Black Country Communion
Style: Hard Rock
Release date: 13 June, 2011
Playing time: 66:10

In September 2010 BCC selftitled debutalbum was released in the UK and went straight up the charts. It was voted to one of the best new band in 2010. If you know something about the members in BCC, it's not so surprisingly that they found magic on that album.

If you got Glenn Hughes on bass and vocals, Joe Bonamassa on guitar and vocals, Jason Bonham pumping on the drumset and Derek Sherinian mastering the keyboard then there's something extraordinary happening. Is the magic still with them on this record?

They try to make a mixure of american bluesrock and the harder english rock and in the first track on "2": The Outsider this mix works out perfect and with nice guitarsolos, heavy and hard pumping drums from Bonham, excellent keyboardsolos from Derek and I just keep my breath and think, yeah this is really amazing. But in the following tracks the tempo falls and I lose some of the interest. But I must admit that BCC lives a lot on the guitar god Bonamassa. Because suddenly he explodes and lifts the rather ordinary songs to much higher levels and with his experience and wide records, this album wins my heart in the end.

If you like technical guitar based rock with a solid wall of good old rock'n roll, this is the album for you. They tried to find their own sound with the debutalbum and succeded and with "2" they really got it. BCC lets all in the band to get the space and shine, but I find that Glenn's voice isn't on the same level as before and I prefer the tracks with Joe on the mic. The musical mixure is Deep Purple/Dream Theater/Led Zeppelin and on the top Blues rock. Good rock n' roll but nothing worldchanging.

Best tracks: "The Outsider", "Save Me", "Smokestack Woman", "Crossfire", "I Can See Your Spirit" and "Cold".


01: The Outsider
Man In The Middle
The Battle Of Hadrian´s Wall
Save Me
Smokestack Woman
An Ordinary Son
I Can See Your Spirit
Little Secret
11: Cold

Label: Mascot Records
Distribution: Target (Denmark)
Reviewed by: Patrik Skoglund
Date: 23 May, 2011