Newt’s 30 best rock albums of the decade, 2010-2019

By Steve Newton 30. Soundgarden King Animal (2012) The classic Soundgarden lineup of singer Chris Cornell, guitarist Kim Thayil, bassist Ben Shepherd, and drummer Matt Cameron releases its first album in 16 years, and it sounds like it’s never been gone. The raging, three-minute “Attrition” might be the best damn rock tune of the year. 29. … Continue reading Newt’s 30 best rock albums of the decade, 2010-2019

Album review: Whitesnake, Slip of the Tongue (1989)

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, DEC. 8, 1989 By Steve Newton David Coverdale sure knows how to make good use of his previously recorded tunes. First he had a huge hit with a revamped version of "Here I Go Again", and now he's resurrected a nine-year-old British hit called "Fool for Your Loving" and … Continue reading Album review: Whitesnake, Slip of the Tongue (1989)

Album review: Joe Satriani, Flying in a Blue Dream (1989)

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, DEC. 15, 1989 By Steve Newton Joe Satriani is the ultimate hero for air guitarists. When he burst on to the mainstream recording scene with the all-instrumental Surfing With the Alien last year, his high-voltage attack had people everywhere going, "What the hell is that?" Not since Eddie Van … Continue reading Album review: Joe Satriani, Flying in a Blue Dream (1989)

Album review: Georgia Satellites, In the Land of Salvation and Sin (1989)

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, DEC. 1, 1989 By Steve Newton You've gotta like a band like the Georgia Satellites--they know what they do best, and the just keep doin' it. On their first two albums they made pulverizing boogie-blues their one-and-only forte, and on their excellent third album they've not only kept the … Continue reading Album review: Georgia Satellites, In the Land of Salvation and Sin (1989)

Album review: Ten Years After, About Time (1989)

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, NOV. 24, 1989 By Steve Newton After seeing Alvin Lee kicking royal (not to mention Steppenwolf's) butt at the Expo Theatre three years back, I was really hoping he'd get back on the recording scene and unleash some of his hurricane guitar licks for home consumption. I didn't expect … Continue reading Album review: Ten Years After, About Time (1989)

Album review: Webb Wilder, Hybrid Vigor (1989)

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, NOV. 24, 1989 By Steve Newton I'd never heard of Webb Wilder before his Hybrid Vigor album showed up in the office, but lemme tell ya--one spin on the turntable and this scribbler was an immediate fan. Singer-guitarist Wilder fronts a band that churns out straightforward boogie in the … Continue reading Album review: Webb Wilder, Hybrid Vigor (1989)

Album review: Raging Slab, Raging Slab (1989)

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, OCT. 20, 1989 By Steve Newton Guns N' Roses meets Lynyrd Skynyrd in a southern-fried riff-fest that bodes well for this thundering new act from Atlanta. Singer-songwriter Gregory Strzempka crafts catchy, good ol' boy tunes that are nicely lit up by the leads of Mark Middleton and bottleneck attack … Continue reading Album review: Raging Slab, Raging Slab (1989)

Album review: Aerosmith, Pump (1989)

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, OCT. 6, 1989 By Steve Newton Some bands grow old gracefully, mellowing with age, but not Aerosmith. On Pump, the follow-up to the band's 1987 comeback album Permanent Vacation, the bad boys from Boston are as rude 'n' rowdy as ever. And nobody does it better. Pump kicks off … Continue reading Album review: Aerosmith, Pump (1989)

Album Review: The Radiators, Zigzagging Through Ghostland (1989)

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, AUG. 18, 1989 By Steve Newton It's a real shame that the Radiators had to cancel a scheduled show at 86 Street a while back, because the New Orleans-based band is a real cooker, as Zigzagging Through Ghostland attests. The Radiators' funky southern soul is reminiscent of Little Feat, … Continue reading Album Review: The Radiators, Zigzagging Through Ghostland (1989)

Album review: Accept, Eat the Heat (1989)

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, AUG. 4, 1989 By Steve Newton German metal act Accept no longer has steel-throated screamer Udo Dirkschnieder in its lineup, but the group still combines the best elements of AC/DC and '70s bands like Rainbow to come up with a platter-full of catchy, melodic rock. New vocalist David Reece … Continue reading Album review: Accept, Eat the Heat (1989)

Album review: Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble, In Step (1989)

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, AUG. 4, 1989 By Steve Newton It's been four years since Stevie Ray Vaughan's last studio album, but with In Step he's made the long wait worthwhile. The Texas blues-rocker covers a lot of musical bases on this latest effort, and comes through with flying colours. The album kicks … Continue reading Album review: Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble, In Step (1989)

Album review: Doobie Brothers, Cycles (1989)

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, JULY 21, 1989 By Steve Newton For those who yearn for the early- to mid-'70s heyday of the Doobie Brothers, this new LP will provide plenty of friendly flashbacks to the days of Toulouse Street and The Captain and Me. Now that Michael "Mellow" McDonald has left the fold, … Continue reading Album review: Doobie Brothers, Cycles (1989)

Album review: Great White, …Twice Shy (1989)

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! … Continue reading Album review: Great White, …Twice Shy (1989)

Various Artists: Roadhouse Soundtrack (1989)

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, JUNE 9, 1989 By Steve Newton Hard-core Jeff Healey fans who've already worn out their copies of See the Light and can't wait for the guitar wizard's next LP may want to pick this record up, 'cause Healey goes hog wild on four tracks, including the Doors' "Roadhouse Blues" … Continue reading Various Artists: Roadhouse Soundtrack (1989)

Album review: Various Artists, Guitar Speak (1988)

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, DEC. 9, 1998 By Steve Newton The lineup of incredible guitarists on this all-instrumental string-fest says it all: Alvin Lee, Randy California, Eric Johnson, Leslie West, Ronnie Montrose, Steve Howe, Paul Manzanera, Rick Derringer, Pete Haycock, Steve Hunter, Hank Marvin, and Robby Krieger. Each player does one song, and … Continue reading Album review: Various Artists, Guitar Speak (1988)

Album review: Johnny Winter, The Winter of ’88 (1988)

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, DEC. 9, 1988 By Steve Newton A new album by albino blues-rocker Johnny Winter is always welcomed by fans of lightning-fast guitar and raunchy vocals, and his latest is no exception. For his first release on the Voyager label (after four on Alligator Records), Winter has stripped down his … Continue reading Album review: Johnny Winter, The Winter of ’88 (1988)

Album review: Cinderella, Long Cold Winter (1988)

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, NOVEMBER 18, 1988 By Steve Newton Cinderella kinda turned me off with their multi-platinum '86 debut album. I thought they were too much of an Aerosmith clone. It didn't seem to bother the multitudes of kids that scooped up the record, though. On their new album they sound a … Continue reading Album review: Cinderella, Long Cold Winter (1988)

Album review: Aerosmith, Permanent Vacation (1987)

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, SEPT. 18, 1987 By Steve Newton "If you grew up in the '70s you liked Aerosmith." That's what Peter Buck of R.E.M. wrote in the liner notes to his band's version of Aerosmith's "Toys in the Attic," and Buck knows of which he speaks. With albums like Get Your … Continue reading Album review: Aerosmith, Permanent Vacation (1987)

Album review: The Royal Court of China, Geared & Primed (1989)

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, MARCH 31, 1989 By Steve Newton You might expect--with an uppity-sounding name like the Royal Court of China--that these guys would be yet another panty-waisted synth duo creating namby-pamby dance sounds for high-fashion losers. Wrong-O! These guys come up with some of the best thrashing hard-rock these ears have … Continue reading Album review: The Royal Court of China, Geared & Primed (1989)

Album review: Rock City Angels, Young Man’s Blues (1988)

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, JAN. 6, 1989 By Steve Newton Fans of Guns N' Roses should seriously consider checking out this double-disc debut because it sports the same brand of raggedy, Aerosmith/Dolls-influenced '70s rock that has made GN'R such a big deal these days. There's plenty of excellent boogie on the fast-paced tunes … Continue reading Album review: Rock City Angels, Young Man’s Blues (1988)

Album review: Ozzy Osbourne, No Rest for the Wicked (1988)

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, NOV. 11, 1988 By Steve Newton All right? Chalk one up for the rockers in the battle between heavy metal and the Moral Majority. Trust good old Ozzy to take a two-fisted slug at Jimmy Swaggart's recent downfall: "Today I saw a Miracle Man, on TV cryin'/Such a hypocritical … Continue reading Album review: Ozzy Osbourne, No Rest for the Wicked (1988)

Album review: Steve Earle, Copperhead Road (1988)

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, NOV. 11, 1988 By Steve Newton Virginia-born and Texas-raised country rocker Steve Earle carries on the fine tradition established by his first few albums with Copperhead Road, the sort of record that can please both rock and country audiences. Earle's emphasis has shifted toward rock though, so there's definitely … Continue reading Album review: Steve Earle, Copperhead Road (1988)

Album review: Bon Jovi, New Jersey (1988)

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, OCT. 21, 1988 By Steve Newton There are hundreds of hard rock bands out there that are just as good as Bon Jovi. Unfortunately for them, they don't have Bon Jovi's talent for coming up with tunes that are both radio-friendly and capable of hooking into the mass consciousness … Continue reading Album review: Bon Jovi, New Jersey (1988)

Album review: The Jeff Healey Band, See the Light (1988)

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, OCT. 21, 1988 By Steve Newton Local blues-rock fans who've been thrilled by the wild guitar histrionics of Jeff Healey during his many Vancouver club dates are gonna love this album. It's chock full of the scorching, red-hot licks that the 22-year-old Torontonian is famous for, and his inspired … Continue reading Album review: The Jeff Healey Band, See the Light (1988)

Album review: The Northern Pikes, Secrets of the Alibi (1988)

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, SEPT. 2, 1988 By Steve Newton These young whippersnappers from Saskatoon really blew me away with last year's overlooked Big Blue Sky album. Fortunately, their latest release is even better, and it shouldn't be long before the Prairies' most underrated musical resource hits the big time. From the opener, … Continue reading Album review: The Northern Pikes, Secrets of the Alibi (1988)

Album review: Deep Purple, Nobody’s Perfect (1988)

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, SEPT. 23, 1988 By Steve Newton If you were a teenager in the '70s, you probably remember Deep Purple's Made in Japan, the double live album that was--at least in Chilliwack anyway--the top soundtrack to house parties and cruising. Kids in the late '80s now have a live, two-disc … Continue reading Album review: Deep Purple, Nobody’s Perfect (1988)

Album review: Tommy Conwell and the Young Rumblers, Rumble (1988)

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, SEPT. 23, 1988 By Steve Newton From the thoroughly rockin' opening track/first single, "I'm Not Your Man", straight on through to the closer, "Walkin' On the Water", this new young band comes up with enough beat-heavy, riff-riddled tunes to keep your house party going all night. Catchy arrangements and … Continue reading Album review: Tommy Conwell and the Young Rumblers, Rumble (1988)