Glenn Hughes – “Resonate” (Frontiers Music)
Forever immortalized in Deep Purple’s Mk III & IV line ups, Glenn Hughes is probably the most successful of the 70s rock legends to forge a career in so many projects as well as being a successful solo artist – and still be going at the ripe age of 65 years! Never one to keep still and with this 12th release he proves beyond any doubt that this old rock dog still has plenty of tricks up his sleeve, not to mention bunches of talent. Whilst its widely known that Hughes has a love of black music, his last album had a few people confused in being so soul focused, yet released on a rock label. Well, there’s no misunderstanding this time. “Resonate” is a hard rock album befitting Hughes legacy and what impresses me most is just how heavy it is! Indeed, with Red Hot Chilli Peppers drummer Chad Smith pounding the toms on opener ‘Heavy’, Glenn Hughes has returned with his heaviest album – ever!!! With songs like ‘My Town’ and ‘Flow’ continuing the pace and Hughes’s bass meeting the sound of the pure rock beat with its own deep rumbling, there’s actually some real anger in the grooves from a man I’ve always perceived to be too cool for school – kinda shocking! Whatever the reason for his angst, the rest of the band from Soren Andersen’s powering guitars to Pontus Enborg’s pounding drums only adds to the massive sound here, which certainly resonates! Vocally, Hughes is still in top form too, with his screams on the Purple like ‘How Long’ proving why he shared lead vocal duties with Dave Coverdale all those years ago and is still capable of doing so!! Even on the more quieter rock tracks like ‘Landmines’ he shows his tender capability, bolstered by the hippy harmonies on ‘Stumble & Go’ stylishly contrasted by Andersen’s superb slide guitar work. Closing with the Purple organ funk rock of ‘Long Time Gone’ with Chad Smith once again it’s clear this is an absolute monster of a rock album, written and arranged by Hughes himself that has the weight and moreover, all the confident swagger of a 70s giant forged in rock.