BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION — Black Country

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4.37 | 21 ratings | 2 reviews
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Album · 2010

Tracklist

1. Black Country (3:15)
2. One Last Soul (3:52)
3. The Great Divide (4:45)
4. Down Again (5:46)
5. Beggarman (4:52)
6. Song of Yesterday (8:33)
7. No Time (4:19)
8. Medusa (6:57)
9. The Revolution in Me (4:59)
10. Stand (At the Burning Tree) (7:02)
11. Sista Jane (6:55)
12. Too Late for the Sun (11:21)

Total Time: 72:35

Line-up/Musicians

- Glenn Hughes / Lead Vocals (all except #6 & #9), Bass, Backing Vocals
- Joe Bonamassa / Guitars, Backing Vocals, Lead Vocals (on #6, #9, #11, #12)
- Jason Bonham / Drums, Percussion
- Derek Sherinian / Keyboards

with

- Jeff Bova / Orchestration
- Patrick D'Arcy / Uilleann pipes, Tin whistle

About this release

Released by Mascot (UK)/J & R Adventures (US)

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poslednijat_colobar
Staggering classic/hard/blues rock experience into the 10s.

When I heard about the creation of this band, I have been very enthusiastic about that. All these musicians (Glenn Hughes, Joe Bonamassa, Jason Bonham and Derek Sherinian) are established leading players in contemporary rock music and now we have the chance to hear what they to say as a supergroup.

...and the result is astonishing blues/hard rock album, constructed in all the rules of the 70s hard rock music without any noticeable defects and flaws recommended for all rock fans...

As usual, I won't review this debut album called Black Country song by song. It's a homogeneous piece of art and carries an united spirit of expressivness. The songwriting is a masterclass with genuine and unostentatious ideas, built in highly mature conception. The musicianship is just a perfect enjoyment. "The voice of rock" as we all know Glenn Hughes is again and again in his well-known faultless form of playing bass and singing. His genius and capability of remodeling his voice helps him to sing in 4-5 different manners of timbre. To Joe Bonamassa's account could be recorded his sateen voice (in four songs) and technical guitar solos , alternated with low-tunes keyboard solos of Derek Sherinian. Jason Bonham plays in highly intensive and dynamic way, which tempted lots.

Black Country is another evidence, that most of the magnificent musicians need to play with other magnificent musicians in a band in order to fulfill thier own potential. As we saw most of all solo albums with session musicians are just a padding in comparison with albums like Black Country.

The last thing I shall notice is the similarity of the band with other hard rock bands. It's like facilitation of the listeners. The most similar band to Black Country Communion indisputably for me is Led Zeppelin. Afterthat it comes Deep Purple. So attention for the fanbase of both fore-mentioned bands!
Kingcrimsonprog
Black Country Communion is a supergroup who play classic rock music which features Glen Hughes, Jason Bonham, Joe Bonamassa and Derek Sherinian all of whom are gifted musicians and have been involved with high quality, respectable music separately and work really well together within the group.

Their self-titled debut album was released in 2010 and is far from a flimsy and insubstantial collaboration between friends, but is an extremely well put together, lengthy and memorable album that both stands up musically on its own merits and flows well from beginning to end.

In addition to featuring a strong line-up and being in a genre which I enjoy, I think the production job on the record is superb, and everything sounds really great, especially Jason Bonham’s toms.

I had gotten into the band on the release of their second album and a lot of the reviews at the time stated how much better it was to their debut, naturally I assumed the debut would be a little poor but luckily this assumption turned out to be completely wrong.

While still feeling cohesive and complete, the album is far from repetitive and covers a variety of musical ground. Vocals for example, are primarily handled by the very talented Glen Hughes who adds some soul influences to the rock formula but then Joe Bonamassa also sings on four of the songs bringing more of his blues based style into the overall sound.

Tracks such as the Title Track, ‘Beggarman’ and ‘Sista Jane’ are straight up hard and heavy rock numbers, ‘Down Again’ mixes in a little of the Funk feelings of Hughes era Deep Purple and both ’Too Late For The Sun’ and ‘Medusa’ are longer and slower tracks with more keys and atmosphere.

Overall, Black Country Communion are a great band and this debut album is a strong effort that is well produced, musically interesting and stylistically excellent.

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