on 25 January 2005
Glenn Hughes made his name predominatly from his 3 years in Deep Purple in the mid 70's where he took the band on more funky path which, depending on your tastes, either pleased or horrified you. From the late seventies to the early 90's Glenn's considerable talents were largely unheard apart from the occasional offering which were, apart from Play Me Out, collaorations or guest appearances (Hughes and Thrall, Tony Iommi, Gary Moore and Phenomena). During this period he battled drug dependency and even the most optimistic fan must have felt that his days as a prolific artist were over. However, in the last 10-12 years Glenn's output has been amazing and it seems as if he's been releasing at least 3 albums a year. I was happy to see him back but for some reason (maybe the fear of diappointment) I was reluctant to buy the new stuff. Anyway I recently read an interview with Glenn and his positive vibe and comments about working with Chad Smith and the funky element he had reignited inspired me to go out and buy Soul Mover on the day of release (yesterday). Even though I've only had one night to listen to it I can safely say this is a really good album, full of energy. It has a modern production but the riffs, grooves and arrangements have a seventies feel. The title track is almost Hendrixy and Glenns voice sounds very, very strong still. The other track that stuck out on the first couple of listens was Orion, but the whole album was consistently good. One last comment, Dave Navarro plays on this album and is featured quite heavily in the inner sleeve / booklet. He actually only plays on two of the tracks, but do not be disappointed, this guy JJ Marsh is a serious player who mixes a classic style with modern techniques but overall keeps it, like Glenn and Chad, very funky. If you've never listened to Glenn before check this out along with 'Play Me Out' (solo)and 'Burn', 'Stormbringer' or 'Come Taste the Band)(all Purple).
on 8 October 2006
Up until recently I had not heard what Glenn Hughes had been up to since his tenure with Deep Purple in the mid seventies. After hearing 'She Moves Ghostly' on the internet, I realised that this was an album that had some great songs on it and Glenn's association with members of the Chilli Peppers obviously meant he was doing something special. As with most albums/CD's everybody has tracks that they prefer to other tracks and this is the case with me here, but the quality of songs are consistent right the way through this CD and Glenn does'nt let up anywhere; his voice sounds great throughout. It starts with the heavy, Hendrixy title track, and then goes on through the more modern sounding, chilling 'She Moves Ghostly'. The best funk influenced songs are 'Change yourself', 'Dark star' and 'Isolation' rocks along with an uplifting chorus line and guitar solo. 'Let it go' is heavier and darker and the CD ends with 'Don't let me bleed' , which also rocks but which is the perfect track for ending the album. Chilli Peppers fans might like this CD but may find it a bit too heavy in places, Hughes fans and others will love it.