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Awesome hard rocking follow up to the popular debut record from the supergroup.

In case you missed it, the debut album by Black Country Communion did really rather well. I won't use the supergroup tag, but the all-star quartet comprised of Glenn Hughes, Joe Bonamassa, Derek Sherinian and Jason Bonham put out a hard hitting debut which let Bonamassa rock out, underpinned by Bonham's unmistakable percussion, led by the awesome voice of Hughes, which is funk free and rock to the core. I love Glenn's funky side, but with his realisation that he's not going to be able to shake the 'Voice Of Rock' tag anytime soon, he figured BCC was the band to let rip with, and the resulting debut smashed its way into number 13 on the UK album charts.

Typically, a band would tour an album to death to keep pushing it, but BCC only played a couple of gigs due to each member's packed schedule. Then they started work on a second record, and here it is. A mere eight months since the first, which is almost unheard of nowadays, but it's not unusual for Glenn, who is hugely prolific solo and was used to knocking albums out at that pace in Deep Purple. As a result, he has weighed in heavily on the new record, and personally, I think '2' is superior to the debut in every single way.

The first album came roaring out of the gates, and so does this one with 'The Outsider' - and if you want to check it out, just play our cover CD. Glenn claimed the lyrics on '2' were his darkest since his terrific 'Addiction' album, and he's right. Work on his autobiography meant he had a lot to say about darkness and demons, and  this track, along with songs like 'Faithless' and 'Cold' allow him to do just that. Producer Kevin Shirley is an active contributor to some of the songs, and Bonamassa weighs in with the sweeping 'Hadrian's Wall', boasting some fine acoustic work.

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Jason Bonham brings 'Save Me', a track he wanted to submit to the reformed Led Zeppelin before that was abandoned, and bringing it to Hughes has turned it into an epic, orchestral driven number. There's also an absolute mass of great rockers on here, personal favourites for me being 'Smokestack Woman' and the fantastic turbo charged 'I Can See Your Spirit'.

If you compare the two albums, track for track, I think this is the hands down winner. It's powerful, it's rocking, Glenn sings superbly, Bonamassa plays superbly, Hughes's bass and Bonham’s drums rock your speakers and Derek Sherinian is far more prominent this time with some fabulous Hammond organ work. It will surely appeal to fans of the first BCC album, Deep Purple fans and rockers in general. Imagine the first album... now make it miles better. That's what BCC did. Awesome

James Gaden

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