Title: BCCIVLabel: Mascot Records
it comes to all-star line-ups they don’t come any bigger
than Black Country Communion, take virtuoso guitar legend
Joe Bonamassa, the skins skills of Jason Bonham, the
keyboards of Derek Sherman. Never mind what has gone
before, because BCC are back and back with a bang.
This fourth opus shows what happens when you put such
legends together and the produce pure rock n' roll
alchemy. The band's heavy groove filled rock n' roll
is what made us sit up and take notice with the debut and
album number four continues in a similar vein.
the opener ‘Collide’, that heavy groove comes thick and
fast. It's hard to pick fault with this so I wont even
bother, as the big hitting groove monster continues with
excellent ‘Over My Head’, before a switch in style with
the simply stunning classic rock fuelled ‘The Last Song
For My Resting Place’. This is the only song the
Bonamassa wrote the lyrics for. This song has a touch
of Folkish Rock interwoven with a classic 70’s rock feel
to it and is based on the story of Wallace Hartley, the
violinist and band leader on the titanic, who became
famous for leading the eight member band as the ship sank on
15 April 1912. This may seem out place if you heard it
on it's own, but put into the context of the album as a
whole, it just fits really well.
back to the heavy grooved rock with ‘The Sway’, before
the darker edged feel of ‘The Cove’, which comes as
surprise when you find out the song is about Hughes love of
Dolphin’s, although it's about how they are slaughtered on
what has become known as the Killing Cove (check
out The Cove a 2009 documentary film directed by Louie Psihoyos which analyses and questions dolphin hunting practices in Japan).
tempo and mood are picked up dramatically with 'The Crow', a
real groove monster that definitely takes us back to the
band debut album, and this heavy groove is continued on into
is more of that 70’s classic rock feel with ‘Love
Remains’. A song written by Hughes that celebrates
to lives of his late Mother and Father.
It’s all systems go with the funky ‘Awake’, before the tempo is brought down with stunning album closer ‘When The Morning Comes’. A real classy end to another classy BCC album. Well worth checking out.
Review by: Barry McMinn
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