Review: California Breed

With the then break up of Black Country Communion, former vocalist Glenn Hughes went back to work doing what he does, recording music. Together with the relatively unknown Andrew Watt, the group created a heavy album that surprisingly does not amount to much.

When you look at the album, you can’t imagine that the album would be anything short of amazing. With Hughes’ excellent funk driven bass runs and vocals, Jason Bonham’s pounding drums and the very professionally played guitar from Watt, it really should have been. Each song is enjoyable for the most part and the production has been very well handled. But no matter how enjoyable the album is, it just feels like there is something missing.

For me, I reckon that the album simply lacks melody. We hear plenty of heavy riffs from both the guitar and drums, each instrument is heavily distorted and it creates this massive wall of noise. Unfortunately this means that there is no room for any melody. Had the band acquired a keyboard player or a second guitar, it would have made the bands sound a little less like a wall of noise and perhaps more complete.

I don’t want to be too harsh on California Breed, after all this is a very a good album, even if it feels a little hollow in places. An early ’70s approach with the looser sound, less distotion and more musicians could have really helped the band develop a great sound. But as it is, it’s a solid rock album that will appeal to fans of Glenn Hughes‘ heavier works.

Rating : 7 / 10

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Track Listing :

  1. The Way
  2. Sweet Tea
  3. Chemical Rain
  4. Midnight Oil
  5. All Falls Down
  6. The Grey
  7. Days They Come
  8. Spit You Out
  9. Strong
  10. Invisible
  11. Scars
  12. Breathe