New Music Friday: Black Country Communion
Each Friday, we find something new for you. Whether it’s a new release by a classic artist, or a newer band who’ve adopted a sound you’re used to hearing on Capital 95.9.
This week, it's the long awaited fourth album from Black Country Communion. Last month, the super group teased the album with superb single "Collide." That song is a strong leader on an otherwise average album. With a pedigree of Joe Bonamassa, Glenn Hughes, Jason Bonham steering the ship, each of their albums have hinted at excellence, but are never fully realized. Kevin Shirley's production is partially to blame, as it takes what should be girtty, blues based rock, and sends it through the automatic car wash before it heads to your speakers.
If you're looking for the record Robert Plant and Jimmy Page didn't make a few years ago, this isn't it. However, Page inspired riffs are all over BBCIV. The influences don't end there, as the ending of "The Crow" is straight outta Rage Against The Machine's "Bulls On Parade."
This isn't to say BBCIV is a throwaway, or waste of time. It's 2017, and the number of seasoned rockers delivering a solid record are getting fewer and far between. Hughes, at 66, is still a freak of nature with vocals that run circles those 40 years his junior. Joe Bonamassa's playing is also on point, but BCC just doesn't gel the way it should. Like a movie with an all star cast that's simply...okay. Was it the script? The chemistry between stars? The director? Who knows, but they happen. Music from these four (Derek Sherinian rounds out the lineup) shouldn't feel so forced.
Score: 4.5 out of 10
Key Tracks: "Collide," "Awake," When The Morning Comes"