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Hughes, Glenn: Soul Mover

Glenn Hughes, best known for being the lead singer and bass player for 70s era Deep Purple, has released a new solo CD. Soul Mover finds Hughes playing with Red-Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith and guitarist JJ Marsh. It is roots rock-n-roll, very much in the vein of Deep Purple.

"Soul Mover" and "High Road", among others, have that late 70s, early 80s, head banging sound that you would expect for someone like Hughes. His vocals and bass playing are both still spectacular. Songs like "Land Of The Livin" and "She Moves Ghostly" have a modern feel and you can hear the Chili Peppers influence on the songwriting. The highlights on this CD are the funky "Orion" and the half-ballad "Let It Go". These two songs show that Hughes is a great songwriter as well as musician.

Glenn Hughes doesn't blaze any new paths on Soul Mover, but roots rock is supposed to be ground in the past. This is a fine, solid release by one of rock's best vocalists. Highly recommended for those of you, like me, that never really grew tired of good ol' rock-n-roll.

Track Listing
1) Soul Mover (4:36)
2) She Moves Ghostly (5:22)
3) High Road (5:01)
4) Orion (4:22)
5) Change Yourself (4:33)
6) Let It Go (7:08)
7) Dark Star (3:54)
8) Land Of The Living (4:43)
9) Isolation (5:01)
10) Miss Little Insane (4:24)
11) Last Mistake (5;12)
12) Don't Let Me Bleed (7:38)

Added: April 18th 2005
Reviewer: Steve Ambrosius
Score:
Related Link: Frontier Records (Italy)
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Language: english

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Hughes, Glenn: Soul Mover
Posted by Pete Pardo, SoT Staff Writer on 2005-04-19 07:49:19
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Back again, with Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith in tow, is legendary bassist/vocalist Glenn hughes, with perhaps his most varied and enjoyable album in years. Soul Mover is chock full of searing funk, classic 70's styled hard rock, a few moving ballads, and even some chunky metal. It could be due to his friendship with Smith, but Hughes hasn't sounded this charged up in years, as these songs seem to breathe with a new found energy and vitality that has been missing from Glenn's last few solo albums.

The CD opens up with the kick ass title track, a heavy romp with tons of groove, not to mention a wild guitar solo from Dave Navarro. Hughes is in fine form vocally on this one, as he is on the melodic "She Moves Ghostly", a neat hard rock number featuring manic drum work from Smith, shimmering guitar chords from JJ Marsh, and Glenn's mix of smooth vocals and screams. Other highlights include the Led Zeppelin influenced stomp of "Orion", the passionate "Change Yourself", and the deep funk of "Dark Star", which would fit in perfectly on any of Prince's more rocking albums, and is highlighted by Marsh's wicked wah-wah licks and Glenn's popping bass lines. However, it's the creepy yet powerful "Let It Go" that gets my nod for strongest track on this one. This tune combines eerie electric piano effects courtesy of Ed Roth (much like John Paul Jones used during Led Zeppelin's "No Quarter" on the Song Remains the Same album) with Trapeze -like guitar thunder from JJ Marsh, as the band comes as close to doom metal as they possibly could. Hughes shows his soulful side during the atmospheric passages, but then screams to the heavens during the massive guitar dirges, with Smith pounding away furiously on the drums. Just a great track.

Glenn Hughes has created an album here that has something for everyone, but if you dig good old fashioned hard rock, played with style and attitude, Soul Mover will certainly bring a smile to your face.



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