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GLENN HUGHES ‘Songs In The Key Of Rock’
Frontiers FRCD148(2003)

The Voice of Rock is back! Glenn Hughes has a problem as I am sure he loves the funk/soul style songs more whereas most of his fans want to hear him rock out. Hence, some of his solo albums fall between the two camps and end up pleasing no one! But this album sees the rock back but cleverly woven into many songs are a funk/soul vibe. Joining Glenn on the album are long time drummer Gary Ferguson (ex-Gary Moore/Hughes & Thrall), guitarists JJ Marsh and Jeff Kollman (Sign of 4/Cosmosquad), who co-produces the album with Glenn and Ed Roth on keys.

‘In My Blood’ gets things underway with a swirl of Hammond organ and its off into a rocker, with Hughes trademark wails firmly in place. Not unlike something of last year’s excellent Sign of 4 album, which Jeff Kollman appeared on. Bit of a groove thing on ‘Lost In The Zone’ before some more all out rock on ‘Gasoline’, with more screams from Glenn! The ballad ‘Higher Places’ is a n undoubted highlight, featuring great guitar soloing - almost Brian may style at times. More mellower moments on ‘Written All Over Your Face’, complete with gospel style backing vocals. Even a couple of uptempo melodic rockers in ‘The Truth’ and ‘Courageous’.Tasty piece of funk rock in the shape of ‘Get You Stoned’, where Hughes’ bass melds nicely with the drumming of Gary Ferguson.

Worth a place in your CD collection, with Hughes’ voice still one of the best in the world of rock ‘n’ roll. A very upbeat, well-rounded and enjoyable album. Special mention to the excellent guitar work of JJ Marsh and Jeff Kollman. This album will definitely please his many fans out there.


Review by Jason Ritchie

***** Out of this world | **** Pretty damn fine |
*** OK, approach with caution unless you are a fan |
** Instant bargain bin fodder | * Ugly. Just ugly

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