I’m always a little nervous when I hear bands from my youth are coming out with new music. I mean, as much as I love the bands from my youth, I often find myself asking, “How relevant is this band in modern times?” When I heard that Great White was putting out a new album I was a bit nervous. I was even more nervous when I heard that they were doing so with a new singer in place of Jack Russell. Yikes I thought but then again, Great White was one of my favorites from back in the day so I just had to give this one a chance.
As the opening song “(I’ve Got) Something For You” kicked in, I have to say that I wasn’t loving it. Don’t get me wrong, it didn’t suck but for some reason it didn’t really make much of an impact on me. Just as I was about to somewhat write this album off, “Feelin’ So Much Better” kicked in and this totally perked me up and had me nodding with approval. This particular track is one I think that long time Great White fans will love as it totally sounds like it could’ve been on Shot In The Dark. “Love Train” was another classic sounding Great White song that really showcased new singer Terry Ilous’ dynamic and versatile voice. So much of what I loved about Great White was Jack Russell’s voice and in all honesty, Ilous has the range, the depth, and the stank (good stank) to have me not missing Russell all that much.
Elation does have a few week points that had me feeling like I was in murky waters. “Love Is Not Enough” sounds way too much like the XYZ song “What Keeps Me Loving You” and “Shotgun Willies” is kind of silly and just seemed to kind of stick out like a bump in the road. Luckily, Elation has a lot more win than fail. “Just for Tonight” is my personal favorite track and is also responsible for me not giving up so close to the end. I felt that this song would’ve been such a better as the opening track as it really packs a punch. “Complicated” was another great song that totally would’ve been at home on Twice Shy and was a great way to close the album out.
Great White has managed to step up and prove that not only is there life after Jack Russell but that life without him is not all that bad. Great White has also proven that they are not out of ideas yet. Elation is a really fun listen and it’s an album that both the biggest and most casual of Great White fans can and should easily enjoy. There are a few moments that will have you reaching for the skip button but all in all this is a really great album. Great White is very much alive and well and is showing no signs of slowing down no matter what obstacles might be laid in their path. Swim on brothers… swim on!