If you look at the history of rock 'n' roll, there have been a bunch of artists that just have 'it', that certain something that catapults them to 'rock star' or 'icon' status and keeps them there throughout their career. Sadly, it's a quality that we don't see happening all too often in more recent times, but many top stars of the '60s, '70's, and '80s (providing they are still alive to continue their legacy) have solidified their status as true 'rock gods' over the years and into the present day, and none more so than the 'voice of rock' Glenn Hughes. With a career that's seen him record and perform with the likes of Trapeze, Deep Purple, Black Sabbath, Pat Thrall, Gary Moore, Joe Lynn Turner, John Norum, Black Country Communion, Voodoo Hill, and many more, Hughes has long been one of the most respected vocalists & bassists in rock, and he's still out there impressing the world as if he was a man half his age and not someone in his mid 60s. For his first solo album in a number of years, Resonate (Frontiers Records), Hughes has enlisted the help of Søren Andersen (Guitars), Pontus Enborg (Drums & Percussion), Lachy Doley (Keyboards), plus old friend Chad Smith (drums on two tracks), resulting in possibly his strongest solo effort ever.
Always one to combine heavy, bluesy hard rock with a touch of funk, Hughes doesn't disappoint here on Resonate, though he has upped the ante a bit on the 'heavy' factor, delivering 11 songs that rock quite hard, filled with irresistible grooves, booming guitar & bass riffs, and the singers still outstanding vocals. His soulful pipes are in fine form on the catchy rocker ""Let it Shine", while the Hammond organ driven "Steady" recalls his glorious days with Deep Purple, complete with kick ass guitar work and a memorable chorus. I mentioned above that this album is one of his heaviest ever, and to experience that you only need to investigate "Heavy", "My Town", "Flow", "How Long", and "God of Money", each one stocked with strong Hughes vocals soaring over heavy Andersen riffs and Doley's massive Hammond organ swells. The band dives into alluring funk on the engaging "Landmines", bluesy ballad territory on "When I Fall", classic rock & prog on "Stumble and Go" (featuring some cool Mellotron), and the 'do it all from hard rock, to prog, to blues, to pop, folk, and funk' of the energetic closer "Long Time Gone", another testament to Hughes and his excellent songwriting skills.
There are just so many flavors here on Resonate, so many great musical passages, and of course, outstanding vocal performances, that it's not hard to call this one of Glenn Hughes' most important and satisfying solo releases, and though he's got a host of them already under his belt over the years, there's something about this one that instantly sets it apart from the others. As of this writing, Hughes has declared that his solo career will take top priority, so expect plenty of touring to support this barnburner, but he and Joe Bonamassa are once again writing material for an announced Black Country Communion reunion CD for 2017, so it looks to be a banner year for the Voice of Rock that we can all look forward to.
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04.Let It Shine
06.God Of Money
08.When I Fall
10.Stumble And Go
11.Long Time Gone