Black Coun­try Com­mu­nion

BCCIV

Mojo (UK) - - News - Mark Blake

MAS­COT. CD/DL Fourth al­bum from pedi­gree hard rock col­lec­tive.

As an oc­ca­sional out­let for blues gui­tar hero Joe Bona­massa, Deep Pur­ple’s former singing bassist Glenn Hughes and heir to the Zep­pelin throne, drum­mer Ja­son Bon­ham, it’s been hard to form a lasting at­tach­ment to Black Coun­try Com­mu­nion. It’s as if ev­ery al­bum might be their last. But four records on, they’re mak­ing their best mu­sic yet. The hokey fid­dles on The Last Song For My Rest­ing Place are the only mis­step on a fine brood­ing semi-bal­lad. Un­like on his solo al­bums, the mighty-lunged Hughes also reins him­self in – just a lit­tle – on Sway and Wan­der­lust. Rather than a summit meet­ing be­tween gifted but oth­er­wise dis­con­nected mu­si­cians, BCCIV sounds like it was cre­ated by a real band. For that alone, you can for­give them pil­fer­ing the riff to Led Zep­pelin’s The Wan­ton Song on Love Re­mains. Here’s hop­ing for a fifth al­bum.

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