SEE BELOW TO ADD YOUR OWN REVIEW!
GLENN HUGHES
BUILDING THE MACHINE

SPV 085-72372 CD
Produced by: Glenn Hughes & Michael Scott

Released: OUT / Website
Closest Relative: Himself
GENRE: Hard Rock
OVERALL: 90%

  1. Can't Stop The Flood
  2. Inside
  3. Out On Me
  4. I Just Want To
  5. Celebrate
  6. Don't Let It Slip Away
  7. Feel Like Home
  8. Highball Shooter
  9. When You Fall
  10. I Will Follow You
  11. Beyond The Numb
  12. Big Sky

Glenn Hughes continues his post-drug addition solo career with his new album Building The Machine.
It's been 10 years now since Glenn returned to steady recording, with a swag of albums under his belt. The legendary singer isn't afraid to vary his style, but in recent times has seen him settle into a consistent blues/funk/rock pattern. His last album off the rank was Return Of Crystal Karma, an album that I think disappointed some fans and was one of his weaker efforts generally, but especially in terms of song writing.
I am more than happy to report that Building The Machine is not only miles stronger in every department than that of it's predecessor, but I feel it is also even stronger than the acclaimed The Way It Is.
Building The Machine skips over ROCK and is closer in style to The Way It Is, but also adds some of the aggressiveness and modern production textures of Glenn's heaviest album to date - Addiction.
Opening the album, Can't Stop The Flood is a big groove filled hard rocker, with the guitar tuned way down and the funk turned way up. Glenn has seldom sounded better, especially with the trademark yelp come chorus time.
Inside kicks off the same way, with a really heavy guitar sound, but mid song is more dominated by a thick organ and the total command of Glenn's vocals - sounding as authorative as they ever have. The song has a serious 70's retro vibe to it and closes out with Glenn sounding sensational, providing both harmony and lead vocals.
The style changes with track three. Out On Me is a seriously funky track, featuring a higher pitched Hughes vocal. To me, the song is a classic 70's funk rock track that would sound equally at home on a Prince album. Love it - Glenn is having a ball on this track, with his high pitched yelps and screams prominent throughout. It's catchy as hell - in a Glenn Hughes way! Non-converts might struggle a bit still!
More retro rock follows, this time with a cover of the song I Just Want To Celebrate. Featured on this song is guitarist Pat Travers, who with Glenn, is part of the Voices Of Classic Rock. This version is heavy, funky and features a different tone to that of over parts of the record, yet fits in effortlessly.
Don't Let It Slip Away is another seriously funky hard rocker. This track has a ton of attitude and Glenn is again in total control - both on lead and self supplied harmony vocals. The guitar driven verse gives way to a soft, jazzy little chorus, before the riff once again break through and carry the song onwards.
It's probably a good point in proceedings to ease up a little and Feel Like Home does just that. But only for a moment. The first 2 minutes of the song is totally acoustic, with a soft vocal gliding you through. Then the song begins to build, with other instruments slowly introduced and the tempo raised. The song ends up rocking along at a fair pace to the finish.
Now it is time for Glenn's obligatory Deep Purple cover. Highball Shooter is that tune and sees a faithful rendition of the song featured, complete with a Coverdale like vocal and Glenn in his straight-up hard rocking best form.
When You Fall returns to the heavy guitar driven style of the opening two tracks. The song is slower in pace though, allowing the heavy tones of the song to be more prevalent. Another track that features a big fat organ sound also.
It is at this point the album changes direction, finishing up with a slower more reflective series of songs.
Starting with I Will Follow You. This track sees the pace and tone lighten up again. This softly-does-it pop rocker is a good circuit breaker for the otherwise fairly lethal onslaught of funk rock, although, Glenn can't help but toughen up more so towards the end.
Beyond The Numb sees Glenn in his soft, soulful best, with a soft jazzy/pop track that leads right into another mainly acoustic soulful ballad Big Sky.
There are some brilliant vocal performances in the song, but three soft soulful numbers in a row sees the pacing of the album end on a slightly soft note, especially after heavy funk of the rest of the album. Minor point - still great songs!
BOTTOM LINE: An album for Glenn's fans, no doubt. While some may prefer his harder rock sound, or his occasionally AOR feel, his die hard fans know this is the true Glenn Hughes.
This is hard-edged, true blues based, funk tinged rock n roll. Glenn doesn't make simple album's and this is another example of that, but listen and the rewards will be there. A solid album.
PRODUCTION: % SONGS: % VIBE: %ATTITUDE: %
ESSENTIAL FOR:
DISCOGRAPHY:Play Me Out . Four On The Floor . Hughes/Thrall . Blues . From Now On . Feel . Addiction . The Way It Is . Incense And Peaches . R.O.C.K . Building The Machine


18/01/05: David West - dav@thebackroomagency.com
Rating: 75
If you took the best songs from this (I will Follow, Feels Like Home, Don't Let it slip, Beyond the Numb, Big Sky) and mixed it with the best of R.O.C.K you might have an album as powerful in total as The Way It IS.

Love Glenn, but 1/2 albums aren't as good. Take more time Glenn and give us your "Dark Side of the MOON!

09/12/01: John - coolbass@optonline.net
Rating: 95
I have been a Glenn Hughes fan since 1980. and keeping in mind that each release has a different feel, I think this is another monster CD. After several listen's I got further addicted. The reason we never see a complete classic monster CD is because GH is always changing(you can't compare one to another). That is cool and why I always look forward to the newest GH release. Keep it comin GH. (catch a live show...the guy has a deep soul). AWSOME !!!

22/11/01: Martin Arvidsen (DK) - arvid@ruc.dk
Rating: 85
Well done Glenn! Check out the reviews page at - www.rockheads.dk

22/10/01: Steve Bussey - mireillesteve@mgodefroy.freeserve.co.uk
Rating: 80
By Glenn's high standards, this album is at the very least a cut above average, but as Noddy says, not the classic we've all been waiting for. All true Glenn fans will love it, but I think Glenn's really gearing up for Hughes/Thrall II - surely one of the most anticipated melodic releases of all time.

16/10/01: Noddy - jonferg@nortelnetworks.com
Rating: 83
Another good, solid release from "The Voice", but I'm afraid it still isn't the mega-classic that we have all been waiting for. When you look back over the years at Glenn's finest work, it has come from his partnerships with great guitarist/songwriters, namely Blackmore (Stormbringer), Bolin (Come taste the band), Thrall (Hughes & Thrall) and Iommi (7th Star). As good as his current band is, until Mr. Hughes hooks up with the likes of John Sykes or Zakk Wylde (apologies to Dario Mollo), he is not going to reach his true potential. However, I am looking forward to his forthcoming album with Joe Lynn Turner - JOLT's ear for a good melody mixed with Glenn's sublime vocal chords? - fingers crossed.
"Building the Machine" picks up very much where R.O.C.K left off, and the obligatory Deep Purple cover - not an obvious one this time, works very well and the fact it is probably the finest track on the album serves to reinforce my earlier points.
Opener, "Can't stop the flood" is a good song, but for me the tracks which see this release nudge ahead of it's predecessor are the slower numbers. The acoustic intro of "Feels like home" builds to a dramatic climax and will be a song you will want to hear over and over. The smouldering atmospheric couplet of "I will follow you" and "Beyond the numb" bring the album to a highly satisfying conclusion after the raft of "soul/funk by numbers" tracks which fill first half of the disc.
All in all, a worthy release. Roll on Hughes/Thrall II!!!

16/10/01: sean - spatrick@advparadigm.com
Rating: 99
I like Buidling the Machine. Is it Glenn's best? Time will tell, but I think it is definately in the top tier.
After listening to this album 10 times in a row, I find so many elements. I envision this album to be what Deep Purple would have evolved into after "Come Taste The Band." I hear so much of the style of both "Stormbringer" and "Come Taste The Band" albums, as well as some Trapeze.
I think this album has the formula...a fine mix of rock, funk, and even some blues elements.
Is this album for everbody? Probably not. If you like the "hard rocking" Glenn, then this will satisfy you about 40%. If you like the "funkmeister" Glenn, then this will satisfy you about 60%. If you like both aspects, this album will put you in heaven!


ADD YOUR OWN REVIEW! (Ratings out of 100 please)

Name:

E-mail:

Rating:

Comment: