Hadn't seen anything here about this yet. The new Black Country Communion album Afterglow dropped this week. It's probably the weakest of the three BCC albums, but it's also a grower. If you pick it up, give it at least 3 or 4 listens before you judge it. Some of the tracks are really starting to become favorites of mine.
My impressions so far: you can tell that Joe Bonamassa wasn't as involved this time around (his schedule got in the way). His playing isn't as over-the-top as on BCC II, and they apparently didn't have enough time to dial in as fantastic lead tone for him as before. Merely a very good tone. In some ways this is a good thing. Joe still plays great, but this album sounds like more of a band effort, and not merely the "Glenn and Joe Show." Derek Sherinian, in particular, gets more space to play, both leads and support.
The writing credits are a little more evenly distributed this time around, since much of the music was written on the BCC tour--Glenn Hughes wrote all the lyrics later. In terms of writing, the first two albums were basically Glenn Hughes albums with a couple Bonamassa songs thrown in for good measure. Glenn's still the majority writer here, but there are also a few songs that don't sound like something he'd do on a solo album.
There isn't much YouTube for this album yet--here's the one song I could find. It's not the best one on the album.
[VIDEO]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2uxQ3WqY5WE]Black Country Communion - The Confessor - YouTube[/VIDEO]
I must check this out. I liked the last album, they are a much better supergroup than some of the other efforts lately like Chickenfoot. They have some good songs and great musicianship to boot.