ALBUM REVIEW: Glenn Hughes’ “Resonate”

Glenn Hughes, the English bassist and vocalist who has played with everyone from Black Sabbath to Deep Purple, is set to release his latest solo album, titled Resonate, tomorrow 11/4. For the Rock And Roll Hall of Famer, Resonate marks  his 14th studio album and first in 8 years, following up on 2008’s First Underground Nuclear Kitchen. The press kit we received for Resonate bills the album as Hughes’ heaviest album yet, and that was evident even in my first cursory listen before running through the full 11-track offering.

From the album’s opening track, appropriately titled Heavy, the listener gets a taste of what is sure to be an album that is massively popular with fans of both Hughes’ solo work and his worth with many a rock band over his decades in this business. From start to finish, Glenn Hughes provides all the vocals himself with a combination of his legendary bass playing and the guitar riffs and drumming of his solo band, and Heavy is only the beginning.

Skipping ahead to my favorite track off the new album, Let it Shine, where Hughes’ vocals do just that – shine – for a guy who is 65 years old, Glenn Hughes proves here that he can absolutely still sing with the best of them while his peers of a certain age have long since lost seen their voices fade. That’s not the case here, as Hughes seems to only get better with age.

God of Money, the album’s 6th offering, explodes immediately with a heavy guitar riff as its intro and continues to be a bad ass hard rock song the whole way through, and segways into yet another incredible old school hard rock song in How Long with a nice, quick guitar intro. One thing I’ve noticed about Resonate is that there isn’t much going on with the drumming. That’s not to say that it’s not solid drumming, but the guitar riffs are clearly the prominent feature throughout the album, which is totally fine with me, but I’d have liked to hear a couple drum intros from Pontus Engberg.

Landmines is your legit classic rock offering from Resonate and reminds me of something out of The Doobie Brothers back catalog with its opening riffs, but very clearly becomes a Glenn Hughes song in the chorus with his unmistakable voice and the way he makes his bass talk. The album’s closing track, Long Time Gone, features Chad Smith of Red Hot Chili Peppers on drums, who also appeared on the album’s opener. I’m a huge RHCP fan, so discovering Smith on drums to back up the guitar riffs and the bass and vocals of Hughes is pretty awesome. It’s not quite Flea playing the National Anthem on bass, but who needs that when you’ve got the legend that his Glenn Hughes on bass already?

Resonate concludes as one of Glenn Hughes’ finest studio offerings and an excellent “comeback” of sorts after being out of the solo spotlight for the last 8 years, and is an album that will surely satisfy fans of all ages from start to finish. Resonate has something for everyone, no matter what you like. Like guitar riffs? Resonate has that. Drummer? It’s got Chad Smith on two songs, what else can you ask for? Want gritty vocals? Yep, Glenn Hughes delivers on that. It’s hard to find something not to like about Resonate, as Hughes delivers a solid album from front to back. He’ll be coming around on tour next year with an April 2017 NYC date confirmed. We’ll probably be there, but for now, go pick up Resonate in stores tomorrow 11/4.

Track Listing:

01. Heavy
02. My Town
03. Flow
04. Let It Shine
05. Steady
06. God Of Money
07. How Long
08. When I Fall
09. Landmines
10. Stumble & Go
11. Long Time Gone