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Album review: Slash, "Slash"


By Allison Stewart

Slash can't sing, so the former Guns N' Roses guitarist enlisted a motley assortment of veteran rock icons, Sunset Strip hangers-on and present-day pop stars to provide the vocals for his first official solo album, "Slash."

If you've ever wondered what a GnR album would sound like with Adam Levine from Maroon 5 subbing for Axl Rose, here's your answer: kind of strange, but not unpleasant. Everybody on "Slash" sounds like a disembodied, slightly harder, late-'90s version of themselves, as if they were auditioning for an early incarnation of Velvet Revolver.

(A rundown by category, after the jump.)

A rundown, by category:

All-Purpose Grizzled Vets
Ian Astbury, "Ghost": Remini(scent of a great unheard Cult track mixed with a techno-y version of "Welcome to the Jungle."

Ozzy Osbourne, "Crucify the Dead": "You cannot crucify the dead," reasons Ozzy on this freakishly mild number. We're pretty sure he's right about this.

Chris Cornell, "Promise": Cornell's role as frontman of the hair-metal-killing grunge behemoths Soundgarden would have made this sludgy semi-ballad/superpower summit unthinkable a decade ago. Otherwise, it's amiable but unremarkable.

Current Superstars Whose Participation Indicates They Were the Recipients of Poor Career Advice
Adam Levine, "Gotten": One of the disc's few slow songs, this unfortunately hews closer to a Maroon 5 ballad than to a post-millennial "November Rain."

Fergie, "Beautiful Dangerous": This slinky, hard-grinding pop-metal track suggests Fergie could have a future in stripper anthems, if she wanted one.

Recommended tracks: "Ghost" (Astbury), "Beautiful Dangerous" (Fergie)

By David Malitz  |  April 6, 2010; 9:15 AM ET
Categories:  Quick spins  | Tags: Slash  
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Comments

This is a great album....do not listen to this poor reviewer's narrow-minded taste in music. The songs aren't the greatest in the world, but they are much better than Allison Stewart describes - this album is definitely worth listening to and purchasing.

Posted by: sgmaniac | April 6, 2010 4:09 PM | Report abuse

Amen, sigmaniac! This is another review from someone that evidently has no taste for rock. It's a very good disc, and personally I thought the two Myles Kennedy songs and the Fergie effort were the three best of the fourteen cuts that are on it - although NONE of them are bad. Altogether, a worthy effort.
Buy it, and you will like it.

Posted by: trekkerfinch | April 6, 2010 4:40 PM | Report abuse

The album is not bad but it sounds like a compilation of artists instead of a Slash album.

All the songs sound like Slash was a guest guitarist in the artists bands instead of the other way around. Not to mention that all songs are predictable, formulaic and boring. This is another proof that Slash wasn't the brain behind Guns n' Roses, Slash could never have written songs like November Rain or Estranged, sure he wrote amazing solos and very cool riffs, but that's not song writing.

The guitar solos on this album are ok and is where Slash sounds Slash. If I had to compare them with the solos from Chinese Democracy, well, let's just say that the first time I heard "This I Love" solo I cried and "Shackler's revenge" made me go "WOW, how cool and amazing is this solo? On this album, I just felt "Yeah, they're good, pretty standard stuff."

I'm a huge Slash fan and I was expecting something a bit better to be honest. Good effort.

I'll give it 6/10 because some songs are good but stuff like Iggy Pop, Lemmy and Avenged Sevenfold guy actually made me laugh.

Posted by: Alex999 | April 7, 2010 3:26 AM | Report abuse

Another thing is the lack of feeling on this album. You can feel that the songs have to meaning to this singers, it feels just a song they had to sing because they were paid to. It didn't come from anyone's soul, there was no reason to write the song other than a contractual obligation.

This album is way too session musicians for my taste, where's the passion?

Even if you don't like Chinese Democracy, you can feel that he wrote the songs for a reason, to moan and rant about his issues, that's how he feels and he comes out of the music and that's what music is all about.

These singers just wrote some random lyrics to go with the riffs.

I just hate how uninspired and desperate this album sounds. Plus it's obviously a money making scam.

Posted by: Alex999 | April 7, 2010 5:10 AM | Report abuse

Iggy Pop is a vocalist on one of Slash's tracks. How can Ms. Stewart omit/overlook Iggy within her review? The only reason I am reading this drivel is to get some feedback on Iggy. btw, how old is Ms. Stewart? The Post has never been known for the depth and quality of its rock music reviews, but this click track blog is tragic! Where is J Freedom DuLac?

Posted by: bob_dylan_rocks | April 7, 2010 10:05 PM | Report abuse

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