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Hughes, Glenn: First Underground Nuclear Kitchen

I know, I know I must be among only 10 or so people in the world who doesn't look upon Glenn Hughes as some kind of rock god, the so-called "Voice of Rock." But, as a non-fan listening to First Underground Nuclear Kitchen or FUNK, as the irritating voice-overs on my promo copy call it I finally found myself understanding what has drawn rock fans to this guy since his early days in Trapeze and Deep Purple.

FUNK, as the acronym implies, is a groovy slab of passionately performed rock and soul, filled with timeless arrangements and melodies that could have been on the radio in the Seventies or yesterday. At age 55, Hughes can gracefully channel both Steven Tyler ("Crave") and Stevie Wonder ("Where There's A Will) without sounding like it hurts. "Love Communion" boasts Def Leppard-style guitars, horns and a jazzy interlude, while seductive ballads like "Satellite" and "Imperfection" prove Hughes doesn't have to be overbearing to be effective. And even the aspects of the man's voice that irritated me so much in the past such as his tendency to stretch out his nasally delivery to sound ever so much funkier only enhance this record.

I admit it: I'm impressed.

Track Listing:
1) Crave
2) First Underground Nuclear Kitchen
3) Satellite
4) Love Communion
5) We Shall Be Free
6) Imperfection
7) Never Say Never
8) We Go To War
9) Oil and Water
10) Too Late to Save the World
11) Where There's A Will

Added: September 26th 2008
Reviewer: Michael Popke
Related Link: Blistering Records
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Language: english

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Hughes, Glenn: First Underground Nuclear Kitchen
Posted by Pete Pardo, SoT Staff Writer on 2008-09-26 09:50:40
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Though he's fronted & played bass for powerhouse outfits like Trapeze, Deep Purple, Black Sabbath, and Hughes-Thrall, Glenn Hughes has been much more active over the years as a solo artist. His latest foray into funk-rock is First Underground Nuclear Kitchen, another solid collection of songs that highlight his ever expanding vocal range and ability to write catchy songs that touch on many styles.

Available here in the US through Blistering Records USA (and including a bonus CD ROM track), First Underground Nuclear Kitchen can now be enjoyed by rock fans in America, a market that Hughes surely wants to tap into. And why not? After all, this CD contains plenty of material that would appeal to folks here in the US, like the smooth poppy soul of "Love Communion", complete with horns and tasty guitar licks under Glenn's crooning, or the upbeat hard rock & funk of tracks like "Crave", "We Shall Be Free", and the stompin' title cut. Along for the ride once again is drummer Chad Smith, the Red Hot Chili Peppers skinsman who adds his trademark touch to these steady songs, obviously forging a strong musical partnership with Hughes over the last few years. As for the 'voice of rock' himself, he's never sounded better, and his sinewy, melodic bass grooves are all over this CD. Whether Hughes is laying down some husky mid-range vocals or screaming to the heavens, it's pure bliss to listen to.

So, what are you waiting for? Get your FUNK on with Glenn Hughes & Co. on this highly enjoyable release.

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Hughes, Glenn: First Underground Nuclear Kitchen
Posted by Karl Jones on 2008-06-03 13:58:36
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As an admirer of the huge musical talent of Glenn Hughes, I couldnt wait to hear this latest release. To my ears it sounds a lot more consistent than "Music for the Divine" or "Soul mover". I've listened to GH since Trapeze and incredibly he sings better now than he ever did, and has some superb musicians to work with. From smooth soulful vocals to intense heavy rock, this album has it all. I particularly like the horn sections which are implemented perfectly and not overused.
Favourite tracks are Satellite, We shall be free, Imperfection and Never say never, but as I've said, the album fits together really well ,and all the tracks compliment each other better than previous works.

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