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Black Country Communion


Just had a listen to this and was considerably underwhelmed.

I still don't know what to make of Joe Bonnamassa - great guitarist but doesn't seem to have a true direction.

Most of the songs on the album feel as tho' they have come from extended jams with overlong guitar solos and completely ruined by Glenda's shrieking and wailing. He has a great voice so why persist with this style of vocal?

A couple of tracks stand out above the others, Sista Jane and Medusa, although the latter is an old Trapeze song so it's not strictly part of BCC.

As a keys player myself I was expecting a bit more from former DT man but keyboards are way down in the mix and only really feature on Too Late for the Sun with a dischordant, distorted Hammond (not sure it's the real thing) solo. After this the band take it down a notch for a grungy guitar solo over a simple bass riff. This sounds fantatstic but then goes on for about an hour so I lost interest. They just about rescue it by bringing it back up with a somewhat Zepplinesque staccato ending.

Overall, a bit of a disappointment. I suppose that I was hoping for a bit more from a "Supergroup" but on reflection, is that what they really are? Joe isn't really famous enough, our Glenda is probably famous for being famous, Jason Bonham is a great drummer but he's not his dad and I don't think the majority of people realize Teddy Sherringham played keyboards in between playing for Spurs, Man Utd and West Ham! emoticon

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Cheers, HH!
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I kind of felt the same about the album. I was expecting more after all those praises and early reviews raving about it. It is no doubt a very good product of heavy rock but it lacks good riffs and GH should have not put as much stamp on the songs imo, some of the pieces sound like they come from GH solo albums. Also Glenn does not impress with his vocals as much here. The LA Blues authority album style singing would be much better. Mosts songs also lack good arrangements and even as HH put it come off as extended jams - but not really inspired ones.

Now about Bonamassa, he is annoying on this album, repeating the same dull scale run in practicaly every song. It's ridiculous. Sure, all players repeat themselfs but the great ones dont do it in such an obvious way. Also, while it is very easy to spot Bonamassa must have been listening to his share of RB (I know he was raving about how good RB is at one his gigs in the past) I have to say I find his attempts at the fast frantic vibrato a failure. Also I would have liked to hear more of the bluey side in his solos, it seems he just tried very hard to prove he can play this type of lead guitar in the context of hard rock, but he just comes of very limited. Dont get me wrong he is quite fluent and very capable player, it's just his lead playing on this album leaves a lot to be desired imo. In "Song of Yesterday" he had a great chance to put down a really memorable solo but instead he retreated to that annoying scale run again, I mean, has this guy heard of phrasing?? He is almost as boring with that thing as Steve Morse on the DP albums. emoticon Definitely a lack of identity and direction on Bonamassa's part. I thought Bonham was rather impressive but Derek was very much in the low through most of the album.

All in all, for people claiming this is some sort of a masterpiece and the second comming of hard rock - not even close. Maybe it will grow on me in the future, and there are definitely some very good tunes on it and overall it is a solid product IMO, just not really what it could be. But then again in 2010, this is about as good as it gets for this genre.

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Agreed - I've really tried with JB - a friend of mine raves about him and, whilst he's obviously a great player I'm yet to hear a truly stand out song on any of his albums. Live, I'm told, he really does the business on old blues standards but - a bit like the late great Jeff Healey - he probably realizes there's not much commercial value in that market.

I saw him on TV recently doing a fairly run of the mill song which was fairly forgetable and his solo went on for an age - not really going anywhere (he slipped a bit of Dazed & Confused in for good measure) but I got the feeling of well, yeah, he can play guitar but show me something passionate and interesting or different.

I just can't understand Glenn's need to shriek & wail all the time - a line will start full of feeling and soul then shoot off at a tangent, squealing.

Bonham provides some good work with a great sound but really disappointed with Derek Sherinian he seems to have been added as an afterthought.

If this is as good as it gets, then it's a wasted opportunity.

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(I also posted this in the Glenn Hughes' section, as there seemed to be more traffic there, but here goesemoticon

After about 5 listens, I'm really digging the album (of course, some of this could be "New Album Syndrome" and , like most of Hughes' work, a few months from now, it's likely that I'll just listen to maybe half of the album, if that).

My favorite tunes at this time are:

Black Country (great opener. the only thing holding it back slightly is Hughes' trying too hard with the vocals. But, I love the bass groove throughout)

Sista Jane (straight ahead hard rock, in the vein of an 80's AC/DC tune. Not too in depth, but real catchy and fun to these ears)

No Time (another bass heavy tune, sounds a lot like a Hughes' solo outtake. Good stuff)

One Last Soul (perhaps just because I've heard it more than the rest of the album, so it's ingrained in me. My girlfriend, who's a big fan of Hughes' funkier works took to this one right away. Very catchy)

A notch lower, but still pretty good are The Great Divide, Beggerman and Medusa (though I can definitely see this one being a "grower").

Song of Yesterday (where Bonamassa and Shirley help with the vox) is a potential grower as well.

Not a big fan of The Revolution in Me (Bonamassa on vox), but at about the 2:50 mark, it picks up, sounding almost Rush like (which is a good thing) to me.

Down Again is pretty weak, IMO ... though there is a touch of a Hammond sound that I like.


Too Late For the Sun has promise, but as Happy Hammond mentioned, it plods on for what seems like forever (think Genesis' Abacab) at a certain point.

Overall, I'd give the album a 7 out of 10 right now.

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I really like the album. Joe Bonamassa sounds a lot like Eric Johnson a couple of times on this one.

One minus point is that Sherinian is way too low in the mix, I would have wanted to hear more of his playing. Otherwise it's a mighty fine album full of classic rock with a modern touch.
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Meh. Did not like it. Joe Bonamassa is another boring same old player. Him trying to "hint" a Blackers influence? Laughable. Whats the deal with his picking technic?
The only thing good about this album is Glenn´s voice, as he always great these days. One of the best singers out there, but singing a awful material.

One last soul is nice.
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