Label: J&R Adventures
Though Afterglow is far and away Black Country Communion's most confident and dynamic release to date, it reflects the outfit's increased reliance on the songwriting of Glenn Hughes. Unlike cofounder and guitarist Joe Bonamassa (who scaled back his contributions due to prior commitments), the iconic singer isn't nearly as beholden to traditional blues-rock. This means the album is significantly more eclectic and varied than its predecessors. There's epic balladry ("Afterglow," "The Circle"), The Who-inspired synth-bashers ("Midnight Sun") and even acoustic-flavored folk-rock ("The Giver").