Music For The Divine
Frontiers Records/Zink Music
The legendary multi-talented singer/bass player Glenn Hughes is back with a new solo album, and he’s been very busy since the release of his last solo disc. He’s very creative to say the least and has appeared on many projects and different bands’ albums. Later stuff he’s done includes the album FUSED with Tony Iommi, as well as work with Tom Galley on his Phenomena project. The solo album Mr. Hughes is about to follow up is SOUL MOVER from 2005 that you can read more about in the metal-rules.com database.
Glenn “The Voice of Rock” Hughes continues to collaborate with Red Hot Chili Pepper’s drummer Chad Smith who was also featured on Hughes’ last album. This time he’s also backed up by another RHCP member: John Frusciante on guitar. On MUSIC FOR THE DIVINE Hughes followed the same road he walked down in his previous solo efforts. This new album includes again Hughes’ characteristic mix of funk/soul mixed with 70’s retro hard rock/rock. He hasn’t made any changes to the formula except for adding some strings, and MUSIC FOR THE DIVINE feels like a logical follow-up.
Something that always bothered me when it comes to this man is his sometimes too “screamish” voice. Today he still has his amazing voice intact, and that deserves a bow. His voice works best when he takes on the lower and medium ranges, which luckily he does here. And let’s face it: it’s quite hard for a man in his early 60’s to look cool and play bass at the same time, but it is something Hughes definitely pulls of. Unfortunately, The Voice of Rock doesn’t impress on MUSIC FOR THE DIVINE; he delivers a pretty standard album which feels too safe for a guy of his caliber. Another thing that speaks against the album is it’s length. One hour is too long for my sensitive heavy metal ears, and in that one hour he does 4 ballads – way too many for an album of 11 tracks.
A thing that does speak for the disc is the production by Chad Smith and Glenn Hughes in Chad Smith’s home studio in Hollywood Hills. Of course the biggest part of the production is dedicated to Hughes’ voice and the guitar playing, but Smith’s funky and technical drum playing is also paid notice.
Sure, this album has its moments, but they aren’t enough to merit a higher rating. For me, overall, MUSIC FOR THE DIVINE feels too safe and standard and I know The Voice of Rock can do much better than this. Favorite tracks at the end of the day are “The Valiant Denial”, “Monkey Man”, “This House”, “Black Light”, and “Too High”.
Glenn Hughes – lead vocals, bass, guitar
Chad Smith – drums piano
JJ Marsh – lead guitar
John Frusciante – guitar
Mark Kilian – string arrangements, keyboards
More info about the band
The Valiant Denial
You get Soul
Nights In White Satin (bouns track)
This Is How I Feel