Black Country Communion
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.