What does it sound like?:
Another brace of Glenn Hughes re-releases, both expanded to double cd sets.
The first, 1995’s Feel, is an album in which the ex Purple vocalist/bassist goes for a more soulful, funkier sound than in the past. Even the rekindling of his partnership with guitarist Pat Thrall and the presence of Guns and Roses drummer Matt Sorum doesn’t give rise to any really hard rock material of the type usually associated with Hughes. Having said that, there’s some very listenable stuff here, but mainly in a poppier vein than normal. There’s also a decent version of Stevie Wonder’s Maybe Your Baby, and a cover of Purple’s Holy Man. The second cd combines a number of ‘unplugged’ sessions together with live versions of a few highlights of his solo work, plus a handful of Purple classics from his time in the band.
The second reissue is of the following year’s Addiction album. This marked something of a return to the familiar territory of Hughes trademark hard rock/blues sound – indeed at times the sound even veers into heavy metal. Lyrically, the songs are quite dark, dealing with the personal problems that dogged him at the time, mainly his drug addiction and marital breakdown, so this is not exactly easy listening! Of the bonus material, there’s live versions of a few Trapeze and Purple tracks tagged onto the first disc, while the second cd has a live show from 1995, which mixes solo material with the inevitable Purple covers like Burn and Stormbringer.
Both sets have a decent booklet with notes by Malcolm Dome and featuring new interviews.
What does it all *mean*?
These two releases are something of a mixed bag – the second album is as heavy as the first is poppy, while the songs vary from decent to distinctly average.
Goes well with…
His other solo work plus his era of Purple.
Might suit people who like…
Mainly for fans wanting to reacquaint themselves with these two releases from twenty odd years back, while picking up some decent bonus material in the process.