Glenn Hughes - 'Resonate'
Glenn Hughes: All Vocals, Bass Guitar, Acoustic Guitar
Søren Andersen: Guitars
Pontus Enborg: Drums & Percussion
Lachy Doley: Keyboards
Chad Smith: Drums on “Heavy” & “Long Time Gone”
1.) "Heavy" - This track consisted of Chad Smith of the Red Hot Chili Peppers on drums. This is the first of two songs he plays on. The pre-intro consisted of the full band. The drum line of this section consisted of two cymbal triplets connected with a tom-tom fill. The way they miced the cymbals overshadowed the guitar arrangement and bass line. After the second cymbal triplet the main intro section kicked-in. There was a rhythm guitar change for the musical verse. For the verse there was a single rhythm guitar riff that was laced in between Glenn's vocal lines. Underneath the fourth lyric line there was a musical rest. After the musical rest Chad played a small snare drum fill. Throughout the musical verse Chad opened and closed his hi-hat. This added an even more funk feel to the already funkish sounding arrangement. For the musical chorus instead of changing the rhythm guitar arrangement Chad and Glenn changed the drum and bass line. Glenn overdubbed his own backing vocals of the chorus. In between the drum and bass line and the guitar there was a small keyboards arrangement. This was the first time I heard the keyboard on this track. For the second verse there was a keyboard arrangement that was used to fill in the gaps left by the rhythm guitar. Underneath the vocal lines of the third chorus there was several lead guitar licks. The song consisted of no major lead guitar solo. However I found out a long time ago that Hughes's songs do not need lead guitar solos.
2.) "My Town" -This intro consisted of four measures of the drum line and rhythm guitar playing the same arrangement. After the four measures Glenn kicks-in the bass line. Søren played the same rhythm guitar arrangement for the musical verse as the one he used for the musical intro. The first time I listened to this track I thought the band overdubbed a second rhythm guitar arrangement for the musical verse. However, it was not a rhythm guitar overdub but a Glenn Hughes bass line. There was a very small snare fill leading into the opening lyric line of the first verse. Søren overdubbed a second rhythm guitar arrangement for the musical verse. For the seventh and eighth lyric lines instead of signing a full lyric line Glenn just sings the lyric alligator. Underneath these two lyrics there was a musical rest. There are three lyric lines connecting the musical verse with the musical chorus. Underneath these three lyric lines there wasn't a music arrangement. The last lyric of the first lyric line of this section consisted of an echo. The next two lyric lines shows Glenn's pure vocal talent. Though there was a musical arrangement change for the chorus. It was the two opening lyric lines that not only made the chorus however also made the song! There are three lyric lines connecting the first verse with the first chorus. After the second chorus there was a lead guitar solo, After the solo there was four lyric lines. After the solo there was four lead vocal lines. The first three expresses Glenn's vocal ability. Throughout the rest of the song the chorus repeats itself several times throughout the chorus arrangements underneath the lead vocals there are several minor lead guitar solos.
3.) "Flow"- This track opens with what sounded like the effects of a bass amp humming. The intro consisted of a guitar, bass and drum arrangement. The musical intro had a very early seventies heavy metal heaviness to it. Glenn used the same musical arrangement for the musical verse as the one for the intro. Two measures into the musical verse and there was a rhythm guitar change. There was a Jimi Hendrix palm muting guitar effect connecting the musical verse with the musical chorus. Over the top of Søren's rhythm guitar arrangement during the second verse you can hear a short talk box effect. After the second chorus there was a short musical rest. The song kicks back in with Glenn playing an acoustic guitar arrangement. As heavy has this song was I completely was not expecting this acoustic guitar arrangement. About one measure into this new arrangement and Glenn hits one hell of a bass note. The song kicks back in with a lead guitar solo. The coda consisted of maybe the greatest bass line I have ever heard!!
4.) "Let It Shine" - This track opens with a single rhythm guitar riff. After the single rhythm guitar riff is repeated twice the intro kicks-in. For the main intro section the band not only overdubbed a second rhythm guitar however Glenn also played the same arrangement as the two rhythm guitars. In doing this it gave the song a very heavy sound. To connect the intro with the musical verse they turned the instruments down and the keyboard up. For someone who went to engineering school such as myself, I thought this was a nice little effect. Scattered throughout the rhythm guitar arrangement was little musical rests. These musical rests aloud the keyboard arrangement to bleed through. Instead of completely changing the rhythm for the chorus Søren just tweaked the guitar arrangement a little. Glenn's vocals for the chorus was amazing. Scattered throughout the bass track Glenn improvises some of the bass notes. Showing just what an amazing bass player he is! Glenn Hughes is to the bass guitar is what Buddy Rich was too drums! After the second chorus there was an arrangement change. Over the top of this arrangement change Glenn sings a few vocal accents. The arrangement change lead to the lead guitar solo. The lead guitar solo Søren's wrote for this song was had a very abstract feel to it.
5.) "Steady" - Glenn reached into his Deep Purple days for the keyboard arrangement that opened this track. After what seemed a lifetime (though it was just maybe one or two measures) because it was so amazing. The next two measures consisted of a keyboard arrangement over the top of several tom-tom fills. Though simple the speed of this bass line was amazing! The rhythm guitar arrangement for the musical verse consisted of an amazing hook. Underneath the opening lyric line Glenn changed the bass line. For the musical chorus the band slowed the song down just a little. After the second chorus there was a rhythm arrangement change. This rhythm arrangement change consisted of several tom-tom fills. This rhythm arrangement change lead to the lead guitar solo. After the third chorus there was a drastic rhythm arrangement change. This arrangement consisted of keyboards and vocals. Once again Glenn's vocals and bass line for this arrangement completely blew me away!! After a couple measures the main arrangement kicks back in for the coda.
6.) "God Of Money" - This track had a very abstract feel to it. Only the most die-hard Hughes fans such as myself are really going to like it.
7.) "How Long" -There was a minor lead guitar solo over the top of the intro arrangement of this track. There was a music arrangement change for the musical verse. The musical verse along with the way Glenn arranged the lyrics gave the song an abstract sixties sound. The musical chorus and verse ran into one another. If you wasn't paying attention you would miss the chorus. After the second chorus there was a keyboard solo. Underneath the keyboard solo was yet another amazing bass line. After the solo there was a short breakdown section. Underneath the chorus of the coda there was a lead guitar solo.
8.) "When I Fall" - This was an amazing blues influenced ballad.
9.) "Landmines" - This intro opened with a Doobie Brothers influenced rhythm guitar riff over the top of a percussion arrangement. This pre-intro section was stereo split coming out of just the left speaker. The full band kicks in for the main intro. For the main intro the band continues with the seventies influenced rhythm arrangement. There was a small rhythm guitar change underneath the opening lyric line. There was an arrangement change for the musical chorus. Glenn's vocals where amazing on the choruses of this track. After the second chorus there was a lead guitar solo. The lead guitar solo was done using an effects pedal.
10.) "Stumble & Go" -This track opens with a single rhythm guitar riff before the entire band kicks in. The band used the same rhythm arrangement for the intro as the one for the musical verse. In between the first two lyric lines of the choruses are vocal accents. After the second chorus there was a lead guitar solo. After the third chorus there was a musical breakdown. This breakdown consisted of a drastic musical change were the music arrangement was slowed down. This song has quickly became one of my all-time favorite Glenn Hughes songs.
11.) "Long Time Gone" - This is the second and last track that Chad smith of the Red Hot Chili Peppers plays drums on. I just fell in love with this song!
As far as musicians go, Glenn Hughes is the eighth wonder of the world! In 2016, Glenn was a inductee in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for his contributions to the Mark III and IV eras of Deep Purple. When you look at Hughes's recording record where I think Hughes has sang or played bass on something like eighty albums (this includes greatest hits, live albums and bootlegs). Based on these merits he should be inducted as a solo artist.
'Resonate' is Glenn's first solo release in eight years. I found out a longtime ago that when it comes to hard rock and metal labels usually get the singles wrong. Or I think they do anyway. However, in the case of 'Resonate' they drilled it. The first single titled, "Heavy" is fairly self explanatory. It's heavy with one hell of a musical groove. The second single is called, "Long Time Gone" (both can be viewed above). This track really showcases how powerful a sixty-five year old voice is! The bass work on this CD is some of the best I have ever heard. Even from Glenn!!! After listening to 'Resonate' a half a dozen times I must say that Glenn is the God of Rock!!!!! This is the first disc I have heard in a very longtime where every song is a ten or better! Every music fan needs a copy of 'Resonate'!!!