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Released: 2014, Frontiers Records
Reviewer: Celtic Bob
CALIFORNIA BREED is the highly anticipated Self Titled debut from Glenn Hughes and Jason Bonham along with newcomer Andrew Watt. With the hype that surrounds this project and expectations high there was a lot to live up to. The thing is, does it deliver?
I say it delivers on all accounts. It is something unique that we’ve never hear before yet there is a bit of familiarity to it. I was interested in this as soon as I read about it but once I heard the debut single “Sweet Tea” I was really anticipating it’s release. It had that heavy Bonham drum sound to it. Jason has really come into his own and lives up to the family name. Never a big Hughes fan personally but appreciated his work. This one emphasizes that.The song “All Falls Down” really gives you an appreciation for how great his voice is. After listening to the album and hearing the songs like “Chemical Rain”, the debut single “Sweet Tea” and especially “Midnight Oil” you cannot help but really get into the music and every aspect of it. The music is very complex and takes a few spins to really get into but once you do you will love the album. It’s not as technical as a Progressive album by a Dream Theater-type band but more than the average band. There is a lot going on musically and at times you’d think it’s a little too much but it grows on you. Upon my initial listen I thought the album was too busy and noisy but after a few spins that initial impression all but vanished. The album really grows on you. It is a solid Hard Rock album.
A definite grower of an album. All three of the musicians are on top of their game and you’d swear that all of them were seasoned veterans. Watt fits in perfectly with Bonham and Hughes. His guitar playing is killer, excellent tone, amazing solos...etc. The perfect guitarist for the heavy pounding of Jason’s drums and Glenn’s melodic bass thumping along. Definitely one of the year’s top albums that is sure to be on many people’s favorite list come year end. A definite own.
All Falls Down
Days They Come
Spit You Out
Glenn Hughes (Vocals, Bass)
Jason Bonham (Drums)
Andrew Watt (Guitar, Vocals)
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