The first two Warrior Soul records are the highlight of Kory Clarke and bandmates. Songwriting, energy and sound are impressive and timeless to this day. Unfortunately, Warrior Soul could never really return to these days of glory and the new album ‘Cocaine & Other Good Stuff’ can’t turn the page. The longplayer, with the catchy title, is a cover album that pays attention to some classic in hard Rock, artists and songs being important to Kory Clarke.
It all starts with a rather pepper-less version of ‘Let the Good Times Roll’ of The Cars song before things start to get better with J.J. Cale’s ‘Cocaine’. Kory Clarke’s hoarse vocals add new edges to the timeless classic and the same goes for Van Halen’s ‘D.O.A.’. ‘Elected’, orginally by Alice Copper, is also one of the better interpretations on the album.
A punky version of ‘Get Down Tonight’ (KC And The Sunshine Band) does a good job too before ‘We’re An American Band’ stands for the highlight of the album. Other cover songs unfortunately doesn’t take-off the same way. The two Kiss songs and ‘Motörhead’s ‘Outlaw’ can’t impress and it’s better to stick with the original.
In times of floodgates for new releases opening, ‘Cocaine & Other Good Stuff’ is an album that is certainly based on a good idea but there might be other records being a better investment in times of a smaller wallet.
- Good Times Roll (The Cars)
- Cocaine (J.J. Cale)
- Crosstown Traffic (Jimi Hendrix)
- Cold Gin (KISS)
- D.O.A. (Van Halen)
- Elected (Alice Cooper)
- Outlaw (Motörhead)
- Firehouse (KISS)
- Get Down Tonight (KC And The Sunshine Band)
- We’re An American Band (Grand Funk Railroad)
- Living After Midnight (Judas Priest)
Genre: Hard Rock
Release Date EU: November 13th, 2020