Slash
Slash


4.0
excellent

Review

by Professor USER (5 Reviews)
May 1st, 2010 | 15 replies | 7,666 views


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A Solo Triumph With Impeccable Co-Pilots From The GN'R Legend

2 of 2 thought this review was well written

It’s all enough to make you wonder how good Axl Rose really was. OK, just kidding, but there’s enough here to suggest that anyone sitting opposite the top-hated riff lord could sound godlike, and – although the thread running through these 13 sterling tracks is Slash’s inimitable relationship with his fretboard – every single one has an identity and so-cool-it-hurts vibrancy, all its own.

Really, could The Cult’s Ian Astbury sound anything less than completely heroic with a thrilling, trimmed-to-the-bone rocker like opening salvo “Ghost”? And could anyone backing Ozzy Osbourne for the understated, melancholic sizzle follow-up “Crucify The Dead” really dare attempt to overpower the Prince Of Darkness?

M Shadows’ jackhammer “Nothing To Say” is a snarling howitzer-paced belter rocketing downstroked riffs and wrathful ire that only bodes brilliantly for his upcoming tribute to The Rev with Avenged Sevenfold.

Lemmy Kilmister’s “Doctor Alibi” is a barn-storming “F*** you” off a ditty with a hilariously autobiographical “Doctor…don’t you know that I feel alright doing what I do/I ain’t gonna tow the line until I’m turning blue” chorus that’s the funny flipside to the forlorn balladry of Myles Kennedy’s Jeff Buckley loving “Starlight”.

It’s a credit to Slash’s musicianship that his playing never overshadows whoever is behind the mic; rather he makes them sound good, as if he’s amplified their abilities, a point hammered home by the swaggering, strip-club destined infectiousness of “Beautiful Dangerous” with Fergie. It’s one part The Who’s “Who Are You” two parts Kid Rock’s “Cowboy” and completely badass. Sure, she sings for Black Eyed Peas, but it’s really through the lens of Slash’s playing that her credentials shine through, as they do for a tag-team with Cypress Hill for an explosive reinterpretation of “Paradise City” (only available on the standalone Fan Pack edition). It’s gloriously slick and testament to both Slash’s magnetism and incredibly diverse abilities as a player.

The star-studded proceedings, take a candlelit moment with Chris Cornell’s “Promise” which, evidently, is merely sonic tenderizer before the colossal weight of “By The Sword” with Wolfmother’s Andrew Stockdale. With an acoustic intro and a slow building chorus big enough to register an 11 on the Zeppelin scale, it’s here that his collaborative curiosity cabinet morphs into something landmark and anthemic.

The process of ceremonies would not be complete without Slash taking centre stage though which he does for the instrumental “Watch This” alongside none other than four-stringing comrade Duff McKagan and Dave Grohl behind the drum kit. A storming jam-sesh packed with “Use Your Illusion riffage”. Its sheer rocking joy caught on disc until a solo wailing and stately enough to make David Gilmour blush kicks in.
This album isn’t just about flying the flag but taking the battle to charts that are overrun by banality, soullessness and criminally misrepresentative of just how huge this rock and metal thing really is.

It’s a release the world needs to hear; a one-off intersection of unsurpassed talents and a snapshot of the state of rock’ n ‘ roll in 2010. By the sound of this gem, it’s in very good hands indeed.


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Comments:Add a Comment 
Piglet
May 1st 2010



4644 Comments


Been reviewing like a hamster on coffee.

porch
May 1st 2010



8390 Comments


He's obviously had these reviews for a while on other sites and is just submitting them one by one here

wakeupdead
May 1st 2010



2196 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

"although the thread running through these 13 sterling tracks is Slash’s inimitable relationship with his fretboard"
14 tracks
"Top-hated"
Top-hatted, not hated lol

Professor
May 1st 2010



15 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

It's 13 tracks with him accompanying another musician on the frontline of the vocal section - the 14th track is instrumental with him at the forefront of the song. The emphasis of my intro is that this album is about these 13 tracks where several musicians lead the song with him accompanying it. I wasn't counting tracks.

Emim
May 1st 2010



26195 Comments


He's obviously had these reviews for a while on other sites and is just submitting them one by one here


Hans Gruber... We should start a league of supervillians.

JWT155
May 1st 2010



9184 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I need to listen to this again soon, really enjoyed it on my first listen. Probably gonna bump to at
least a 3.5.

AnotherBrick
May 1st 2010



9766 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

surprised it actually has a 3.6. figured most sputnikers would 1 it just because its slash and he's "sold out"

Parallels
May 1st 2010



6640 Comments


i saw this in my local record store. wasnt interested.

porch
May 1st 2010



8390 Comments


Oh? I bought twelve copies of it

tiesthatbind
May 1st 2010



7360 Comments


I've only heard a few tracks, mainly the Myles Kennedy ones, but the album sounds like a 3-3.5 for me, I really should listen to the rest of this soon.

WhiteNoise
May 1st 2010



2879 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

It's a basic album, but it's a bloody fun basic one. Lovin' this album.

Digging: Eagulls - Eagulls

Asiatic667
May 1st 2010



4647 Comments


So this looks and sounds terrible

Bitchfork
May 1st 2010



7584 Comments


so does kick-ass

ExcavatedSkull00
May 1st 2010



59 Comments


Slash my wrists

danielcardoso
July 22nd 2013



855 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

There are some awesome songs in this album.
It really surprised me.



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