|Glenn Hughes Soul Mover||Frontiers Records|
Glenn Hughes can sign it all – blues, funk, pop, metal, AOR…you name it. He ain't dubbed the voice of rock for nothing! And over his vast and distinguished career he has recorded it all at one stage or another. His career has had more stages than Broadway, and once again, in the lead up to this release we are faced with fresh claims from Glenn that this is his new 'stage' – "this, to me, is the start of the next phase of my career," states the man himself…again.|
These u-turns might be hard for all to follow. No one can expect Glenn to stick to a particular path for any length of time. Dedicated Hughes fans however, are very patient and simply accept the musical rainbow Glenn is content upon delivering.
One look through his solo catalogue showcases a very diverse path and Soul Mover is another u-turn from the straight ahead classic rock that has dominated recent releases such as the last solo album Songs In The Key Of Rock and the Hughes Turner releases.
Despite claims this album would be something pretty different, I find it simply to be just more of the same Glenn Hughes fans know and love.
There is nothing here that hasn't been done before – but possibly this style hasn't been done quite so well before as it has been here.
Soul Mover is another great Hughes album – one that features a heavy does of blues, funk and soul. This is simply Glenn Hughes doing what he does best – with some quality songwriting along for the ride.
Soul Mover is part Feel, part The Way It Is and part Building The Machine. And it's part Red Hot Chilli Peppers, thanks to a major contribution from Peppers drummer Chad Smith.
Joining Hughes and Smith on this mission is long time associates JJ March and Ed Roth, plus guest Dave Navarro on a couple of tracks.
The musical journey of Soul Mover will best be appreciated by long time Hughes fans – those that appreciate his whim for experimentation. The album offers some hard rock attitude with a heavy dose of funk, such as the groovy opening track Soul Mover and the distorted hard funk of High Road and the psychedelic Orion.
Change Yourself and Let It Go both offer something different, with an updated style and sound that mixes retro with contemporary.
There's also the true 70's funky pop of Dark Star and a little straight ahead rock on Isolation and Little Miss Insane.
There is possibly nothing finer on the album than the Santana inspired rhythm of She Moves Ghostly, which features a wonderfully soulful vocal, and some inspired percussion only someone of Chad Smith's caliber and background could offer.
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