Tuesday, November 08, 2011

Doogie White-As yet untitled

Metal Mind

Vocalist Doogie White has a rather long resume as he has sang with Midnight Blue, Rainbow, Cornerstone, Yngwie Malmsteen's Rising Force, Praying Mantis, LaPaz, Rata Blanca and is currently with Tank. Somewhere in between his busy schedule he found time to and record this solo album. There is a long of guests he brought in to help on this album and that includes Patrick Johansson (Yngwie), Thomas Broman (Glenn Hughes) – Drums,Derek Sherinian (Black Country Communion), Tony Carey (Rainbow) – Bass,Neil Murray (Whitesnake), Greg Smith (Ted Nugent), Paul Logue (Edens Curse) – Keyboards, Pontus Norgren (Hammerfall), Marcus Jidell (Royal Hunt), Phil Hilborne ( Queen Musical), Mick Tucker (Tank) – Guitars and Patti Russo (Meatloaf, Cher) – Guest vocals. Normally I see solo albums with so many guests and I wonder if the lead artist can bring enough of themselves to the material particularly when the artist has spent most of his career as a journeyman performer. However White quickly wipes away any doubts. The music sounds like other artists including Deep Purple, Rainbow, Dio and AC/DC. Not a widely diverse range of sounds perhaps, but enough variation to keep it interesting. However Doogie steps up and delivers on every song. He handles the bluesy type rockers just as well as he does the storming straight ahead tracks. Most of the stronger tracks are in the first half of the album so it did seem a little uneven in that way. Still this album was more impressive than I would have guessed. White seems comfortable and gives his all and shows why he has been in demand for the last 15 years. The various guests certainly contribute some memorable music to boot. Solo albums can go either way, but this one is certainly worth a listen.

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