While listening to He Saw It Comin’, the latest release from Jack Russell’s Great White, for the first time, I found myself embarked on a musical roller coaster. Although He Saw It Comin’ definitely retains aspects of Jack Russell’s rock and roll roots, it has bluesy, groovy and funky characteristics that make it extremely musically diverse.
“She Moves Me” is a definite stand out track, it’s alluring sound immediately paints a picture of a sleazy 1980’s strip club in my head. Upon hearing the first two minutes I knew this would be a favorite of mine and about fifteen seconds later something caught me off guard- a rap. Believe it or not, Jack Russell somehow managed to incorporate a rap into this song well enough to not ruin the entire track. Bravo, Jack. “Sign of the Times” and “Blame It on the Night” are the two tracks that are definitely more geared towards the rock sound. However, if you come to He Saw It Comin’ looking to hear another “Once Bitten, Twice Shy”, you’re not going to get it. As the album progresses, the musical diversity increases tenfold. “My Addiction” takes you on a hard rockin’, yet heartfelt journey of Jack’s battles- while closing out the album is “Godspeed”, an acapella, doo-wop track that makes you wanna snap your fingers and tap your toes.
Depending on preferences of the listener, some tracks can definitely be deemed stronger than others. All 11 tracks on He Saw It Comin’ are executed very well. Jack Russell’s voice is still as great as it was thirty years ago and is just about the only thing that remains constant throughout the album. Props go to the rhythm section, consisting of Tony Montana (guitar, keyboard), Robby Lochner (guitar), Dan McNay (bass) and Dicki Fiszar (drums), for being able to perform every style explored on He Saw It Comin’ with gusto.
If you don’t plan on listening to He Saw It Comin’ with an open mind, don’t listen to it at all. He Saw It Comin’ can be described as a melting pot of Russell’s past and present, which ultimately comes together to create a truly eccentric yet passionate release.