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In 2009 White Flame released Tour Bus Diaries’ their second album. I made it one of my top albums of the year, and coming after the equally impressive debut ‘Yesterday’s News’ White Flame was a Finnish band that seemed to be about to break out.




It’s now three years later and I’m glad to say that White Flame is back with ‘Cougar’ an album that has seen their sound not necessarily change as much as take a slight detour. Whereas ‘’Tour Bus Diaries’ owed much to latter day Aerosmith, the vibe I get this one is altogether funkier – maybe a bit more like ‘Extreme’?




The lucky Finns have already had two singles before we got the release in our part of the world – in ‘I Know Where you Live’ and a pretty faithful cover of Roxette’s ‘The Look’.  Whilst I quite like what they’ve done with both, I don’t see them as the best songs here. As far as Cougar stacks up against previous output? Again I don’t see it as their best, but it is probably their most consistent album to date







From opener ‘Get What’s Mine’ you get the feeling that nothing much has changed for white Flame, which is great news indeed: there’s the big guitar, brooding vocal and then the explosive melodic chorus. The single ‘I know Where You live’ is more of the same but doesn’t quite work as well despite the humour. However it’s not quite a case as ‘same as last time’.




Where the album gets interesting is on the mellower tracks like the detached, Beatles-like ‘Make Believe’ or on the more standard, but better resolved ballad ‘Stay’.   




For me though it’s the Rock and Rollers that win over yet again, The straight ahead eighties rock fest of ‘Cougar’ and the blues-infused rocker ‘We Get It On’ offer the meat and potatoes while bass-driven ‘Right Back In’ takes us into heavier territory.




On the other hand ‘What Girls Like’ picks up where ‘Tour Bus Diaries’ left off with a funky number that recalls eighties favourites Extreme. ‘Used to be a Girl’ that follows rolls with that comparison, but adds pop sensibilities to the mix.








Closer ‘The Question’ is perhaps the song that asks most questions here: an epic with strings and keys, it’s wonderfully produced replete with funky guitar and as far as White Flame is concerned it’s something a little new into the mix.




All in all it’s another great from White Flame and whilst nothing grabs me here as immediately as say ‘Front row Girl’ did last time out, this is still a great album worth the purchase price.





by Mark Diggins