"Down Again" is a rhythm monster. Hughes' bass talents are on full display chugging alongside Bonham's indisputable DNA. Bonamassa grinds out a riff to propel this locomotive forward and then Hughes trots out his best vocals on the entire album, possibly some of the finest in his career. Joe gets a brief solo in at the three-minute mark and Shernian gets over a minute to carry us out of the song on some hypnotizing keyboards.
It would be easy to assemble (and, just as easily, to dismiss) a project such as Black Country Communion as a slapdash classic rock Frankenstein's monster. But it works. There's a richness and vibrancy about the whole project that cannot be denied. The fact that a second volume is due in a month is promising and, as I have noted recently, the second record will be telling. The U.S. tour starts June 9 with international dates starting June 23. Based on one incredible record - and especially one great song - I'm going to drive 100 miles to check these guys out in the flesh. I cannot wait.