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Old May-23-2006, 3:50 PM
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Free at last, free at last YES, this is Glenn Hughes at his very core and an album I've been waiting on from him for a very long time - it has everything! Soul, funk, rock and so much more - all delivered with the highest quality vocals and musicianship we've all come to enjoy.

With nods to his musical heroes, as well as his own humble beginnings, right through to the modern day "sure fire" hits - Music For The Divine - has every element that should make this epic stand out from the crowd.

You quickly get a sense of what is to come with the opener, The Valiant Denial, with JJ Marsh and Chad Smith's epic opening chords and hard rockin' drums, it sets us up for what must surely be the opening live number - a masterpiece if ever there was one. The chorus gets your blood pumping and what with the rousing string arrangement, it's final sonic-laden moments bring us down and you're left wondering what just hit you!!

We're then thrown head over heels into Steppin' On, with the first of the hard funk moments which are scattered throughout the album and the welcomed introduction to the "green goblin". You won't be able to get the chorus out of your head and with the tip of the hat to Zeppelin and Purple MK.III; it won't go by, without leaving a smile on your face. This is of course, a "must play live" song. No questions asked, ok

Next up, Monkey Man, kicks straight in with a funk laden riff that get's those dancin' shoes dusted off and ready for some action!! With the chorus in full swing, you'll be jumpin' around before you know it. Awesome performances by all involved with JJ and Chad getting a well deserved airing, while Glenn commands the helm to perfection, right through to the final moments.

We're given a breather with This House, even with it's Beatles-esque qualities, you still walk away in sheer breathlessness with the vocal delivery. At the halfway mark, the string section kicks in and Glenn and JJ deliver stellar guitar performances throughout.

Ok, time to get off you seat! You Got Soul gives us a nod & wink to Trapeze with a harder funk rock edge, which I'm digging more and more on every listen! This song has it all, hard rock, funk, wailing guitars, passionate hard rockin' vocals - 10 out of 10 - it would be a crime not to play this one live

Next up, Frail, brings us down to earth and with it's soaring and melancholic mood, it brings to the forefront Glenn's vocal and lyrical abilities. The string section really sets the mood, both celebratory and mournful at the same time. Perfection!

To get us back in the groove, Black Light kicks your butt back in gear! Again, an absolute "must play live" song - the green goblin is in full effect again here and with a fantastic vocal bridge to boot - this should really be considered as a "single" release - it's got everything. Glenn pulls out all the stops and JJ and Chad shine through with big Cheshire cat grins, at least I did! Again....perfection

Things slow slightly with Nights In White Satin which is up next, but not for long, what with Glenn's thundering vocals keeping you on your toes - this isn't just copied from the Stealth soundtrack or the Australian Soul Mover release - but in fact, a remixed version - you can definitely hear the difference, with the vocals sounding like they were brought forward which definitely improves it overall. John Frusciante is still stellar on this rendition. And yes, it fits in very well with the new songs, which I must admit, pleasantly surprised me.

No, not a Stevie Wonder cover! Too High is next and that's where you want to be on this one - up and rockin' out! From introductory drum chops and thundering bass line, this one kicks you in the face - fantastic guitar and drums from JJ and Chad, with another sonically delivered chorus from Glenn - his bass playing is just perfection! There's going to be lots of sweat flowing from both the stage and crowds when this one gets going - trust me! Another 10 out of 10 from me! This is the funk rocker that I've been waiting on from Glenn for a long, long time - again, a "must play live" song

A change of pace, takes us into a trippy late 60's/early 70's number with This Is How I Feel, which would fit right at home on an early Trapeze album - this is Glenn Hughes at his finest, again it has every element, old and new, with some surprises thrown in. Imagine Hendrix with a sultry splash of early Free and Floyd! John Frusciante is an absolute star on this song - another "must play live" addition.

To close out the album, The Divine, exemplifies Glenn Hughes - a straightforward acoustic & strings based number, with lyrics and a vocal delivery that is everything Glenn - as he pours his heart out, it's like he's standing right next to you as he sings just for YOU! Marvelous.

In summary, this is a very different album from his past releases, but at the same time, it's not! You can definitely feel the personal and honest nature of the songs and as listener you will easily appreciate each one on it's own, but soon afterwards when you stand back, you'll see it's a very cohesive release. Maybe it'll take you a couple of listens to fully appreciate it, but I think in the end, you'll agree me.

Special mention goes to Chad Smith, JJ Marsh, John Frusciante and Mark Kilian. Chad is an animal on the drums, JJ and John make a great team and both give us award winning performances. Mark gives us the string arrangements and oh how he nailed it, creating the perfect atmosphere.

So bring on the live show - I think the time has finally come to drop the older material and throw in the ones mentioned here, plus some from Soul Mover and other more recent gems and we'll finally reach the perfect and ever controversial Glenn Hughes setlist
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Old May-23-2006, 4:08 PM
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Here's another review, as more come in will put them here too

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Glenn Hughes has really hit a purple patch of late and this new album moves on nicely from where `Soul Mover' left off. Red Hot Chilli Pepper's (RHCP) drummer Chad Smith is again behind the drum kit and this time is joined by RHCP guitarist John Frusciante (regular Hughes' guitar slinger JJ Marsh is still very much involved). The main difference between this new album and the last one is the use of string arrangements and these work very well. Pick of the album? Has to be `Monkey Man' with its falsetto chorus and big funky backline - Hughes has never sounded so good! `Too High' and `The Valiant Denial' both blend funk and hard rock seamlessly (and it has to said better than the RHCP on their latest album). Some nice curveballs as well with closer `The Divine' - a very mellow, acoustic number and again Hughes is on top form vocally. Only `Black Light' lets the side down, whilst the bonus track of a cover of Procul Harum's `Nights In White Satin' certainly deserves its place on the album.

Possibly Hughes' best album to date in that it has hard rock to keep his fans happy whilst allowing Hughes to revel in his love of funk and soulful vocals. Be interesting to see how he plans to top this one!

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Bonus of Procul Harem's "Nights In White Satin"?!!!! Ah Jason, you know your stuff!!!
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Old May-23-2006, 7:18 PM
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So David....what you're saying is...play the whole damn album LIVE!!

Thanks for the great review. I'm sure it's making everyone want it even more. I know it did me.

Now if only NEH would pick up their phone so I could pre-order it

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M4TD Mini Review in Austrian daily newspaper

One for the archives.....

Having already reviewed Soul Mover last time around (see reply #14 in this posting here), Austrian journalist Guido Tartarotti was kind enough to review M4TD in Austria's Kurier newspaper today. This is the 2nd biggest daily newspaper in the country btw.

Here's a rough English translation:

Glenn Hughes, bass player and singer in Deep Purple's second best incarnation, 1000 years and a day ago, releases another Solo Album. Accompanied by Red Hot Chili Peppers' Chad Smith (Drums) and John Frusciante (Guitar), "Music For The Divine" sounds like a good Chilis-Coverband.

While this might not be the most accurate review it might well help the album's sales, since the Chili Peppers are HUGE (no punt intended) here in Austria - Stadium Arcadium has shot to Number 1 here in its first week and will definitely stay there for a couple of weeks.

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Old May-29-2006, 2:38 PM
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Can't imagine this guy has actually heard M4TD - it sounds nothing like a RHCP record! Although it's a stretch, I would say a couple off Soul Mover might only just fall into that category, but certainly not this new one.

Think he must have been reading too much into the promo sheet while he was in the library

But like you say, as long as the RHCP fans pick it up and buy out of curiousity, that's the main thing
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My Music for the Divine review

This past Saturday I got a copy of “Music for the Divine”. I was at a party and had a chance to hear some of it in bits and pieces throughout the day. I certainly liked what I heard of it. I knew that I would have to give it a proper listen before I could begin to form any real opinion of it. So needless to say that is exactly what I’ve been doing since then! And I must say that as has been stated by those who’ve heard it, a little time is required to fully absorb it all. Don’t get me wrong here, it is very interesting the first time around. I think it is the fact that there are so many dimensions to it. For comparison sake, Soul Mover was much more one dimensional in it’s approach. There is a lot more texture and subtlety here and it takes many listens to pick up on them. It’s definitely one of those albums where you notice new things with each listen. A good thing!

So is this album as good as we’ve all heard it would be? Or is it just hype coming from Glenn and those close to him? Well I think I’ve had enough listens to say YES! It is a great album and one that just seems to get better with each listen. It’s really got it all. It’s got lots of funk, a little soul, and it’s played with a hard rock edge throughout. There are twists and turns as well that don’t in any way diminish the flow. There is a certain psychedelic vibe that flows through much of it and this adds a new flavor.

So to sum it up, I’m really liking this one. It’s that good! Is it Glenn’s best ever? I don’t know. Music is like food. Some will think it is and some won’t. But it is good enough to even have that argument in the first place. Not a bad place to be! For me it’s one of the “good” ones for sure. Glenn, a job well done! The future only looks bright with new music of this quality. To anyone who may have doubts, no worries. Buy it, buy it, buy it!

I know I’ll be getting multiple copies as soon as it’s out. Gotta a lot of people to turn on!
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Old May-31-2006, 2:53 PM
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Originally Posted by Forever Young

So to sum it up, I’m really liking this one. It’s that good! Is it Glenn’s best ever? I don’t know. Music is like food. Some will think it is and some won’t. But it is good enough to even have that argument in the first place. Not a bad place to be! For me it’s one of the “good” ones for sure. Glenn, a job well done! The future only looks bright with new music of this quality. To anyone who may have doubts, no worries. Buy it, buy it, buy it!

I know I’ll be getting multiple copies as soon as it’s out. Gotta a lot of people to turn on!

Thanks for that input FY, summised nicely ... new music ... quality ... Glenn

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Old Jun-03-2006, 2:28 PM
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Opened the mailbox today and SURPRISE!!!. Music for the Divine shipped a week early from NEH

After one initial listen all I can say is This is the Big One.
A pristine recorded Funkfeast.
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Old Jun-07-2006, 10:59 AM
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Well I've lived with the album for almost 2 weeks now and I must say yes it is indeed "The Big One!"

Wow! It is great! I knew I liked it but man oh man, what a great bunch of songs. The playing is absoluetly stellar throughout. The production as advertised is outstanding! Just listen to the clanking bass on The Valient Denial!!! Killer!!!

The songwriting is superb and it combines all of the elements of funk, soul, hardrock and even a bit of psychedelia.

And of course the voice! The guy sings his ass off on it! For me his best sounding vocals since at least SITKOR if not before.

This is a classic album. A bold statement yeah. But this is a bold musical statement by the Voice O Rock!!

Glenn you can be very proud of this one! It lives up to all the pre-release hype. It just may be your very best!

If you haven't yet heard it, you are in for a great experience. Just give it some time to fully absorb. There is a lot of flavor there but it all fits perfectly!

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the wait is killing me. Amazon tell me i should get it between 16th and 19th.

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Just got my copy from NEH today - WooHoo! Haven't spun it yet, but I'm getting ready to fix lunch and give it a whirl.

What a great feeling tearing off the cellophane wrap, opening up the disc, placing it in the CD player and waiting those few seconds before the magic happens.

By the way - the liner photos are EXCELLENT! Fun, casual and lots of them. Got it right this time!

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Old Jun-08-2006, 7:46 AM
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Another great review, this time from mr.com....

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93 %

Songs: 93%
Sound: 93%

Glenn Hughes works longer and harder on just about every solo release of the last few years, yet you can set your watch as to when they will appear - on time and as regular as ever. Now that sounds like it is a dig at Glenn – it sure isn't - as true to Glenn's claim, each album of the last few years does sound better than the last and like a little more effort has been put in.

It is just that being a prolific writer and also someone that knows his way around a studio, it doesn't take forever to get a new record done. Brilliant for eagerly waiting fans!

Since moving away from the more straight ahead hard rock that kick-started Glenn's major comeback with such albums as From Now On and Addiction, he has slowly evolved from recording albums with set musical themes and has moved into a style zone that instead balances his influences.

The Way It Is, R.O.C.K. and Songs In The Key Of Rock saw Glenn finding his way, but it wasn't until Soul Mover that he nailed it. The perfect blend of soul, funk, R&B and rock was at last achieved.

If Soul Mover was the album where Glenn perfected his own solo style - which started off back in the funk zone of Play Me Out in the 70s - then Music For The Divine is where he moves it further forward. This is an even better sequel to Soul Mover.

This is a seriously good record, with an intense vibe and some of the best songs of Glenn's solo career to date. But it is far from an instant record. Glenn's records seldom are.

There are a few standouts early in the piece, but 6 or 7 listens in and every track has its own place and its own groove.

I think long time and true fans of Glenn Hughes will really dig this record. Anyone with a particular affection for Soul Mover will certainly find this a very worthy companion to that record.

Perhaps not all that have loved certain past Glenn Hughes records will love this. I'll always class From Now On as my all time favourite Hughes record, but I am also realistic that he is unlikely to make a record like that again. Those looking for the hard rock or AOR Glenn should not expect to hear that here. On board with Glenn here is long time guitarist JJ Marsh and back again is the Red Hot Chilli Peppers duo of percussion master Chad Smith and guitarist John Frusciante.

The Chad Smith/Glenn Hughes pairing is a masterful one, the guys compliment each other beautifully and the relationship the two formed on Soul Mover matures here.

Speaking of the music within the album - The Valiant Denial gets things off to a fairly restrained start. Rather it is the utterly brilliant Steppin On, with its snappy groove and in your face attitude really getting things rolling.

What I love about the structure of this album is the tempo changes within the songs. Monkey Man, Black Light and the brilliant This Is How I Feel all do double-takes within, with chorus melodies well outside where the verse lead you to believe you were heading.

Things turn psychedelic 70s on This House and reverts a further decade back from that on parts within Frail.

The album grooves its way through several other tracks, all with their own merits.

The only blip on the radar with this release is the cover of Nights In White Satin. On it's own it's another great cover by Glenn, but I'm not sure it fits within the scheme of this album. It is the only track recorded outside these sessions and sounds like it.

Closing the album is the quite superb orchestral flavored The Divine, which sees Glenn at his most seductive vocal best.

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As much as I love hard rock Glenn, I could definitely use another album of this style if it maintains the growing quality we have come to expect from the groove-meister. Music For The Divine is indeed just that, as long as you define divine as "funk, soul and R&B flavored classic rock." Glenn Hughes is no longer just the voice of rock; he is the soul of it too.

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Old Jun-09-2006, 2:06 AM
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Today I finally got my copy of M4TD.
After giving it such a spin that my CD player was already dizzy, I have to admit that its a very good record, surely much better in everything concerning songwriting, production and feel than Soul Mover.
Those who did expect a too much funky album I can assure it is very heavy as well. It´s kind of "best of both worlds". It sounds like a huge step forward regarding SM, although this wasn´t a bad album at all, of course. There are parts which are reminding of the very composed and melodic "The Way It Is" album, which I always considered as one of the best. The balance of songs material of M4TD also reminds me of the well-balanced "BTM" album, another still underrated album of GH.
It´s very hard to pick a specific songs from the record, they are all really very good, in my opinion. But songs like "You got soul" or "Frail" just send shivers down my spine. The bottom line is, that I didn´t expect a bad album but its much better that I expected.
Congrats, Glenn! Another great piece of music!

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Well, I gave M4TD several listens and I have to say,Papa layed it down! Already my favorite songs are:The valiant denial,you got soul,frail and nights in white satin.The valiant denial reminds me of the song easy lover by phil collins and phillip bailey from the 80's.Frail made me cry and nights in white satin soothed me.You got soul moved me. The rest of the songs are good but, these songs are my favorites.However,SOUL MOVER ,ADDICTION, SLITCOA,PLAY ME OUT,MEDUSA,INCENSE AND PEACHES and FEEL will always be my favorites. Although I know he can't go backwards,I'm happy that papa is confident,happy and comfortable in his own skin and making the music he wants to make.What a great rendition of nights in white satin and the strings are well placed as well!It gives the album a certain cache. It seems with each album he is constantly doing something different.I like that!You never know what to expect!
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As others have said before...this one gets better and better with every play....also louder and louder

Yet again, Glenn has put out a fantastic album.

Too bad the closest shows to me, so far, are in England.
Better go dust off the 'ol passport and book my room at Wolfy's Bed & Breakfast

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The Ultimate Glenn release. Its Groove from start to finish.

Glenn puts a smile on your face no matter what style he delivers on this disc. He's the same Glenn we have been listening to forever, but this time everything seems to shine a whole lot brighter.

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Just the way I love it. It's really funky and one of Glenn's best albums

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Sunday, June 11th 2006

... and I still haven't got my copy of M4TD

It appears that everything in Vienna is running back towards the stoneage, since none of the stores in town seem to have received their stock of the album by friday!!!???
The big one near the place where I work is expecting delivery on Monday - they ordered 25 copies and where actually expecting them friday.
It's probably the World cup's fault, but then again I'm a huge football fan and can't blame it, can I?

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dont feel so bad chris- im waiting for that and moonstone (neh wrote to me yesterday that it was sent back to them) i dont blame them just the postoffice
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Where are all the reviews?

I expect quite a few folks are still awaiting their copy in the mail. But yes, we really want to hear from everyone on what they think of the new album
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This is the review of the album from The Fuze...

Glenn Hughes – Music for the Divine (2006)
‘Music for the Divine’, lauded as the “career-defining album from the legendary Voice of Rock”, has a lot of lip service to back up. So does it deliver the goods? Yes, it does. But career-defining? That’s debatable – it’s so hard to pin Glenn Hughes down to a particular sound or style, there’s no way one of the man’s albums could come to define him. Having said that, ‘Music for the Divine’ is among Glenn’s best recorded work, with the material ranging from songs that continue where ‘Soul Mover’ left off (the funky “Monkey Man”, for example) to thoughtful album closer "The Divine", a song given unexpected depth, thanks to the judicious use of acoustic guitar and string quartet accompaniment. There is a lot of acoustic guitar on 'Music for the Divine', and the strings add a new dimension to Glenn's music. Throughout the album Glenn’s musical foils, guitarist JJ Marsh and drummer Chad Smith, rise to the occasion with a level of playing that propels the material more than any of the trio’s collaborations to date. Smith even brought along fellow Red Hot Chili Pepper John Frusciante, who contributes to a powerful rendition of “Nights in White Satin”, along with what sounds like an emotional, first-take solo on "This is How I Feel". Some people might be prepared for this to be a continuation of Glenn’s excellent ‘Soul Mover’ album - and in some ways it is. That's not a bad thing, but you’ll be pleasantly surprised to hear that Glenn has recorded yet another album that is in many ways a refreshing departure from what has come before. Some things never change.


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I think Im missing the sound of Chad's drums in that room in Van Nuys they did the DVD and Soul Mover. I love when I put on Soul Mover the drums sound the same as they did when we were there Jan 14, 2004. As in the Moonstone thread, too early for comments on the songs yet. The production is just ok....but jeez I'm spoiled to death after the Toto album. Simon Phillips should do everybody's albums in his studio. Ear candy.

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The Valiant Denial

There are some wonderful touches in what is essentially a prog rock piece. Here we are first introduced to what becomes a defining feature of the album, the rich string arrangements. We all knew about Glenn’s ability to write acoustic works and ballads but to dovetail these into a full arrangement is another facet to his ever morphing talent.

Steppin’ On

If you wanted a good example to introduce a newbie to Glenn’s vocal timbre, you might consider Steppin’ On. As funky as Beckham yet with the power of Bull (Glenn will know what I mean ) I can’t wait to hear this one live. JJ’s playing is immaculate. And that little synth sound just adds spice to the mix. A feelgood song which makes you smile.

Monkey Man

More of a serious sojourn into Glenn’s past this one drives along an unpredictable road from a funk intro to melodic pop to hard rock. On first listening, this was my favourite. I just love that "I’ll tell you something for nothing" chorus and I am already imagining it played alongside Soul Mover live.

This House

Glenn has never hidden his admiration of music which influenced him in his youth. We all know about his major influences, but I hear The Beatles in this unusual number. I confess I was puzzled by it at first, but in the context of the whole album, it’s an essentia track. It shows how Glenn is writes what he feels rather than what other people feel he should write. A definite grower.

You Got Soul

Well even I would dance to this one and, as a disciple of the David Brent School of Movement, that’s a big call! Once again some hard rock climbing vocals, combine with a soulful intro, powerful melodies and innovative musicianship combine to form a work which will particularly appeal to fans of the Feel legacy.

Frail

Almost hymnal in its patient approach to the subject matter, Frail sails smoothly like a yacht at Redondo Bay. A beautiful interchange of strings, acoustic guitar from JJ and some sympathetic and restrained drumming by Chad are the hallmarks of this memorable and socially aware Glenn composition.

Black Light

Just when you thought that this was a formulaic rocker, once again the band take us to a different plain with JJ choosing both electric and acoustic colours. My least favourite on first listening, the more I absorbed the subtleties, the greater I appreciated the result.

Nights in White Satin

A cover should add something to the original. I’d say the Moodies would be chuffed to bits to find that their ex stable mate could have added so much to what is a very English classic. Glenn is in fine vocal form here reaching those ethereal octaves and sustaining the passion throughout.

Too High

This one also moves around the genres with smooth abandon. First it’s funk, then it’s rock and more than a little touch of psychedelia which has already flavoured This House and Monkey Man. And there’s a top drawer piece of guitar work from our JJ. Chad switches gear immaculately here from the intricate to the thunderous.

This is How I Feel

Talking of psychedelic, this could have been written in 1967 yet it’s treatment is, for all the world, where Glenn wants to be in 2006. Confident, moving, interesting, tuneful and innovative. Not content to strum his acoustic and follow Glenn’s vocal line, John Frusciante's guitar work takes us on a trip into uncharted territory and it’s divine.

The Divine

Strings once again define the mood of the song with Glenn offering a gentle melodic refrain and a fitting conclusion to THE most varied album of Glenn’s career. We were introduced to it in Soul Mover and we can see it all mature and blossom in M4TD.

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It is quite unbelievable what an immense body of work GLENN HUGHES has built up over the years. And it’s not just a question of quantity. By far the most albums he’s worked on, contain some brilliant material.

Personal favourites include TRAPEZE’s Medusa, his albums with DEEP PURPLE (especially Burn), HUGHES/THRALL, the first PHENOMENA record, BLACK SABBATH’s Seventh Star and both other collaborations with Tony Iommi.

His new one, Music For The Divine, is even a step up from its predecessor. This one arguably belongs in the above list of favourites.

The album kicks right off with one of the very best songs Hughes has ever recorded, ‘The Valiant Denial’. This is a very powerful track, with a great melody, excellent guitar and lots of mood and tempo changes. It features acoustic guitars and string arrangements, two elements which will return often on this album. It also shows why Chad Smith is the perfect musical companion for Hughes. Both the heavy drumming and the production are top notch. This is nearly seven minutes of absolute delight.

‘Steppin’ On’ is food for funk rock fans, and it’s amazing stuff, as are ‘Monkey Man’ and ‘You Got Soul’. Another highlight is ‘Black Light’, which has some angry, dark lyrics about Hughes’s friend Lana Clarkson, who was found dead in famed producer Phil Spector’s house a few years ago. ‘This House’ is a very catchy, early 70’s sounding track, which is again driven by acoustic guitar and orchestra. The attractive arrangement and Hughes’s tender, sad vocals make ‘Frail’ another true winner. Very moving indeed.

And then there’s ‘Nights In White Satin’. I know Hughes has appeared on far too many mediocre tribute albums, but when he puts his heart into it, he has the ability to make every cover song his own. ‘Nights…‘ is simply amazing. Hearing him churn out those emotional vocals like this really gives me goosebumps. RED HOT CHILI PEPPER John Frusciante’s guitar work here is also worth mentioning. Album closer is ‘The Divine’, and the title just about says it all. This is just acoustic guitar, orchestra and Hughes’s heavenly voice. What more can I say…?

There may be one or two slightly less interesting songs on Music For The Divine, but for me, it still deserves full marks. Anything less for an album that is able to move me so deeply, would be gravely unfair.

Rating: 10/10

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Icon32 And he spelled Glenn's name correctly, too.

David,

How about if you give this guy (Review by Edwin) an upgrade,

and make him automatically an OFFICIAL Glenn Hughes Crazy Person?




A rating of: 10 out of 10 ain't too shabby none.

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Firstly, let's get the obvious out of the way.....Glenn has never made the same CD twice and this is hardly Son Of Soul Mover. I will dispense with the song by song aural dissection and just say that I was glad that I didn't weaken and download the "Teaser" bits (sorry!! ). I wanted it to be a surprise and listen to it all the way through.....

And NEH Records rule!! I placed my order on Monday and had the CD's in my mailbox Friday afternoon; I also ordered Ambrosia's last recording Road Island as well as Whips And Roses...OK, the Bolin title is backordered but I am patient!

The ambience of Chad's house is evident throughout and early favorites of mine include The Valiant Denial, This House,Frail,This Is How I Feel and Divine. But as a whole, the new CD rocks my world and makes my planets twirl!!

Considering that Nights In White Satin was done for an entirely different project, the song slots in perfectly even between the one-two funk combination of Black Light and Too High.

What a way to start the summer....Turn it up!!

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Got my copy 4 days ago and I´m not quite sure what to think about this record. There are obvisiouly great songs on it but some do feel like "have heard that before" (Monkey Man) and others do feel like they have been trying too hard to give the music an commercial edge for entering some markets (especially the younger fans), "This House" for instance. The funk riff outro in "Steppin On" sounds great even it reminds me a bit of the "Sail Away" riff, to be honest.

It´s a good album, no doubt, but at some points a bit "too much". The intro of "Valiant Denial" is much too long (over 1 minute" and it repeats in the middle of the song in the same length. If they would have it shorten a bit it would be fine though.

I hope, my review is not too negative, since it wasn´t intended that way Just my true opinion.

bye, Lisa
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Not at all, Lisa. Keep on telling your opinion. It´s good to see some controversal discussions about the albums also about M4TD. It shows that we are not a bunch of "yes sayers" ....although I cannot agree to some points you wrote, I also find the Intro to "Valiant Denial" a bit too long too When I first listened to that songs I thought something like "...will this song ever get started???"...

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