As a fitting finale to The Dead Daisies magical dominance and talent, a cover of Join Together by The Who. And besides a sensational performance, what a better way to celebrate the inclusion of Doug Aldrich than a track written by fellow axe master Pete Townsend, along with the historically rich invitation from the group for fans to join together with the band and adoringly embrace the latest inclusions.
This album is very difficult to summarise in one sentency purely because it is so astonishingly brilliant from start to finale. With the classic harmonica sprinkled throughout to accompany the brutal hard rock elements, from classics covered beyond perfection, all the way to the overwhelming sensation that nothing else on the shelf may be selected as frequently as this collection, it is astoundingly extraordinary. All the hallmarks of a brilliant brand made manifest in one magnificent chef d’œuvre. This album is an essential addition to EVERY MUSIC COLLECTION IN THE UNIVERSE. Bewilderingly brilliant. I will not be the only one singing the praises of The Dead Daisies latest collection and Making Some Noise as regards their incredible work.