|Hughes Turner Project II||MTM Music|
I was, and remain, a big fan of the original Hughes Turner Project release last year. It was a great slice of Purple-esque hard rock, with both Glenn Hughes and Joe Lynn Turner paying tribute to their past and – if you look honestly at it – cashing in on it. But that's exactly what the fans wanted from them and they delivered.|
On Hughes Turner 2 we get something a little different. Yes, most of the album is more of the same great 70's inspired hard rock, but as you would hope, this second album sees the partnership between the guys grow stronger and they really have learnt to play off each other with increasing ease.
As their partnership matures, so does the songwriting for the project and HTP2 sees the guys experiment more and vary the style of the songs.
Not every track works as well as some, but the overwhelming majority sound great and overall the new album gives the classic debut a real run for it's money.
Track By Track:
Revelation is an easy pick to open the album – it's a big, brash, uptempo hard rocker that sees the guys trading lines and playing off each other beautifully.
Alone I Breathe is a little different. Featuring a darker tone, the 70's rocker features some tasteful Hammond organ, a prominent rhythm section and toned down guitar riff. The songs builds further towards the end – featuring some killer Glenn Hughes screams.
Losing My Head has a strong Led Zeppelin feel to it, from the guitar riff to the vocals. The hard edged verse breaks into a very smooth and melodic chorus, which is a nice contrast to the rest of the song.
Going My Way is pure classic rock, with a 70's verse, but a more commercial 80's Joe Lynn Turner sung chorus. Mostly a mid-tempo melodic rocker with a real groove to it, the song's chorus is one of those instantly memorable ones.
Hold On is yet another change of pace for the duo. Uptempo, but not as intense as earlier tracks, the song has an urgent feel to it, with an unusual chorus hook.
Lost Dreams is another cool song and something different for the guys. The 6 minute plus track rolls through a light and groovy verse and then into a chorus that just seems to sneak up on you. It's over before you know it, but comes back around again after a long musical interlude. One of the tracks of HTP2 that sees the guys stretching their abilities more.
Time And Time Again is a Joe Lynn Turner sung ballad and matches the vibe of his solo albums and while is nothing new, is very enjoyable thanks to the strong vocal performance.
Goodbye Friday is an album favourite. It's another track that features a groovy 70's swagger during the rock verse before breaking into a nice harmony drenched lengthy chorus.
Burning The Sky is pure Bad Company style 70's blues rock. It starts with a bang, but gets really laid back in the verse before the organ drenched chorus kicks in. A nice change of pace, but not an album highlight.
Sofia features a strong hook, and blazing guitars towards the end of the track. A nice mid-tempo classic rocker.
Let's Talk About It Later is another super cool track with a strong blues attitude. The softly spoken into and building drum beat has been done before, but is put to great effect. The track rocks through some fine vocals from Glenn Hughes singing with a monster attitude. I think the track is a little left of center and which will see it miss the mark with some listeners, but Hughes die-hards will love it!
The production on HTP2 is a little rougher than the debut, but remains solid enough. It suits the vibe of the songs and it's the quality there that is the overall strength of the album.
I think the album is just that little bit better than the debut – it is less commercial and a little tougher, and a little more experimental at the same time.
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