ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, JUNE 23, 1989
By Steve Newton
So Great White’s last album was called Once Bitten, and its new one is …Twice Shy. Is that any reason for the L.A. hard-rock band to slaughter Ian Hunter’s 1975 classic “Once Bitten, Twice Shy”? The answer is an unequivocal no goddamn way!
Hunter’s masterpiece of 12-bar boogie would have been better left alone. Sure, Great White rocks it up a bit and gives it an ’80s feel, but this is done without any conviction at all. Not only that, but about 20 words are changed from the original version, and the band doesn’t even get the chorus right.
The only good thing about Great White’s rendition is the possibility that Ian Hunter–who’s been struggling for years–might be able to buy a new house on the royalties.
As for the rest of the album, it’s got its ups and downs, but tunes like “Baby’s On Fire” and “House of Broken Love” give the impression that the band is good enough to make it on its own, without desecrating the vaults.