Doogie White is one of the few hard rock shouters who can refine a mediocre song with their vocal presence. On the new album with his Scottish home troupe La Paz, he has to do quite a bit of abstract work to breathe life into one or the other piece. On the other hand there are also a lot of songs that would have made a more than good impression on albums of his other employers like Rainbow, Yngwie Malmsteen or Demon's Eye. The "Don't Drink With The Devil", reminiscent of Deep Purple, is one such highlight. What is missing from this second La-Paz album after the reunion is a really powerful production. Although the Scots were more forcefully staged compared to "Granite" (2012), but the whole still sounds too much like a musical B-Movie. Too bad, tracks like the quiet, slightly bluesy "Devil In Disguise" or the Rainbow-suspicious "Men Of War" would have deserved a classic sound. Also because the guitarist and songwriter Chic McSherry finally plays himself into the foreground.
Top track: Men Of War