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Tony Iommi, one of the greatest guitarists ever, formerly of Black Sabbath(or still with, I don't know which), has teamed up with the former lead vocal man from Deep Purple, Glenn Hughes to make the awesome album "Fused."
Now, to me, Glenn Hughes sounds like Vince Neil from the second disc of "Red, White, & Crue", but who says that's a bad thing? Tony's guitar and Glenn's voice go hand-in-hand to make an album to remember.
I'm quite partial to using the track by track rating system:
1. Dopamine: Amazing intro to this album. Starts off with Iommi layin on an awesome intro for the song, then all the other instruments kick in. Finally Glenn starts in with the perfect vocals for Iommi's guitar. Eventually Tony plays an excellent solo. This song shows the new sound of Tony Iommi. 5/5
2. Wasted Again: Not as good as Dopamine, but this song is still awesome, none the less. It starts off with a Tony Iommi quality intro. Glenn does a bit of yelling in this one. Doesn't really suit my taste, but that's just my opinion. Tony breaks out another solo, though it just sounds like the rest of the song; nothing special. 4/5
3. Saviour of the Real: Starts off with a simple drum beat on the snare, then Iommi and the rest of the band kicks in. Tony keeps the same beat going until right before the chorus starts. Then comes another solo, better than the one in Wasted Again. Then it fades into the next song. 4.5/5
4. Resolution Song: We pick up where Saviour of the Real left off. Good guitar intro, then slows up a bit. For the chorus, it gets a little heavier. Glenn starts making some noise like I-eya, I-eya I-eya. The solo isn't anything special, but still sweet nonetheless. A pretty good song for the most part. 4/5
5. Grace: My favorite song on the album. Starts off with a dark-sounding guitar intro and drum beat to match. Then comes in Glenn with almost haunting vocals. Now here's the fun part. At about 3:05 into it, the song really picks up. Tony starts off with a sick riff, then enters the drums to easily make this the best part of the song. Then at 4:00, it goes back into a slower solo, then another chorus. Easily 5/5
6. Deep Inside a Shell: Probably my least favorite song on the album just because its the slowest. But the lyrics are really good, and probably where Glenn's voice is best. I don't know if I'd classify this as a power ballad because it's not the hardest song, but it's not exactly slow either. It sorta picks up at the chorus. And of course(sorry if I sound redundant about solos)the solo is still pretty good. 3/5
7. What You're Living For: This is where the album picks up after Deep Inside a Shell. The intro riff is amazing; heavy and fast, just the way Tony plays. For some odd reason, it slows down just a bit for the chorus, but as soon as it's done, it goes right back into the same riff as the beginning. Once again, the solo is something to remember. Just an all-out rocking song. 5/5
8. Face Your Fear: Starts off with a flippin sweet guitar riff, then enter drums and everything else. The riff changes at the verse, and again for the chorus. At this point, you don't really hear Tony's guitar as much as you do Glenn's voice. The solo starts more focused on the drums, then moves into an average guitar solo. Somewhat of a creepy song, but awesome all the same. 4.5/5
9. The Spell: Starts rather slow compared to the last couple of tracks. But it picks up a bit at the chorus, which I think is the best part of this song, along with the lyrics. For once, I actually like the lyrics of a song. They are, for lack of a better word, intriguing.
"Why did you forsake? You had to take, and now you're living in your hell.
The vow you break, you tried to shake, but it's so hard to break the spell."
Amazingly, there isn't a solo in this one. Still a fairly good song. 3.5/5
10. I Go Insane: One word to describe this ending. Amazing. Begins with what sounds like, maybe, an organ or something, followed by a drum roll, then Iommi playing a nice solo intro-ish thing. Then Tony pauses until the chorus while Glenn sings along to a slow, simple drum beat. Again, the lyrics intrigue me.
"When you leave, I go insane. When I can't breathe, I go insane. And you know inside my head, I go insane. I want you to forgive, cuz I don't really want to live."
Back to the same drum beat as before, and another chorus. But around 3:25, the beginning of a pretty good solo starts. Then at 4:18, things really pick up. Tony is magic with a guitar in his hands. At 5:10, he starts another riff, which leads up to the best part of possibly the whole album. This is just one long, amazing solo, and I never get tired of it. Eventually things settle down, then go back to the original chorus, then it fades out witht the same sound from the beginning. I can't think of a better ending for an album. 5/5
I would HIGHLY reccomend this album to ANYone who likes(not even has to love)rock, cuz this album will definitely get you hooked. It's one of those albums that doesn't get old, no matter how often you listen to it. Undoubtedly, overall, 5/5.