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Glenn Hughes Music For The Divine

By Charlie Steffens aka Gnarly Charlie, Writer/Photographer
Sunday, April 22, 2007 @ 2:48 PM


On Demolition Records

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Glenn Hughes has been called “The Voice of Rock” and in his celebrated career, which spans nearly 40 years, the singer and bassist has always followed his own musical vision. This may have not gained him the glory, fortune or fame of a typical rock star, but ask any famous rock musician, young or old, if he or she knows who Glenn Hughes is and they’ll tell you the inevitable “I do.” They’ll then stop talking about themselves and will want to talk about Trapeze or the phase of Deep Purple where both Hughes and David Coverdale sang together, which made Burn and Stormbringer, and Come Taste the Band must-have Purple records. As one of the most sought after session vocalists in hard rock, Hughes’ singing and bass playing can be heard on countless albums from such acts as Black Sabbath, Night Ranger, Whitesnake, George Lynch, and Tony Iommi. Tirelessly touring and making new music where many rockers his age would start sounding tired, Hughes has once again collaborated with Red Hot Chili Peppers’ drummer Chad Smith, and longtime friend and guitarist J.J. Marsh, making Music For The Divine.

This record rolls out the Hughes repertoire of funk rock and soulful metal instrumentals, with occasional, well-placed keyboard and string arrangements. The material on this record, like 2005’s Soul Mover reveals another “from the heart” and organically grown product. It is evident that Hughes did exactly what he wanted making this one, coming from a place of honesty and integrity, without any coercion from the suits at the record label to make a hit. The grandeur and pumping rhythm of the opening song “The Valiant Denial” killed my preconception that Music For The Divine implied that Hughes might have went smooth and mellow. (Flashback: have you heard him on Black Sabbath’s Seventh Star?) Musically it doesn’t run in a linear or predictable fashion and isn’t as heavy overall as Soul Mover, but the Glenn Hughes fan will like its flavors, textures, and authenticity. “Steppin’ On” and “You Got Soul” are Red Hot Chili Peppers flavored jams, peppered by Smith’s drumming and Hughes’ Flea-bitten, plucking, slapping, funkadelic bass groove. “Too High”, the 70’s styled, wah-wah-laced soul moving song addresses the stark reality of substance abuse and ego while the mind-altering effect of Hughes’ music and his not of this earth vocals will have you going back for more.

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