California Breed - self-titled

 


THE BAND:
Andrew Watt – guitar, vocals
Jason Bonham – drums
Glenn Hughes – vocals, bass
additional musicians:
Dave Cobb – production, percussion
Mike Webb – keyboards
Kristen Rogers – backing vocals
Julian Lennon – additional vocals on "Breathe"


TRACK FRAGMENTS:
1.) "The Way" -This track opens with a classic Glenn Hughes Rock/Funk intro arrangement.  The music arrangement underneath the opening lyric line consisted of just Jason Bonham playing the high-hat.  I between the lyric lines the band played the same arrangement as the one they used for the intro section.  Underneath the second lyric line Jason incorporated his left hand with a snare pattern.  There are several drum fills connecting the musical verse with the musical chorus.  After the second chorus there was a breakdown section that consisted of several vocal accents. 
2.) "Sweet Tea" - This intro opens with a Jason Bonham drum pattern.  No one and I mean No one opens the hi-hat quite like Jason does.  After two measures Glenn and Andrew kick-in the bass line and rhythm guitar rhythm.  Glenn sings a couple vocal accents connecting the musical intro with the musical verse.  Andrew plays the same rhythm guitar riff for the musical chorus as the one for the intro.  There are several cymbal accents connecting the musical chorus with the musical verse.  Andrew changed the rhythm guitar riff for the musical verse.  The lead guitar solo is after, I think the third chorus.  The solo runs underneath the fourth chorus. 
3.) "Chemical Rain" - This intro had a heavy feel to it.  For the musical verse Andrew dropped the distorted guitar effect for a more clean guitar sound.  Glenn double-tracked the fifth lyric line of the first verse.  The rhythm change and lyric lines of the chorus had a huge hook attached to them.  There was a minor lead guitar solo over the top of the coda.    
4.) "Midnight Oil" - This track opened with a John influenced Jason drum pattern.  After two measures Andrew kicks-in the rhythm guitar arrangement.  For the fourth measure of the intro Andrew double-tracked his rhythm guitar arrangement.  The band basically used the same rhythm guitar riffs of the verse as the one they used for the intro arrangement.  The chorus had a huge Glenn Hughes hook attached to it.  After the second chorus there was a lead guitar solo.  After the third chorus there was a second lead guitar solo.  This solo was more of a major solo section than the first.  The coda consisted of a Jason Bonham drum solo. 
5.) "All Falls Down" - This was an amazing ballad that had a classic late sixties early seventies feel to it.
6.) "The Gray" - There was a minor lead guitar solo over the top of this intro section.  There was a rhythm change for the musical verse.  The musical verse consisted of two different rhythm guitar arrangements.  There was a lyric line followed by a tom-tom pattern connecting the musical verse with the musical chorus. 
7.) "Days They Come" - Off all the songs this may have been my least favorite on the release.
8.) "Spit You Out" - I just fell in love with this track!!!
9.) "Strong" - This track consisted of two separate rhythm guitar tracks.  One was an electric riff and the other was an acoustic riff.  Underneath Glenn's vocals of the verse it sounded like there were little lead licks.  For the musical pre-chorus the band slowed the beats per minute down just a little.  There is a breakdown section after the chorus that consisted of Jason playing a tom-tom fill.   
10.) "Invisible" - This track opened with a rhythm guitar riff.  The main body of the intro had a Blues feel to it.  The musical and lyrical verse was classic Glenn Hughes.  Andrew's guitar sound had a Tony Iommi of Black Sabbath feel to it.  After the second chorus there was a major lead guitar solo section.    
11.) "Scars" - This intro consisted of two different rhythm guitar arrangements.  The musical verse had a classic Hughes feel to it.  I felt the choruses were a little on the abstract side.  There was a major lead guitar solo after the second chorus.  After the third chorus there was a second lead guitar solo.  This second lead guitar solo ran over the top of the coda and would be considered the major solo.
12.) "Breathe" -This was an amazing song that consisted of Jullian Lennon on backing vocals.

 




     When Joe Bonamassa made the decision to leave Black Country Communion instead of going their separate ways Glenn Hughes and Jason Bonham hired unknown guitarist Andrew Watt and formed California Breed.  Glenn is the ever-changing chameleon it seems with each release he changes his sound to keep it fresh.  For this latest release Glenn wrote songs that showcases not only his playing ability however also Jason's and Andrew's.  The songs are more on a heavy Funk/Rock side.  This is something Glenn has not done in a longtime.  Glenn recently stated in an interview that Jason can now hang his hat next to John's.  When I first read this statement I thought to myself "those are mighty big words".  However, after listening to this release I must agree!  There are times when Jason is playing that you actually cannot tell the difference between him and his dad!  This gives the songs a Led Zeppelin sound.  This is something the music business has needed for a very longtime!!!!  If you are a fan of Glenn Hughes or Led Zeppelin than this release is for you.