I have given the new album a couple of spins already, so here are my (very) first thoughts:
It's an eyecatcher in the shops.
And the first thing I noticed when I put it in the CD Player was that it has CD-Text, and It's exactly 52 minutes long!
On to the songs...
Once again, a perfect opener. I imagined this being the opener on the tour too, before I even saw the setlist for Norway!
Very catchy heavy Funk Rock. Great brass section.
What a gem. This sounds like Play Me Out
transformed into the 21st century. And I totally love the lyrics, so simple and yet so intense! And the bass break, of course!
Personally I'd have made this track 4 and Love Communion
This is the single - oh, I forgot, it actually is!
Nice Rhodes piano in the middle section, courtesy of Mr. Ed Roth!
WE SHALL BE FREE
Great heavy groove. Other singers would probably have come up with only 2 notes on top of that. Glenn's vocal melody again is superb. This track is uusually long, but never boring.
Another gem. The slide guitar sounds like It's About Time
. And when was the last time you could hear an actual synthesizer on one of Glenn's albums?
NEVER SAY NEVER
Don't like it. It just doesn't click with me. Maybe because the riff sounds like it could have been on R.O.C.K., and I don't listen to that album anymore. Or is it a leftover from Music For The Divine? There were far superior tracks on that in the same style!
WE GO 2 WAR
That's one hell of first 3 seconds! And the riff is so much better than the one on Never Say Never. With a 1990s production this could have been on Feel
. Great horns, once again.
OIL AND WATER
Unusually heavy compared to the rest of the album.
It's interesting to note that the second half of the album is more similiar in style to Music For The Divine
and the first part (We Shall be Free
excluded) to Play Me Out
JJ really shines on multiple guitars here with plenty of effects thrown in!
TOO LATE TO SAVE THE WORLD
My favourite, has been since I heard all the samples. Another great lyric. This has an epic quality, very much like Don't Let Me Bleed
WHERE THERE'S A WILL
Makes Me Smile
. Pun absolutely intended!
Overall I think that Glenn now indeed has found the perfect mixture, the recipe being to throw Play Me Out
and Music For The Divine
together and create something new.
This should be his trademark sound.