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Slash Album Review

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Slash Album Review

On the face of it this album would have the critics crying ‘sell out’ with the inclusion of Pussycat Doll Nicole Scherzinger and Black Eyed Peas singer Fergie, but one listen will dispel any fears that Slash has lost his primal rock n roll chops.
It’s testament to Slash that he can bring together names as big as Dave Grohl, Ozzy Osbourne and Alice Cooper on one record and leave all egos behind for a feel good album of simple rock tunes. Each track features one or a number of guest stars singing or backing Slash’s trademark guitar sound. By The Sword (featuring Wolfmother frontman Andrew Stockdale) is so Zeppelinesque in its approach, it’s no wonder Robert Plant has committed himself to country shenanigans with Alison Krauss. Doctor Alibi sounds like the finest song Motorhead never wrote and Alter Bridge singer Myles Kennedy’s two tracks prove why he was a prospect for the proposed return of Led Zeppelin.
Quite simply this album is a belter; best summed up by Slash himself describing it as a ‘backyard barbecue record’, a simple get-together with the loveable guitarist and just a handful of names from his phonebook for our listening pleasure. Packing more memorable tunes than the last Velvet Revolver album, one must begin to question whether it is even worth the struggling supergroup carrying on when music this good is waiting in the wings.


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