JACK RUSSELL ‘For You’ (Ulftone Music) 2002
Former Great White vocalist’s debut solo album. He has a stellar
supporting cast including guitarist Bob Kullick (Meat Loaf/Kiss),
guitarist/vocalist Billy Sherwood (Yes/Paul Rodgers), bass player Tony Levin
(King Crimson/Peter Gabriel), drummer Vince Colaiuta (Zappa/Sting/Stevie
Nicks) and Air Supply’s keyboard player Michael Sherwood.
Opener, ‘Any Kind of Love’ sounds like a deadringer for Cheap Trick
vocalist Robin Zander, a nice mellow pop rock song. Much of this album will
come as a surprise to Great White fans, as it shows Jack Russell’s voice in
a much mellower setting and for me it sounds better for it (I must admit to
not being a big fan of Great White!). ‘Always’ uses string arrangements with
a clear cut guitar solo over it (very Mark Knopfler in style) - a refined
ballad. ‘Don’t Know Why’ is a great summer song - catchy hook and
sing-a-long chorus. The title track, ‘For You’ leads in from a piano intro,
this really highlights Jack’s vocal capabilities. A slow building ballad,
again reminiscent of Cheap Trick’s ballads.
‘Paradise’, a mid-tempo pop song, with some glorious guitar work (not
sure who Sherwood or Kulick), which again brings to mind Dire Straits. ‘No
Time Left’ is a moving ballad, again the qulaity and range of Jack’s voice
shines through. ‘My Everything’ , a ballad, rounds off the album in style.
Full of strings and a Beatle-like ending circa ‘Sgt. Pepper’
Great White fans will be (pleasantly) surprised by this album, chock full
of quality pop rock tunes. The songs are all highly polished, with lush
keyboards and strings and some quality guitar soloing. Fans of Cheap Trick,
Dire Straits and Bon Jovi (in mellower moments) should track this down. A
damn fine album and one that will stand the test of time.
Review by Jason Ritchie
***** Out of this world | **** Pretty
damn fine |
*** OK, approach with caution unless you are a fan |
** Instant bargain bin fodder | * Ugly. Just ugly