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White Widdow: Victory
White Widdow - Victory Music Review

White Widdow: Victory

AOR Melodic Rock
3.0/5.0

I've wondered what happened to these guys. My last experience with Melbourne's White Widdow was their 2010 self-titled debut, which received some praise from former Dangerdog Music Reviews reviewer Kees-Jan Stel. But that's eight years ago and the band has since released three more albums, none of which have reached my desk. But their latest effort, Victory, has arrived for my listening appreciation.

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Yet that appreciation comes with both some interest and disappointment. Mostly, White Widdow plays AOR melodic rock straight out of the Eighties. Their music has the usual AOR suspects: melodic vocal and guitar harmony, efficient rock rhythm and groove, bright guitar solos, and a large synth presence. All these things are wrapped up in catchy melodies and memorable refrains. That's all good. Yet, while these are fine attributes, my dilemma with Victory was a simple one: most everything you hear sounds like you've heard it all before. It's not that I was expecting some overtly novel in their music, but I certainly wasn't expecting something redundant either. Moreover, I found both the music and its presentation to be listless, lacking energy and enthusiasm. Honestly, I can't point to a single song that reached out and grabbed my interest. It's not that White Widdow can't create entertaining AOR melodic rock; obviously they can and have in the past. But with Victory, they seem to be stuck in the twin ruts of redundancy and complacency. But fans may feel differently.


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It's not that White Widdow can't create entertaining AOR melodic rock; obviously they can and have in the past. But with Victory, they seem to be stuck in the twin ruts of redundancy and complacency. But fans may feel differently.

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