Slash
Living the Dream


3.2
good

Review

by manosg STAFF
September 29th, 2018 | 32 replies


Release Date: 2018 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Walmart rock or something more?

Those who have followed Mr. Saul Hudson throughout his career (or jammed 2-3 LPs in which he participates), will already have an idea what his latest release is about; guitar-oriented radio-friendly hard rock. So, going into a new Slash album is often a rather familiar experience since what differs among his releases is the level of execution. Nonetheless, Living the Dream is quite refreshing and bittersweet at the same time. Refreshing, because Slash once again decided to work with the same band instead of using multiple vocalists and also because the album’s runtime is maintained at a reasonable level. As a result, his latest release is more consistent with a better flow than Slash and is also a less tiresome listen compared to World on Fire. At the same time, realizing that a 53-year old Slash can write better modern hard rock than a lot of acts out there without copying blatantly or sounding like a derivative of some ‘70s band is quite disappointing to think of.

Chances are that in a few months from now you will not feel the urge to jam Living the Dream and most of you will not listen to this one more than 2-3 times. However, if you’re into sleazy hard rock which has its roots to Aerosmith and Rolling Stones or if you’re a fan of Guns N' Roses, you’ll find a few redeeming qualities here. It’s fun, uplifting, energetic, features nice melodies, plenty of hooks and some really good vocals by one of rock’s better modern vocalists. As one might expect, Slash’s playing is the highlight of the LP with an array of groovy riffs and especially great licks and solos. The songwriting isn’t anything to write home about but each track has its moments. For example, “My Antidote” with its intro riff that brings to mind “You Could Be Mine”, has some really catchy vocal lines whereas the straightforward “Mind Your Manners” is extremely memorable. Of course, there are a few changes of pace with some slower tracks such as “Lost Inside the Girl”, “The One You Loved Is Gone” and “The Great Pretender”, even though the latter two are among the least interesting songs of the album as they tend to border on corny. Another aspect that won’t impress, is the loud production which doesn’t suit particularly a hard rock LP; a more vintage sound closer to AC/DC’s with Robert John "Mutt" Lange might have been much more appropriate.

To sum up, Living the Dream won’t add anything spectacular to Slash’s resume but it won’t subtract either. Granted, the songwriting is a bit better than average and these guys play it really safe. However, Slash’s performance is enough to make the album a very enjoyable listen as he still seems to be able to write great solos that not only fit the songs but also improve them. Not bad for a 53-year old rocker.



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manosg
Staff Reviewer
September 29th 2018


11740 Comments

Album Rating: 3.2

Better production and a slightly improved songwriting would have made this one great.

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Voivod
Staff Reviewer
September 29th 2018


8376 Comments


^^Speaking about sound work...

A little while ago, I jammed the first single from the upcoming album of Alice Cooper's guitarist Nita Strauss, and I was surprised by how flat the whole thing sounded.

Granted, it was a YouTube link, but poor sound tends to become an epidemic in the so-called "major" artists circuit, for example, Doro's latest album..

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manosg
Staff Reviewer
September 29th 2018


11740 Comments

Album Rating: 3.2

Absolutely. It's like they don't care, as long as the brand name alone brings sales.



And agreed about the new Doro. For some reason first time I heard it, I really liked it but second time not so much. Which also begs the question why some of the major artists don't bother reducing their albums' running times?

sonictheplumber
September 29th 2018


10414 Comments


funny ass summary

sonictheplumber
September 29th 2018


10414 Comments


this records probably already 5 dollars

Evok
September 29th 2018


7702 Comments


bargain bin bangers

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Dewinged
Contributing Reviewer
September 29th 2018


16295 Comments


Holy hells, that's an ugly ass cover. I enjoyed his first two albums but never got into the Miles era.

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chug73
September 29th 2018


3799 Comments


Myles is a great singer, I've always had a soft spot for his work with Slash.
The production here is too modern, drums are compressed waaaaay too much.

chug73
September 29th 2018


3799 Comments


I feel like Slash is at the point in his career where he could release some really out there shit but he seems to be sticking to the "no-nonsense rock dude" thing.

Darius the Great
September 29th 2018


20660 Comments


"walmart rock" is a deliciously hilarious term

Arcade
Staff Reviewer
September 30th 2018


134 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

always consistent, never impressive. it's a slash album.

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manosg
Staff Reviewer
September 30th 2018


11740 Comments

Album Rating: 3.2

Glad you like the walmart thing guys.



"drums are compressed waaaaay too much"

Exactly. Jammed another rock album before this one and the first thing that really stood out was the drum compression. It's awful.

Sinternet
September 30th 2018


19758 Comments


this guy has never written a worthwile song in his career

bloc
September 30th 2018


56487 Comments


Funny you mention Wal-Mart because the album cover has those yellow smiley faces that Wal-Mart uses in their ads lol

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sonictheplumber
September 30th 2018


10414 Comments


i read slash's autobiography because i read all rock bios my library got (before i got banned for losing a rasputin biography and not being able to pay for it) and i lost more respect for the dude. he's a dude who's had it made his entire life, wealthy parents who designed costumes for rockstars, and he has sabotaged himself consistently time and time again. not that it matters cause he's still rich from appetite and use your illusion

sonictheplumber
September 30th 2018


10414 Comments


he mentions his perseverance and extreme adversity and how strong he is for quitting heroin but he quits for like 3 weeks at a time then starts again

Source
September 30th 2018


12312 Comments


Yikes that album cover is really something

J() Alexander
October 1st 2018


7673 Comments


This just looks like one of the most boring things ever created.

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Larkinhill
October 1st 2018


3125 Comments


This just looks like one of the most boring things ever created (2)

frozencarl
October 1st 2018


711 Comments


people still think Slash is real?

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