Music Review: Black Country Communion
The first Black Country Communion CD was good. This is better. Following quickly on the heels of their debut, the supergroup (consisting of ex-Deep Purple bassist/vocalist Glenn Hughes , blues guitarist Joe Bonnamassa, drummer Jason Bonham and ex-Dream Theater Derek Sherinan ) proves they’re not a one-off, roaring back with this assured, superior sophomore release. Bonham channels his Led Zeppelin DNA (and his time spent playing with the band his father John co-founded), drumming up a storm on lead-off track “The Outsider” and throughout. Zeppelin seems to be the main inspiration here, and it fits the band like a glove. “The Battle for Hadrian’s Wall” , sung by Bonnamassa, recalls the folky feel of “The Battle of Nevermore”. “Save Me” is driven by a riff worthy of Jimmy Page and orchestration that recalls (but never imitates) “Kashmir”. What else? Bonnamassa continues to show why his star is rising, both as a fast yet fluid guitar soloist and singer. Hughes belts out a storm. Sherinan provides a strong backbone of Hammond organ recalling Jon Lord’s work in Deep Purple. Kevin Shirley continues to give the band excellent production. About the only downside here is the cover art, a limp repeat of the debut. But, packaging aside, as they continue to gel and excel, Black Country Communion prove they’re a real rock band with a future.
Stream tracks from Black Country Communion 2, download a free song and learn more about the band at its official site .