There seems to be no better timing for the release of an album Jeff Beck and Johnny Depp worked on for the last three years and will put out on July 15th – and, of course, it’s no coincidence, what with the latter’s trial wrapped up allowing him to join the former on-stage a couple of times and announce the issue of their joint effort which would undoubtedly have been kept under wraps if the court decision went the other way. The question is, then, what’s the musical value of “18” – that’s the platter’s title, referring to its creators’ inner age at the time of hanging out in each other’s company.
While Beck’s credentials don’t have to be established after about six decades of endless experiments with styles and sounds, Depp’s escapades with HOLLYWOOD VAMPIRES in the company of true rock stars didn’t impress too much, despite their studio albums. Still, for a record mostly filled with covers of other artists’ classics, plus a pair of Johnny’s pieces, there are some choice numbers which display J&J’s taste – such as Janis Ian’s “Stars” and “Time” by Dennis Wilson, alongside two of his band’s cuts – so the album can turn out interesting after all.
1. Midnight Walker (Davy Spillane)
2. Death And Resurrection Show (KILLING JOKE)
3. Time (Dennis Wilson)
4. Sad Motherfuckin’ Parade (Johnny Depp)
5. Don’t Talk (Put Your Head On My Shoulder) (THE BEACH BOYS)
6. This Is A Song For Miss Hedy Lamarr (Johnny Depp)
7. Caroline, No (THE BEACH BOYS)
8. Ooo Baby Baby (THE MIRACLES)
9. What’s Going On (Marvin Gaye)
10. Venus In Furs (THE VELVET UNDERGROUND)
11. Let It Be Me (THE EVERLY BROTHERS)
12. Stars (Janis Ian)
13. Isolation (John Lennon) – digital and CD only