I think Glenn Hughes has a big part in that.Black Country Communion is awesome also.
One thing you have to give to Joe is he's always working and collaborating with amazing musicians. As someone said his work with Beth Hart was great. His album, Driving Towards the Daylight with Brad Whitford guesting on it is a killer album. Lot's of covers on that one, but the best 2 songs on the album are originals.
I think Joe likes to poke the bear and generate some internet outrage from time to time. I believe he probably uses the word Fractal to by synonymous with "modeler", much as most North Americans use the word "Kleenex" when they want a tissue paper.