FUNK totally funks. Love the ballads. Oil and Water is a great tune especially the chorus. Imperfection is lovely. Love Where There's a Will in a big way. Crave is really cool not to mention Satellite. The solo in Love Communion is really nice as well.
Another fine effort from the Voice of Rock (and Funk).
Here's a snippet featuring the USA release of F U N KQuote
October 3rd, 2008
First Underground Nuclear Kitchen is the new album from former Deep Purple bassist Glenn Hughes, a daring, innovative musical chameleon who continues to push the envelope as far as it'll go.
Hughes' latest release, his 12th solo record, is due out Oct. 7 in the U.S. on Blistering Records, and if you take the first letters of each word in the title, you can pretty much figure out what the new record is all about. He is definitely out to bring the FUNK and bring it hard, albeit with heavy doses of soul and rock.
You can read more here
Here's a very amusing but astute review courtesy MetalJazz.comQuote
Glenn Hughes, “First Underground Nuclear Kitchen” (Blistering Records)
After hyping “F.U.N.K.” as his most fabulous and dazzling solo work, former Deep Purple and Black Sabbath singer-bassist Glenn Hughes (currently touring Russia!) first issued it only in Europe, then sneaked it into U.S. release three weeks ago with barely a whimper. And guess what? It’s fabulous and dazzling.
Hughes has front-loaded this monster with five of the hookiest, heaviest, dick-yankinest slabs ever cleft from the juicy butt of funk-rock. If you harbor reservations about vintage urban black music, you can stop reading now.
If you don’t, hold on, cuz this is like Rufus meets Aerosmith, or the Ohio Players meet Zeppelin. “Crave” squonks and parties down while making room for a sweet soul interlude. The title tune brings on horns, Sly vocal touches and smackdown rhythms. If the shuffling love ballad “Satellite” doesn’t have you breaking out the Courvoisier, you deserve no stank. “Love Communion,” which would’ve been unavoidable on radio 30 years ago, not only swaggers with unstoppable shoogabooga, but tosses in a shock-echo guitar solo and even a muted trumpet caress. Hughes requires only a two-note bass riff to get you grunting on “We Shall Be Free,” while laying on a stunning falsetto that’s only one example of the pinnacle to which his already daunting melismatic vocal prowess has now climbed.
After this knockdown songcraft, “F.U.N.K.” steamrolls you with its groove -- cushioning, crunching and incensing you into a state of sensual submission; check out, for instance, the combination of Chinesey acoustic strums and nasty electric riffing on “Oil and Water.” And if you ain’t slaughtered yet, wait till Hughes brings on a STRING QUARTET to introduce the epic “Too Late To Save the World,” which then proceeds to batter the door with its beat and inspire yer spirit with a crafted chorus and a spiraling instrumental bridge.
Ample credit must go to Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith, the most physical and funky stooge on the planet -- damn, does he kill. And on guitar, Luis Maldonado shows himself a master of a thousand tones who’s ready to go space truckin’ at the drop of a tab. Since in the past Hughes has teamed with Ritchie Blackmore, Tony Iommi and Jeff Kollman, it’s wise to lend an ear when he picks an axman.
Long off drugs, Hughes now has nothing but music to occupy him. Lucky we, the beneficiaries of his abstinence.
Thanks for this review, David! I liked it very much, even though I had to use the dictionary to fully understand it!!!
"Long off drugs, Hughes now has nothing but music to occupy him. Lucky we, the beneficiaries of his abstinence. " - I'm happy to be one of those beneficiaries
yeah, i'm glad to be one of the benificiaries too. always have been, always will be. thanks for the post David. it's always good to see Papa w/ some possitive exposure. it makes me want to go out and buy the record..... again
peace to you all,
We all know Glenn can sing in many different styles and it was hard to classify him in any one of those styles. Now with this latest review from Metal Jazz, we now have a new term for Glenn.
"The Voice of Shoogabooga"
Just visualize the t-shirts
I'll take a XXL, no sleeves, thanks. lol
Just visualize the t-shirts
Hey - you with the t-shirts!
Just get in line.
I've been waiting for the:
~ Glenn Hughes ~ The Voice of Latin ~
t-shirts to come out, ever since the Christmas CD was released, at the end of 2000.
And it better have some snappy Gregorian Chant artwork on it, too.
Yeah, yeah, I know.
"The Voice of Latin" t-shirt will be available, the day after "Hughes/Thrall II" comes out.......:(
Here's a just published USA based review of F U N K from All Access MagazineQuote
“First Underground Nuclear Kitchen”
Style (Funk / Rock)
All Access Magazine
I wasn’t expecting anything from this because of the basic artwork packaging on the promotional copy, but my expectations were nowhere close. This is truly a funky fun sounding CD that gives the 70’s sound an updated revival that would sound great live or at a party. The songs have some killer horn work, rippin’ grove guitars, fat bottom bass mixed with steady drums, all coagulated with Hughes mid-high pitch vocals that are a combination of rock howler blended with funk junkie. The advice I have for anyone catching this act live is to hang onto the bumpin’, grinding, swingin’ hips because someone just might get hurt. And don’t get me started with what might happen in the bedroom with this playing. All I can say is someone’s gonna need some ice later.
i think F.U.N.K. is one of the best albums glenn has recorded to date.
Simply love this album - have played it in the car non-stop.
End up putting Crave, FUNK and Love Communion on repeat and turning it up LOUD !
Well done Glenn !
I loved this album the moment I heard it but it took me a while to put my finger on why I like it so much. Aside from the great singing, the main thing I've noticed is that the bass and keyboards are frequently the main instruments, more so than perhaps on anything Glenn has done in quite a while. There are guitar parts, but "F.U.N.K." is not really a guitar album in the way that the other more recent GH albums are. Not only does this seem to inspire in Glenn a different kind of performance, but it also allows for more subtle coloring from the guitars, horns and other backing instruments. The rhythm is allowed to dominate, which after all is what funk is all about, as far as I'm concerned.
I agree, the bass is prevalent (and it don't lie :))
I have had FUNK in the car stereo for the last month without listening to anything else when I drive. "Imperfection"....all the songs..everyone of them have become really special to me. "Oil and Water" ...wow...I have never heard anything like Glenn's CDs...I love them right at first with my favorite songs (I think at the time), but then there comes this "oh yea, I get it" moment somewhere around the tenth time I hear it all the way through .. where the whole thing comes together for me, and I just can't get enough of it. It's happened with every one of them.
I should have also mentioned the drums! Chad Smith does amazing work with Glenn on "F.U.N.K." By the way, when I was talking about there being less guitar on "F.U.N.K." I should have been more precise and said less lead guitar or guitar solos than on some of Glenn's other recent albums. There is plenty of guitar playing on the album, but it is often rhythm guitar, funky scratch guitar.
I liked Music for the Divine better. Nevertheless, a nice addition to Glenn's discography. The guitar work is good and a little different but I think JJ has better solos. Highlights for me are Crave, Love Communion and Too Late to Save the World.
This Album blew me away! i've been listening to it almost nonstop and telling just about everyone I know about it. It's Really Powerfull and Deep and it's always great to see Glenn in such a great mood, just doing what he loves and does best! The band is super tight, and the Bass sounds HUGE! Definitely a Modern Classic that stands tall and takes no prisioners!
Have to agree, this is a classic, love this release