White Widdow – White Widdow (AOR Heaven)
Aussies aren’t shy. Fact. And there’s no holding back on what must be one of the most confident debuts of all time as the wonderful White Widdow roll back the years to bring 80s hair metal bang up to date.
Vocalist Jules Millis might hail from Melbourne but with a voice like this he wouldn’t be out of place treading the boards on the Sunset Strip – and he’s got the tunes to take him there. Mixing slick Survivor-esque rockers with the odd weepy ballad, WW whip all fans of classic AOR into a spandex-clad frenzy and the sooner they set foot in the towns and cities of the UK the better.
Tracks like Tokyo Rain and Fire & Ice recount a golden age of MTV-friendly pop metal while the fabulous Broken Hearts Won’t Last Forever will have heavily made-up groupies falling at the band’s feet.
The Widdow won’t win any prizes for originality but if the gongs are being dished out for pure retro cool then this lot will clean up at the back end of 2010. If fellow Aussies Airbourne can forge a career from aping AC/DC then there’s no reason Millis and his mates can’t do the same working from the blueprint of 80s rock. SR
rushonrock rated: 8/10 White Hot