W.A.S.P. – Still Not Black Enough

W.A.S.P. – Still Not Black Enough [Remastered] (2001, Metal-Is Records)
Original Release: 1995, Raw Power

1. “Still Not Black Enough” … 4:02
2. “Somebody to Love” … 2:50
3. “Black Forever” … 3:17
4. “Scared To Death” … 5:02
5. “Goodbye America” … 4:46
6. “Keep Holding On” … 4:04
7. “Rock And Roll To Death” … 3:44
8. “Breathe” … 3:44
9. “I Can’t” … 3:07
10. “No Way Out Of Here” … 3:39

Band:
Blackie Lawless – Vocals, Bass, Guitar, Keyboards, Sitar
Bob Kulick – Guitar
Frankie Banali – Drums

Additional Musicians:
Mark Joesphson – Violin
Stet Howland – Percussion
Tracey Whitney – Backing Vocals
K.C. Calloway – Backing Vocals

Producer: Blackie Lawless

Being a mid-90s W.A.S.P. album, I wasn’t expecting much from Still Not Black Enough, which really isn’t fair because Blackie came come up with at least a few decent tunes every album. The album was originally intended to be a solo album for Blackie but he later decided to put the W.A.S.P. name on it (for purely financial reasons, I’m sure).

Regardless of the name on the cover, it’s always going to have a hard time NOT sounding like W.A.S.P. because Blackie IS W.A.S.P. It really doesn’t matter who is backing him up, it’s Blackie’s band and he’s the sole creative driving force so solo or not, there’s a certain sound any of his albums are gonna have. I’ve always found this especially true when it comes to the drumming.

There’s a couple of songs that are most definitely W.A.S.P.y — “Still Not Black Enough”, “Black Forever” and “No Way Out of Here”, and the cover of Jefferson Airplane’s “Somebody to Love” are obvious W.A.S.P. rockers but there’s some nice variety to this album as well. “Keep Holding On” and “Breath” are tender ballads you definitely wouldn’t expect from any album labeled as W.A.S.P., but they are cool tunes and show Blackie trying a different style of vocals and I love the lyrics on “Keep Holding On”. “Rock And Roll To Death” has a ’50s rock ‘n’ roll much in the same vein as “Johnny B. Good”. “I Can’t” is a good mid-tempo bluesy number that turns into typical W.A.S.P. when Blackie starts dropping f-bombs.

Overall, this is a very good disc that features Blackie spreading his leathery wings once again while still throwing in enough typical enough sounding W.A.S.P. tunes to keep the faithful interested. After hearing this album, I’m convinced more than ever that Blackie is one of the more underrated artists in the metal realm.

What ticks me off about this album is I ordered it online and discovered it was the 2001 reissue, I saw that the original U.S. release features covers of Queen’s “Tie Your Mother Down” and AC/DC’s “Whole Lotta Rosie” as well two other Blackie originals! That sucks they didn’t make the reissue. Oh well, that’s why they invented YouTube…

Highlights: “Still Not Black Enough”, “Scared To Death”, “Keep Holding On”, “Rock And Roll To Death”, “I Can’t”, “No Way Out of Here”

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Posted on October 20, 2010, in W.A.S.P. and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. I like W.A.S.P. but when bought this album (when it was a new release), I gave it one spin, put it away and haven’t played it since.
    It didn’t impress my on the first listen.

    But after you review, I think I’ll give it another shot.

    Also, I have W.A.S.P.’s most recent “Babylon” and I like it.

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