Good To Be Bad

 
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The premier household name in melodic hard rock returns with a vengeance! Whitesnake is back with "Good To Be Bad", their 10th studio album and first in over a decade. This brand new album features a slew of instant-classic Whitesnake songs that are destined to stand side by side with such favorites as "Here I Go Again", "Still Of The Night" and "Fool For Your Love." Led by world-renown vocalist extraordinaire David Coverdale, "Good To Be Bad" is truly classic Whitensake, displaying that rare combination of high class and kick ass that has made them what they are today... the absolute best!

Customer Reviews:

  • Never felt compelled to write a review till NOW.
    This CD was a shocker.I listend to this CD twice back to back and was still impressed. With all the other reviews saying how good it was i had to check it out. If all the other 80's bands could recreate the sounds they used to have like Whitesnake has done here, then maybe we wouldn't have to listen to all the depressing rock songs on the radio anymore. I just wish radio would play some of it.
    Now i will wait for the new Tesla release....more info
  • Whitesnake still rocks!
    Great new album of this hardrockers! After 1987 and Slip Of The Tongue, this album is gonna be a classic as well. This is how Hard Rock should sound. And the production is unbelievable; right in your face....more info
  • This is Good
    This is good! Even possibly very good.
    So many bands that were popular in the eighties just can't cut it nowadays with new material.
    Scorps?
    Queensryche?
    Priest?
    Here comes Whitesnake, a band I was never that into and what a suprise!
    Coverdales vocals are great. Aldrich and Beach wail.
    Most noticeably drummer Chris Frazier drives the whole thing along.
    He is one of those drummers like they used to be-he STANDS OUT.
    As a matter of fact, part of what makes this album sound good is that it sounds like a band.
    It doesn't sound like a bunch of musicians who emailed their tracks to each other!
    This album is punchy, bluesy rock and roll done right.
    It's also aggressive and sounds great cranked in the car.
    That doesn't usually happen anymore!
    Oh, and the songs are good.
    Yes, they are good!
    They don't all sound alike, and you may even find yourself singing them to yourself in your head after one listen.
    It happened to me.
    I wouldn't lie to you....more info
  • Glad to have new Whitesnake music,could have been better
    I've been a Whitesnake fan since day one.Have everything Coverdale has ever done(Deep Purple,Coverdale solo,Coverdale/Page including some bootlegs). So just the fact of having brand new music form one of the greatest rock singers in history is 2 thumbs up automatically.I personally perfer Coverdale's bluesy style over the total hard rock stuff,and this album is more hard rock(but I still love it). I ordered the 2 disc set and received 2 disc.Like other people I saw that the 2nd disc was suppose to be DVD,it's not. It's another live show(CD) of the same songs that have been released twice over the last couple of years(differnent show tho).The 2nd CD is suppose to be enhanced with a video to "Ready To Rock"....it's nowhere to be found.No video what so ever,not even information about what system it should be used with(mac,windows,etc.).One thing I'm very please with,is that the 2nd CD is a freebee,it's not Coverdale at his best(must have had a cold or something) so for David to include it as a frrebee I tip my wine glass to him,he very easily could have released it by itself and charged another $15-$20 for it like must other artist would have.It's why you gotta love the guy...true to his fans.So bottom line....pretty good album,with the exception to so-called enhanced part..a couple of ballads,1 or 2 bluesy tracks,and good load of the harder stuff that will make you re-live 1987 all over again.What I'd really love to see from David Coverdale would be a killer boxset of never songs and unavailable live stuff from many years past.Rock on my friends,Be Happy,Be Safe...and don't let anyone ever make you Afraid!!!!!! ...more info
  • FINALLY!
    All I can say is WOW! This album is simply the best Whitesnake has made since their bluesy stuff in the 70's and early 80's! Yes, even better than the 87' album (songs are just as catchy, and yet the songwriting, while still containing the sex appeal, simply sound like a band that is not rehashing the same ol stuff. the formula is the same, but the ingredients are fresher.). Big thick guitar tones, great vocals, nasty yet melodic solos, and every tune is catchy as hell!
    When I first put the cd in the stereo and heard the opening to "Best Years", I thought this was going to be leftovers from the Coverdale/Page project.......then I listened further, and...being a bigger fan of their bluesy output, like "Love Hunter" etc, I was stoked to hear the great original riffs exploding from Doug Aldrich's guitar! This guy is bringing back the big catchy guitar sounds that make blues rock great! I really cannot say enough about his playing on this album!
    DC's vocals are great as well, as he is obviously older, yet has transitioned into singing his signature sound in a slightly lower key, and losing NONE of the excitment he brings to these tunes! Great musicianship all around! I am a bit curious as to whether or not Reb Beach actually played any part in creating these tunes, they are very much "not his style", having a decidedly tough blues attitude to them as opposed to his poppier "tap-happy" sound.
    Great album, buy it! No matter what! It is classic! Not a boring rehash of old habits...(like the new Dokken album, that sounds like a soundtrack for depression. Not a return to form.). This cd will truly stand the test of time, and I hope they play alot of this album in concert. Don't know what they did to recapture the energy and come up with such catchy solid stuff, but WOW, they did it!
    Best tunes.......they are all great, but my personal faves are:
    "Good To Be Bad"- this title track is easily one of their greatest tunes ever.
    "All I want All I Need"- the new Is This Love, yet stands on its own completely.
    "Lay Down Your Love"- Classic Snake. you WILL sing along!
    "Can You Hear The Wind Blow"- great rock song, stamped with the unmistakable Snake's bite!

    Great album, one of the very best of the past 20 years.

    -BLS-...more info
  • A Soldier of Fortune!
    I really did not expect too much from this CD, but then I put this in my player and was aurally destroyed by the heavy production. The songs all sounded thick and well written. Coverdale can still sing like a maniac and Reb Beach does his best to fill in his predecessors. This CD kept growing and growing on me and I find myself singing songs from it all throughout the day. I can not believe I actually read a review on here that accuses "Best Years" to be a blatant rip off of "Whipping Post" by Alman Bros? This person must be on something as the chord progressions are different and so is the timing. Sounds nothing like it unless you REALLY want it to. Anyway, this CD rocks so get it and you wont be disappointed.

    Rock On!...more info
  • Wow, who'd a thunk it?
    I gave this a spin at a friend's urging but really expected a pale imitation of "Slip of the Tongue" or worse. Man was I wrong! This is fresh and really good!...more info
  • Excellent New Album

    Good to hear Whitesnake again, this is a good album - worthy of the Whitesnake name.
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  • Wow, who'd a thunk it?
    I gave this a spin at a friend's urging but really expected a pale imitation of "Slip of the Tongue" or worse. Man was I wrong! This is fresh and really good!...more info
  • The Best songs of our lives

    If you are a Whitesnake's fan , you need to get this new album ; I think it's one of the best disc of whitesnake all time . Whitesnake : the best songs of our lives !get it just now !...more info
  • Good To Be Average
    This is a ho hum album. Most of the songs sound o.k., but nothing to get excited about. However there is one song that stands out for me, and that would be Can You Hear The Wind Blow. That song could make their Greatest Hits album. ...more info
  • Another awesome, rocking effort from a creative, underrated genius
    I must admit, I've never been a fan of Whitesnake, but I am a fan of Coverdale (especially his short time with Deep Purple) when he isn't singing ballads (I hated "Is this Love"). The ballads of David Coverdale were always a turn-off for me, and alas, I thought that's all Whitesnake performed. How wrong I was!! I must rate this album a 5, in spite of the fact there are just a few songs I skip.

    It was also my misguided belief that Coverdale and Whitesnake were still a relic from that bygone era of the hair-bands. Fortunately, I was wrong about him. I now realize that Coverdale was just doing what he loved all along: good, old fashioned rock n' roll!!!

    I cannot remember how I discovered this album, but the first song I heard from it was the title track, "Good to be Bad." After that I listened to the other tracks and I was not disappointed. Four-fifths of this album impressed me. The guitars were booming, Coverdale's vocals were characteristically powerful, and the writing was excellent. Coverdale's creative genius again shines through this incredible album.

    But for all David's extremely rocking tracks, there are the ballads he fell in love with, which I hate, because they are dramatic, clich¨¦ and Coverdale performs so much better when he is piping about sex, drugs and rock n' roll! I believe he sells himself short by writing those types of songs. But, even if you are like me, don't let the ballads deter you, there are just a few on this album (even though most of the songs are still about love and relationships)!

    Here are how I grade the individual tracks:
    1. Best Years -- Begins with awesome guitar work and maintains a rocking, bombastic sound throughout. Coverdale's vocals are top-notch and the lyrics are well written. Though I don't care for the "you came along..." line, this track is one of the best on the album. A-

    2. Can You Hear the Wind Blow -- More profound guitar work, and even better vocals and lyrics. It begins, "Over the mountains, across the sea...". I love the rhythm and the chorus. I hear the wind blow, David!! A

    3. Call on Me -- The guitar work is yet again very impressive and possesses that belligerent, aggressive feel. On this track, in my opinion, can be found Coverdale's best vocal work of the entire album. His voice hits peaks and lows, but never ceases to amaze. The lyrics are perhaps the catchiest on the entire album, and the solo around the three minute mark tops it all off. A+

    4. All I Want All I Need -- Not by any stretch of the means is this a muse-inspired ballad from David. The vocals are, as always, good; the guitar work, although very pedestrian, is enjoyable; the chorus is catchy, but most of the lyrics are very trite and clich¨¦. "You're all I want..." makes me sing along but the rest of the track just leaves something to be desired. The only way I can sum up this track to you is by telling you I'd put it on my iPod but I'd skip it more often than not. C+

    5. Good to Be Bad -- WOW!!! What a song! Guitars are once again bombastic, vocals are very similar to Call on Me, as Coverdale's voice has more mood swings than a knocked up schoolteacher named Ethel. Features another top-notch guitar solo. A

    6. All For Love -- Another clich¨¦ love-song from David, which has some promise, is sold short due to a mediocre chorus. That is unique because "All I Want" was exactly the opposite: good chorus, disappointing on the whole. The overly romantic chorus lowers this one's grade (although the beginning guitar work is good). C+, maybe B- at best.

    7. Summer Rain -- This song leaves me thinking, "David, what the heck are you rambling about?" Very acoustic, feminine and not very Coverdale-like at all, even despite his tendency to get soft. If you enjoy Simon and Garfunkel you'll eat this number up. C-

    8. Lay Down Your Love -- Even though he is constantly talking about how his heart (and your heart) feels in this one, he manages to win me over with an attractive main riff, the album's arguably best solo, and his rocking vocals. "All my life I've been alone, lookin' for somebody to call my own," gives me chills every time I hear it, and Coverdale's screeching of "lay it dowwwwwn" is a nice feature too. While not as freaking awesome as his first three tracks, I would not miss it. B+

    9. A Fool in Love -- See? Even he thinks his romance is over-the-top! Anyway, this song rocks. The first thing I thought when I heard it was that it mixed styles: it has an 80s feel, but also a Southern/country/western rock motif, and that typical Coverdale sound. But it works well: chorus is nice, riff is good, and just an all-around feel-good song. B+

    10. Got What You Need -- This song certainly has what I need: a quirky "aye-up" at the beginning, that aggressive guitar work, and that repetitive chorus that everyone loves to hear. Coverdale, at one point, seems like he is rapping about how well he satisfies women. I'm gonna be honest, it is very entertaining. B+

    11. 'Til the End of Time -- Another slow, very acoustic song which showcases that emotional personality of Coverdale and assures you he will always love you. It is a decent song, and not as annoying as "All I Want," but it isn't my style and seems almost filler to me. No booming riffs in the song, no aye-ups, and Coverdale never appears to wow us with his vocal durability. C

    Overall, a good album which features 2-3 songs which could have used work. The songs I liked were so good, I'm still giving it an A+....more info
  • Stunning! Unexpected! Coverdale does it again!
    When a great band makes a comeback CD, with a totally new line-up the results are usually a disappointment.

    But sometimes on a RARE occasion, the result is total bliss. This would be one of those occasions...

    Coverdale has done it again!

    David Coverdale has spent the last few years putting together this band and touring with them. And the results are obvious and amazing, as they sound like a tight group! Highlighted by Coverdale's latest recruit Doug Aldrich (Dio). "Winger and Dokken" veteran shredder Reb Beach is also featured in this latest version of the `Snake'. But it is Aldrich who shines on this album.

    Dare I say that the Coverdale/Aldrich writing duo is the best Whitesnake since Coverdale/Sykes from 1987? We'll see...

    The Production on this CD is marvelous! I think that was the first surprise that went through my mind upon hearing this new material. Coverdale also deserves credit for taking his time and letting this band become a cohesive unit.

    Best songs on the CD:
    (Although I love them all)

    Lay Down Your Love - Simply the most stunning Whitesnake song since Still Of The Night. Guitarist Doug Alrich tears it up on this one. Coverdale sounds great and seems to be having fun for the first time in years!

    Good To Be Bad - The comparisons to "Slow an' Easy are obvious. But this song rocks! The highlight of Coverdale/Aldrich writing duo in my humble opinion!!!

    Summer Rain - Features that smooth Coverdale sound/vocal that I love so much! What a great ballad!

    Can You Hear the Wind Blow - Aldrich is the STAR on this track, as he lays down a classic Whitesnake riff that will not soon be forgotten. Awesome, awesome stuff!!

    Call On Me - Zeppelinesque in its delivery and tone, but yet with a completely modern sound! Aldrich grooves on this tune and reminds me of the great John Sykes...he is that good. Listen up at the 2:50 minute mark of this song for a simply great solo! Upon completion of the solo, Coverdale barks into the microphone "over here!" - as if trying to get our attention back after we've been mesmerized Aldrich's guitar work...nice!

    All I Want All I Need - 2008's "The Deeper The Love". Beautiful ballad, with some soulful vocals and guitar work!

    Got What You Need - "Ayyye Yo!!!" about sums it up!

    Need a bottom line?

    Best Whitesnake CD since `1987'!

    So what are you waiting for? You need to purchase this CD now!

    Thank you David Coverdale and Doug Aldrich! Keep `em coming!!!
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  • The Return of the White Snake!!!!
    11 years after the last David Coverdale's Whitesnake's last album, this one won't dissapoint anybody! Doug Aldrich and Reb Beach both prove that guitars can sound louder than no one, and Dave's voice is stronger than ever! My favorite songs are "Best Years", "Can You Hear The Wind Blow", "All I Want All I Need" and "All for Love"...more info
  • good record
    I recently purchased this cd and think it's pretty good. I've read reviews and all are around 95 (out of 100). The only problem I have is the production? I guess I'm spoiled by the whitesnake record (1987) that was really slick and well produced. This album has more of a raw felling to it. With that said the raw sound lends itself very well to the songs and guitar work. Great songs, good hooks. Definetly a worthwile edition to anyones collection....more info
  • BETTER GOOD THAN BAD
    OVERALL A PRETTY SOLID ALBUM. YOU CAN REALLY HEAR DOUG ALDRICH'S INFLUENCE ON THIS CD AS SOME OF THE SONGS SOUND LIKE SOME OF HIS BURNING RAIN SONGS. IF YOU EVER GET A CHANCE TO SEE HIM LIVE GO SEE HIM AS THIS GUY JUST SMOKES ON THE GUITAR. NOT AS GOOD AS THEIR 1987 EFFORT BUT NOT MANY CD'S ARE. DEFINATELY WORTH BUYING....more info
  • The Best of Whitesnake, but with new songs...
    Well, I have listened to the album three times now... the going rate for being comfortable with a new 'snake album. What can I say...Ter-Riff-ic!! DC obviously thought very hard about what he wanted to accomplish with this album. Pleasing the choir can be difficult when everyone has their favorite styles from the Whitesnake back catalogue, so what did DC do...he gave us everything. I still cannot believe that he managed to blend so many elements of his history into one album. I mean there's Ready an' Willing and Still of the Night... then classic AC-DC, Thin Lizzy and Led Zeppelin, but not carbon copied, more a modern hybrid of the classics. I just could not concentrate at work today because that insatiable riff from Good to be Bad just kept replaying in my mind. Doug has done what all good, nay great, guitarists do... create a signature sound, develop addictive riffs and learn from the masters of yesteryear. Guys...you have outdone yourselves. This album deserves global success, but with the music business the way it is, predictions are difficult. At least the choir will be satisfied, and I know that is what matters most to Mr. Coverdale. To your health, sir...Cheers!
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  • Awesome Comeback!!
    Best second album at his music histories.

    Super songs for classic rock loves.

    Just buy it. Never regret. ...more info
  • fantastic
    fantastic cd by the one and only whitesnake, reminds me of the 1987 era, great. ...more info
  • Excellent New Material
    WHITESNAKE'S Good To Be Bad includes some of their best new material in quite a while, of course American release of new material has been somewhat sparse of late. Coverdale and the current lineup featuring the guitar duo of Doug Aldrich and Reb Beach are solid, slick, and polished. The songs are tight and include all of the classic "Snake" influences of hard rock, blues, ballads, and all in between. Very good lyrics, melodies, and musicianship throughout, whether it be the hard rockers or ballads. I am a Whitesnake fan and have been for quite a while and admit to some bias, but I highly recommend this CD for anyone who loves great heavy duty rock played in a very polished and professional way, yet still fun and exciting to listen to. Keep it up guys....more info
  • Good to be Back
    I had pretty high expectations for Whitesnake's 2008 comeback album Good to Be Bad. I enjoyed the early 80's blues-obsessed Whitesnake albums and loved the late 80's hair metal Whitesnake albums, so I expected Good to Be Bad to be a knockout combination of the two styles. When I popped the disc in the stereo, however, I didn't really hear anything I considered "classic Whitesnake", which was a bit disappointing. I think my expectations clouded my perceptions of this album, because after a few more spins I started to come around.

    There isn't as much of the old bluesy Whitesnake here, and there really isn't any "hair metal" either. Likewise, this isn't some desperate attempt to redefine their sound. Whitesnake really doesn't have to prove anything at this point. This is an older, wiser, arena rocking Whitesnake. The songs definitely rock, but they're more refined and melodic, not overpowering like say Still of the Night was.

    Overall, Good to Be Bad is a very solid album, but it is a bit uneven. It stumbles a bit at the beginning and towards the end, but starting with the third track (Call on Me) you get a good seven very impressive songs in a row, including the gorgeous slow songs Summer Rain and All I Want All I Need. I think the weakest song on the album may be the opening track Best Years. If they had opened the album with the song Good to Be Bad, a hook-heavy rocker that could have fit right in on the 1987 album, I'd probably have loved it from the start. Ending on such a mellow note might not have been the best choice either.

    It took some getting used to, but I'm still a believer. Good to Be Bad is a welcome new chapter in the Whitesnake saga. David Coverdale remains in fine form, and though he sounds a bit restrained at times, given his age his voice still has plenty of power. Hopefully the band will bring their tour to Atlanta, because I'd love to see how this material translates live.

    NOTE: I picked up the deluxe version of Good to Be Bad that had a bonus CD with a handful of live tracks. It's a nice bonus, and the quality of the material is on par with the bonus CD that came with the Whitesnake - Live in the Still of the Night (Deluxe) [DVD/CD Combo].
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  • Whitesnake's Come Back Worth Your Money!
    Most old bands from the 80's and beyond eventually end up missing the time in their life when they were rock stars. So they get back together and slop together some crappy tracks and capitilize on you buying it with the hopes that it would sound ANYTHING like their old stuff...which it doesn't. However, this is NOT one of those cases. Whitesnake (now made up of David Coverdale and 4 other all-star guns for hire) have come out with a stellar attempt to appeal to the current rock scene WITHOUT sacrificing their signature style and sound. In fact, as one other reviewer mentioned, it sounds as though they listened to the entire Whitesnake catalog before making this album to make sure this album fit in just as nicely.

    "Call On Me" is a the standout track in my opinion with its driving riff and epic chorus. "Lay Down Your Love" is another example of the classic Whitesnake guitars and wailing vocals of David Coverdale. "Good To Be Bad" "Best Years" "A Fool In Love" and "Can You Hear The Wind Blow" are also great rock anthems. "All I Want All I Need" will take you back to the power ballads of Whitesanke such as "Is This Love" and "The Deeper The Love". In fact this track even goes out of its way to be a little more 80s sounding in its delivery.

    Lastly, for all of you who miss the shredding of Steve Vai off of the Slip of The Tongue album, the solos on this album are INCREDIBLE and are very much in the style of Vai and Adrian Vandenberg from the classic line-up. The solos on "Best Years" "Call on Me" and "A Fool In Love" actually impressed me so much that I was wondering why Doug Aldrich hasn't been more recognized. His shredding is nothing less than spectacular. In conclusion, if you buy this album as an old Whitesnake fan or a new one, you won't be disappointed.
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  • Wow! Is it really 2008??
    Like most people, I was prepared for this to be pretty bad. When I found the samples, I told myself I'd be pleased if half of them are average. That would be outstanding. Turns out this album is really, really good. It would have been good back when there was a lot of good rock out there to compete with. If this was 1988, this record would sell about a gagillion copies. I'm not a fan of sappy love songs and ballads, but I could listen to Summer Rain over and over and over.

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  • whitesnakelightning
    Heavy guitars, mind blowing vocals. I want to eat pie and come all over some honey. Buy it for sum fun. Women love to be serenaded. This is Whitesnake the original(STILL OF THE NIGHT) reincarnated. Excellent indeed!!!!! Trust me junior, if you like to get laid :)...more info
  • Bad to the Bone! Whitesnake bites back!
    Whitesnake bites back with a excellent effort.
    This is much more heavier than Restless Heart
    which I think is also very good but I think
    most fans would prefer this side of the band.
    With Doug Alrich [formerly of Dio] the band
    really rocks but keeping the melodic edge and
    great songwriting. Coverdale's vocals sound
    is still there and unique as ever. Songs like
    Lay down your love, Fool in love and the title
    track are classic whitesnake. The slower songs
    like All I want and Til end of time are the
    type you'd expect and should be hits if the
    music biz didn't ....well you know. Thank God
    for music and bands like this that are still
    showing that classic hard rock hasn't died.
    not yet anyway. Long live rock n roll.........
    Also recommend UFO monkey puzzle and Y&T's DVD!...more info
  • It IS good to be bad!!
    Very good indeed! And those 5 stars truly are well deserved! I was so afraid of being disappointed by the new stuff but it's so damn good.
    I think it has that good ol' Whitesnake vibe ,- and I'm truly glad that there's still bands out there who doesn't go all Madonna on us and try to renew their music into something crappy.
    Hopefully we'll get to hear more new stuff written by Mr Aldrich in the future as well!

    Lizzy ...more info
  • The Best of Whitesnake, but with new songs...
    Well, I have listened to the album three times now... the going rate for being comfortable with a new 'snake album. What can I say...Ter-Riff-ic!! DC obviously thought very hard about what he wanted to accomplish with this album. Pleasing the choir can be difficult when everyone has their favorite styles from the Whitesnake back catalogue, so what did DC do...he gave us everything. I still cannot believe that he managed to blend so many elements of his history into one album. I mean there's Ready an' Willing and Still of the Night... then classic AC-DC, Thin Lizzy and Led Zeppelin, but not carbon copied, more a modern hybrid of the classics. I just could not concentrate at work today because that insatiable riff from Good to be Bad just kept replaying in my mind. Doug has done what all good, nay great, guitarists do... create a signature sound, develop addictive riffs and learn from the masters of yesteryear. Guys...you have outdone yourselves. This album deserves global success, but with the music business the way it is, predictions are difficult. At least the choir will be satisfied, and I know that is what matters most to Mr. Coverdale. To your health, sir...Cheers!
    ...more info
  • Great Comeback
    I was a little worried when I heard that Whitesnake was coming out with a new album. Once I heard the title "Good to be Bad" I knew it was going to be a great record. They stuck to their classic lyrics, and wrote quite a good record. Good job being "bad" by sticking to the classics! We can tell that David Coverdale is getting older obviously, but his voice is so damn good on this record. Welcome back Whitesnake!! ROCK N' ROLL IS ALIVE 2008!!!...more info
  • this baby rocks
    David Coverdale have made it after years.This album is like good old bluesy hard rock with today`s production. Lots of juicy riffs and incredible guitar work with a touch of Led Zep. Coverdale himself sounds great as always.A real treat for a true Whitesnake fan. This baby really rocks!
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  • Surprisingly Good!
    I was not that big of a Whitesnake fan back in the 80's but I really enjoy this CD more with each listen. Reminds me quite a bit of two great overlooked UFO albums "You are Here" and "Walk on Water". Very bluesy with the right amount of punch. Excellent guitar work....more info
  • Another awesome, rocking effort from a creative, underrated genius
    I must admit, I've never been a fan of Whitesnake, but I am a fan of Coverdale (especially his short time with Deep Purple) when he isn't singing ballads (I hated "Is this Love"). The ballads of David Coverdale were always a turn-off for me, and alas, I thought that's all Whitesnake performed. How wrong I was!! I must rate this album a 5, in spite of the fact there are just a few songs I skip.

    It was also my misguided belief that Coverdale and Whitesnake were still a relic from that bygone era of the hair-bands. Fortunately, I was wrong about him. I now realize that Coverdale was just doing what he loved all along: good, old fashioned rock n' roll!!!

    I cannot remember how I discovered this album, but the first song I heard from it was the title track, "Good to be Bad." After that I listened to the other tracks and I was not disappointed. Four-fifths of this album impressed me. The guitars were booming, Coverdale's vocals were characteristically powerful, and the writing was excellent. Coverdale's creative genius again shines through this incredible album.

    But for all David's extremely rocking tracks, there are the ballads he fell in love with, which I hate, because they are dramatic, clich¨¦ and Coverdale performs so much better when he is piping about sex, drugs and rock n' roll! I believe he sells himself short by writing those types of songs. But, even if you are like me, don't let the ballads deter you, there are just a few on this album (even though most of the songs are still about love and relationships)!

    Here are how I grade the individual tracks:
    1. Best Years -- Begins with awesome guitar work and maintains a rocking, bombastic sound throughout. Coverdale's vocals are top-notch and the lyrics are well written. Though I don't care for the "you came along..." line, this track is one of the best on the album. A-

    2. Can You Hear the Wind Blow -- More profound guitar work, and even better vocals and lyrics. It begins, "Over the mountains, across the sea...". I love the rhythm and the chorus. I hear the wind blow, David!! A

    3. Call on Me -- The guitar work is yet again very impressive and possesses that belligerent, aggressive feel. On this track, in my opinion, can be found Coverdale's best vocal work of the entire album. His voice hits peaks and lows, but never ceases to amaze. The lyrics are perhaps the catchiest on the entire album, and the solo around the three minute mark tops it all off. A+

    4. All I Want All I Need -- Not by any stretch of the means is this a muse-inspired ballad from David. The vocals are, as always, good; the guitar work, although very pedestrian, is enjoyable; the chorus is catchy, but most of the lyrics are very trite and clich¨¦. "You're all I want..." makes me sing along but the rest of the track just leaves something to be desired. The only way I can sum up this track to you is by telling you I'd put it on my iPod but I'd skip it more often than not. C+

    5. Good to Be Bad -- WOW!!! What a song! Guitars are once again bombastic, vocals are very similar to Call on Me, as Coverdale's voice has more mood swings than a knocked up schoolteacher named Ethel. Features another top-notch guitar solo. A

    6. All For Love -- Another clich¨¦ love-song from David, which has some promise, is sold short due to a mediocre chorus. That is unique because "All I Want" was exactly the opposite: good chorus, disappointing on the whole. The overly romantic chorus lowers this one's grade (although the beginning guitar work is good). C+, maybe B- at best.

    7. Summer Rain -- This song leaves me thinking, "David, what the heck are you rambling about?" Very acoustic, feminine and not very Coverdale-like at all, even despite his tendency to get soft. If you enjoy Simon and Garfunkel you'll eat this number up. C-

    8. Lay Down Your Love -- Even though he is constantly talking about how his heart (and your heart) feels in this one, he manages to win me over with an attractive main riff, the album's arguably best solo, and his rocking vocals. "All my life I've been alone, lookin' for somebody to call my own," gives me chills every time I hear it, and Coverdale's screeching of "lay it dowwwwwn" is a nice feature too. While not as freaking awesome as his first three tracks, I would not miss it. B+

    9. A Fool in Love -- See? Even he thinks his romance is over-the-top! Anyway, this song rocks. The first thing I thought when I heard it was that it mixed styles: it has an 80s feel, but also a Southern/country/western rock motif, and that typical Coverdale sound. But it works well: chorus is nice, riff is good, and just an all-around feel-good song. B+

    10. Got What You Need -- This song certainly has what I need: a quirky "aye-up" at the beginning, that aggressive guitar work, and that repetitive chorus that everyone loves to hear. Coverdale, at one point, seems like he is rapping about how well he satisfies women. I'm gonna be honest, it is very entertaining. B+

    11. 'Til the End of Time -- Another slow, very acoustic song which showcases that emotional personality of Coverdale and assures you he will always love you. It is a decent song, and not as annoying as "All I Want," but it isn't my style and seems almost filler to me. No booming riffs in the song, no aye-ups, and Coverdale never appears to wow us with his vocal durability. C

    Overall, a good album which features 2-3 songs which could have used work. The songs I liked were so good, I'm still giving it an A+....more info
  • Truly the BEST YEARS of their lives
    For as long as Good To Be Bad was happily welcomed on the wordwide music market, the fabulous riffs of the impressive 11 songs this masterpiece contains, are blasting out of my carspeakers every single day. If I have to describe the Whitesnake of 2008, in only one single word, it would be: FENOMENAL.
    My absolute favorite track of this stunning revival album of the 57 (!!) years old David Coverdale and his more than talented companions, is BEST YEARS. The unique riffs of the superb sounding guitars, the structure of the composition, the flight upwards to the breathtaking guitarsolo, the marvelous throat of Coverdale and the overwelming drums and bass part that proudly ends this amazing rocksong.
    My respect goes out to everybody in- and around this killer band, that was involved by creating this all time classic. Thanks you all !!!

    BUY IT. Right now. The best album of the past 5 years.

    Kim Lieuwen
    Amsterdam...more info
  • Stunning! Unexpected! Coverdale does it again!
    When a great band makes a comeback CD, with a totally new line-up the results are usually a disappointment.

    But sometimes on a RARE occasion, the result is total bliss. This would be one of those occasions...

    Coverdale has done it again!

    David Coverdale has spent the last few years putting together this band and touring with them. And the results are obvious and amazing, as they sound like a tight group! Highlighted by Coverdale's latest recruit Doug Aldrich (Dio). "Winger and Dokken" veteran shredder Reb Beach is also featured in this latest version of the `Snake'. But it is Aldrich who shines on this album.

    Dare I say that the Coverdale/Aldrich writing duo is the best Whitesnake since Coverdale/Sykes from 1987? We'll see...

    The Production on this CD is marvelous! I think that was the first surprise that went through my mind upon hearing this new material. Coverdale also deserves credit for taking his time and letting this band become a cohesive unit.

    Best songs on the CD:
    (Although I love them all)

    Lay Down Your Love - Simply the most stunning Whitesnake song since Still Of The Night. Guitarist Doug Alrich tears it up on this one. Coverdale sounds great and seems to be having fun for the first time in years!

    Good To Be Bad - The comparisons to "Slow an' Easy are obvious. But this song rocks! The highlight of Coverdale/Aldrich writing duo in my humble opinion!!!

    Summer Rain - Features that smooth Coverdale sound/vocal that I love so much! What a great ballad!

    Can You Hear the Wind Blow - Aldrich is the STAR on this track, as he lays down a classic Whitesnake riff that will not soon be forgotten. Awesome, awesome stuff!!

    Call On Me - Zeppelinesque in its delivery and tone, but yet with a completely modern sound! Aldrich grooves on this tune and reminds me of the great John Sykes...he is that good. Listen up at the 2:50 minute mark of this song for a simply great solo! Upon completion of the solo, Coverdale barks into the microphone "over here!" - as if trying to get our attention back after we've been mesmerized Aldrich's guitar work...nice!

    All I Want All I Need - 2008's "The Deeper The Love". Beautiful ballad, with some soulful vocals and guitar work!

    Got What You Need - "Ayyye Yo!!!" about sums it up!

    Need a bottom line?

    Best Whitesnake CD since `1987'!

    So what are you waiting for? You need to purchase this CD now!

    Thank you David Coverdale and Doug Aldrich! Keep `em coming!!!
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  • This is a return to 1987
    Your opinion of this album will depend on which Whitesnake you like.

    If, like me, you were listening to Whitesnake before 1987, and were disappointed with the glam era music, steer clear, or at least listen before you buy. Instead check out "Restless Heart" and Coverdale's solo "Into the Light", which were a return to the more bluesy sound.

    However, If your introduction to Whitesnake was the 1987 album and you liked it and "Slip of the Tongue", you will like this album....more info
  • Good to be Bad
    Great CD - rectified metal with one of the greatest UK rock singers of the 70's & 80's. Whitesnake is back in the groove with a new powerful crew and the best of the best - David Coverdale !!!...more info
  • Great album; great band
    After many years, Whitesnake releases a GREAT album. It could have been done 15 years ago, or 25.
    David Coverdale has this distinguished, unique voice; he does not SING, he acts through his voice. Mr. Coverdale gets older and better each year: although not so "powerfull" in low pitches as in Purple's Burn, he learned a lot all over these years. As a result, he can "play" between low and high pitches easily, which makes the album a complete piece of Hard Rock, R&B and Rock and Roll, played by talented and passionate musicians.
    The band is amazing: one can hear all the instruments together, as much as concentrate in each one at a time - it's all clear, but strong.
    Great musicians - as Mr.Coverdale always gets surrounded by - and the best voice that rock and roll has ever seen. All in great shape.
    A real "must-have"....more info
  • kinda worth the wait
    Nothing groundbreaking, but the first few songs are pretty strong, and I like the beefy production. The second half is more like filler, like average '80's hair metal. The writing is okay for the most part, but some is borderline awful...does anyone really need to hear the phrase "from the mountains to the sea" in a song again...ever? Or "lay down your love, lay it down on me"? All songs were written by Coverdale and Aldrich, but it sounds like Coverdale had more influence on the lyrics than Aldrich. Overall I like it, but it goes a bit south after the first half....more info
  • very dissapointed!
    As a big Whitesnake fan,I had high hopes and was so happy when this new album came out.However,I only liked 1 song only,which is "All I Want all I Need".I thought the rest weren't any good.I should have just got the 1 song from I tunes.

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  • Is it the 80's again?
    I'm pretty impressed by the way these songs sound. David Coverdale can still sing like it was 20 years ago and he found musicians that sound as if they were on the Whitesnake and Slide it In albums. My only disappointment would be the lyrics. He tends to repeat the same versus over and over as if filling the songs. But the catchy riffs and rythym section make up for it. I was surprised to find that my CD had a bonus live CD attached that contained some old Deep Purple tracks too. If like classic Whitesnake, go get this!...more info
  • TRIUMPHANT RETURN OF WHITESNAKE!!! HELL YEAH!
    After too many years away from the recording studios, WHITESNAKE has returned with a damned good album entitled: "Good To Be Bad". I have to say that David Coverdale still has all the talent and vocal agility that you remember from the 80's. This man is down-right inspiring, and it is really great to have him back again! The music is very strong, and the new line-up is very solid and talented. I was very impressed with all of the new songs, and I hope that this album will earn the band some good money. One would be hard pressed to find a better sounding Rock Band. I will be looking forward to seeing WHITESNAKE on their next tour. By the way, there is a a limited edition 2-CD version of this album. The second CD contains the bands greatest hits recorded live. And it does sound great. I found my 2 disc copy at Circuit City.(Be prepared to pay $2 more for the limited edition version). Buy this one and play it loud & often!...more info
  • Not their best, but not bad at all.
    As Whitesnake albums go, I would say this one is about as good as Come And Get It or Ready And Willing, but not as good as Slide It In. In other words, there are a couple of really memorable songs, but it is not the great album that they always seemed capable of but never seemed to deliver. Still, it's good to finally hear this band again; welcome back....more info
  • Good to be Bad review
    This is a solid rock album. If you are a Whitesnake fan of old you will enjoy it. The live stuff on the second CD sounds good too. Worth listening to....more info

 

 
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