DEAD WHITE AND BLUE - MARY JANE (Vanity Music Group)
(Review by Patrick De Sloover)
It’s often said that the best things in life are worth waiting for. Dead White and Blue’s Mary Jane has arrived, so your wait is over, get ready to be blown away. That’s the advice and additional info that we get from the record label to introduce us to this band. I’m always precautious when I read things like this, as it is mostly over-the-top promo talk. The reason why this whole adventure took so long is rather simple. The album was recorded around 2001 and shortly before the release of “Mary Jane”, mainman Russell Workman (vocals and guitars) got arrested and had to put everything on ice, while he was in jail for several years. Dope and prison was my own personal hell, states Workman referring to the song ‘Burning In Hell’. This whole Mary Jane ‘project’ might be a reflection of this man’s past, which can be considered as rather dark and with a lot of setbacks.
The first track on this album is ‘Take’ and gives a good idea what Dead White and Blue is all about. The musical direction of this quartet is a mixture of heavy metal with a Murderdolls approach and a light version of Marilyn Manson and at some moments Motley Crue pops up as well, although it’s not really glam-rock what this quartet is delivering. The title track ‘Mary Jane’ is up next and we get some heavy riffing at start, but it’s nothing more as a standard heavy metal track with some U.S. glam ingredients. This pop metal powerhouse is about a chick that loves to party, break hearts and ride the bull like ‘the great whore’ spoken of in revelations. ‘Dragonhead’ is another typical song for this band, so it adds really nothing at all, as some of the vocal parts are sung out of tune, which is totally unacceptable. ‘California’ continues the same way and ‘Hot Wheels’ offers not really what I expected, especially they all had plenty of time to re-arrange, reconsider the material and fine-tune the whole album, track by track.
When you remove the disc out of its tray, you see a picture of a diamond, I guess it’s referring to the album and the music that you will discover, but in my opinion, it’s a gem of lesser value… This album is 12 years old, never released or even mastered, but Russell Workman decided to back up to the starting time and start all over again. Perhaps it’s not the best decision that this man made in his life, and I do hope that he had fun during the recording process, but it’s better to keep it for personal matters only. Not necessary to spread it worldwide as it doesn’t contribute to anything at all. Dead White And Blue FB
My rating: 66 / 100
95+ : Outstanding, high valued albums & Classic Ones… a direct purchase is advisable !
Between 90 and 95: Surpasses the style of music, must be heard/ordered by every Metal fan
Between 80 and 89: Good in its own genre, recommended for those hooked on it
Between 70 and 79: Decent but best previewing
Between 60 and 69: Rather moderate
Between 50 and 59: Bad, substandard
50- : Rubbish