Album Review: BCCIV By Black Country Communion

Rating: 9 out of 10

Is rock really dead? While the recording industry has changed the genre is certainly not deceased. This year we already have outstanding releases from Stone Sour and Living Colour. Now Black Country Communion’s fourth release aptly called BCCIV continues the 2017 trend delivering classic kick ass hard rock. The formula is simple: great songwriting accompanied by excellent guitar, bass, drums, and vocals. Producer extraordinaire, Kevin Shirley completes the package by creating a sound and mix that brings all of the super group’s powerful elements to the forefront evenly.

The tensions between Glenn Hughes and Joe Bonamassa have apparently been resolved but obviously, have contributed to an amazing creative endeavor. As with most great rock bands, tension can lead to great songs and BCCIV is loaded with brilliance. The album is filled with Deep Purple and Led Zeppelin influences, yet the sound is new and fresh. Jason Bonham provides the steady heavy beat that he is known for a while Joe Bonamassa switches from great blues riffs to awesome meat and potatoes hard rock. You know he can shred with the best guitarists, yet he doesn’t overdo it. It’s all soulful and fits into the framework of great songs. What makes this album great is the fact that each member is a rock star yet no ego takes over. Black Country Communion functions as a great unit. Kevin Shirley must take some credit for reining in Glen Hughes, Jason Bonham Joe Bonamassa, and Derek Sherinian just enough to play as a great band.

The entire album is loaded with highlights. The first two songs “Collide” and “Over My Head” get the album off to a great start, but unlike a lot of releases, the album does not fall off a cliff. Each song carries musical merit that makes this album a worthwhile listen throughout. “The Crow” is perhaps the best track due to the fact is melds all of the band’s talents into an amazing listen. It features a Zeppelin-esque beat which also delves into bass and keyboards that harken back to the best of Deep Purple, only to be followed by more great lead guitar. “Love Remains” also has a Physical Graffiti feel that evolves into something new and groundbreaking. Glenn Hughes delivers powerful vocals and balls out heavy funk bass work. Kevin Serinian provides 70’s style keyboards that enhance an already great sound.

Buy this album now.

Written by Joe Becht.  Follow him on Twitter @JoeBecht

 


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7 Comments

  1. RockWillNeverDie October 15, 2017 6:40 pm 

    I noticed that the song “Love Remains” sounds incredibly similar to “The Wanton Song” by Led Zeppelin. I also noticed that “The Crow” sounds similar to “Bulls on Parade” by Rage Against the Machine. This album is awesome! Great review!

  2. Joe Becht October 15, 2017 9:57 pm 

    @ Rock – Thank you. Now that I listen to it and I’ve been listening every day, you are 100% correct ! It is a toss up between this and the new Living Colour for album of the year. Stone Sour is great as well. Thanks for the comment !

  3. Victor October 16, 2017 10:53 am 

    The Bulls On Parade rip off was the last straw for me with this band. Have never got them, and have seen all of their releases to be weak, boring, and pretty generic given the players. I’ve said this a million times, and will continue to say this, Andrew Watt on the California Breed album sounds a million times more ferocious than Bonamassa on any of the BCC releases. What he did on that album is what I want to hear out of Bonamassa a bona fide guitar slinger that captivates you with his playing. There isn’t one second that I listen to the band that I’m not thinking please take this to the next level, and it never happens. Bonamassa sounds neutered, a shell of what he does as a solo artist. Much like Chickenfoot, the parts never fully come together to make the band anything worth me listening to more than once. Glenn Hughes Resonate blows this album away. Sons Of Apollo are the first “supergroup” that I’ve heard in awhile that has actually gone above and beyond what I had expected, each player is showcased, and no one holds back, and I’m not even a prog guy, far from it. The Ferrymen which I reviewed earlier is similar. Kevin “Yes Man” Shirley has proven to be an empty suit in the room once again, following his pattern with Maiden. At this point BCC stands for Boring and Couldn’t Care, but that’s just my opinion, to each their own.

  4. Joe Becht October 16, 2017 7:55 pm 

    @Victor, sounds a little harsh but as you said to each their own. BCCIV is up there for the best of the year. I guess we will agree to disagree.

    BTW, I like California Breed but it doesn’t blow me away. Maybe I’m just a sucker for the Purple/Zep sound that this album has.

  5. Joe Becht October 16, 2017 7:57 pm 

    @Victor, sounds a little harsh but as you said to each their own. BCCIV is up there for the best of the year. I guess we will agree to disagree.

    BTW, I like California Breed but it doesn’t blow me away. Maybe I’m just a sucker for the Purple/Zep sound that this album has. California Breed’s Scars rips off some riffs as well. But it’s all good

  6. Victor October 17, 2017 3:57 pm 

    I don’t know, if Kiss got sued and lost from Dreaming, their a shoe in to loose any court battle to RATM. It doesn’t get more blatant then that. And people bitched about Kingdom Come! I love Jason’s early work where every song didn’t have to be played like his father.

    Do you think this sounds better than Glenn’s Resonate?

  7. Victor October 17, 2017 4:39 pm 

    To me someone like Royal Blood takes that Zeppelin influence, and takes it somewhere else, not just the same old same old. Ben Thatcher definitely has a Bonzo influence, but their music doesn’t rely on old parlor tricks. May not be for everyone, but their two albums, especially the debut album has a lot of good Zeppelin flavor to it, without blatantly being a carbon copy. Listen to the new The Darkness album, Pinewood Smile, Rufus Taylor sounds very little like his father Roger (who has a very distinct style also), at times throws in a Bonham type beat, but it’s done in spots, not 100% from beginning to end. For me personally, that works.

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