What does it sound like?:
After splitting up following the release of their last album, 2013’s Afterglow, Black Country Communion are back! For the uninitiated, this Anglo American band comprises Glenn Hughes, Joe Bonamassa, Jason Bonham and Derek Sherinian, and is one of the best rock bands to emerge in the last decade.
It looked like they were gone for good, with fall outs between Hughes and Bonamassa over the latter’s supposed reluctance to commit fully to the band due to the demands of his own very successful recording and performing career. It seems they’ve now kissed and made up however, and produced this set, a really good hard rock album.
This is classic old school rock in similar vein to bands of yore like Deep Purple and their ilk, in turn bluesy then heavy, but with some great hooks. Personally, I prefer the longer pieces where the songs really have time to develop, such as Last Song For My Resting Place, The Cove, Wanderlust and the closing epic When The Morning Comes. Hughes is in great voice throughout, although he seems to have reined himself in a little compared to some of his solo work, and his vocals are perfectly complemented by Bonamassa’s superb guitar work. Producer Kevin Shirley, famed for his work with rock giants such as Iron Maiden, has done a sterling job in capturing the band’s live energy and power in the studio,
What does it all *mean*?
I loved this album – if you like your rock loud and traditional, this is one for you!
Goes well with…
Their first three albums, hard rock in general.
Might suit people who like…
Heavy riffs, infectious choruses, great playing and singing.