Monday, 2 October 2017

Album Review: BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION - BCCIV

Black Country Communion - BCCIV

01. Collide
02. Over My Head
03. The Last Song For My Resting Place
04. Sway
05. The Cove
06. The Crow
07. Wanderlust
08. Love Remains
09. Awake
10. When the Morning Comes


The Classic Rock super-group featuring Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple/Black Sabbath) on vocals & bass, Joe Bonamassa on guitar, Jason Bonham on drums, and Derek Sherinian (Dream Theater) on keyboards, has returned after breaking up a few years ago in a sea of confusing drama, just after their third album came out in 2013.

The legendary Glenn Hughes is very prolific these days, and it's less than a year ago that his absurdly good solo album, Resonate, came out. Glenn's voice is one of the finest in the world. Unlike many of his peers, time hasn't been unkind to his voice, and he sounds as mind blowingly good as ever. However, one of my favourite songs on BCCIV is The Last Song For My Resting Place, which is the only one where Joe Bonamassa takes the lead vocal. It has an epic Led Zeppelin vibe, and also reminds me a lot of the underrated Coverdale/Page album from 1993.

The entire BCCIV album was written by Glenn and Joe, and their writing partnership is pure Classic Rock gold. Joe is a master of The Blues as well as Hard Rock, and when their talents are combined, you get something that is simply magical.

If you enjoyed Black Country Communion before, I'm sure you'll absolutely love BCCIV. It sounds more focussed than the third album, Afterglow, and I think the artists working out their differences and playing on each other's strengths has paid dividends. When they're on the same page, they're simply unstoppable. Black Country Communion is the finest example of a modern band playing 70's style Blues based Hard Rock I can think of. It simply doesn't get better than this. Superb!

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