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Long live BCC!,
This review is from: Black Country Communion 2 (Audio CD)
`2' continues to prove Hughes' legendary hard rock and soulful flair is a surprisingly good foil for Bonamassa's more bluesy approach. This time though the chemistry extends to the whole band, with Bonham in particular playing an absolute blinder, really driving and shaping the songs (Kevin Shirley's production does him good justice). On the last outing, Bonamassa's playing had more than a few nods to Clapton but this time around the influence is more Jimmy Page, Jeff Beck and Peter Green - but still unequivocally JB. A bonus is that we hear a bit more input from Derek Sherinian while Hughes is, quite simply, on fire; untouchable even: a bit less shouty and a bit more soul this time. Just listen to `Little Secret' and `Cold' - the feeling and skill involved in singing this stuff is mind-blowing. Of course, with nigh on sixty years of living his resource to emote should outstrip younger singers, but whereas most people his age (or younger - I'm thinking Chris Cornell) lose it somewhat, Hughes still has the pipes to back it up. I don't think there's a duff song on here and I've listened to it at least a dozen times already. Lyrically, `Smokestack Woman' is a bit of a let-down (think cheese of David Coverdale proportions) but thankfully the music is good enough to pull it through. Again, Bonamassa is principle songwriter on a few tunes and these are not filler - they stand out in fact, particularly `Ordinary Son' for its uplifting dynamics and chorus. Some people will argue this album revels in clichés and has no place today; I completely disagree - it's entirely relevant today! No frills, big thrills, balls-out rock played with grit and conviction is largely missing these days. Granted, it's not ground-breaking but who says only ground-breaking music is good and traditional forms aren't? A lot of ground-breaking music today is utter gash. This though, is not. Long live BCC!