Wednesday, April 7, 2010
Slash Solo Album Review: Pick up some Nighttrain and crank the music!
Rating: **** out of ***** stars.
I recently reviewed Slash's new self-titled solo album for The Daily Iowan. Below is an excerpt from the review, as well as a link to the entire article. This is a truly great CD from the former Guns N' Roses guitarist.
"Slash’s curly black hair, top hat, sunglasses, and dangling cigarette are as much a part of the guitarist’s trademark as the riffs on “Sweet Child o’ Mine,” “Welcome to the Jungle,” or any other Guns ’N’ Roses hit.
However, no one can say he has let all the fame get to his head. Slash has always been an honest guitar player, one who relies more on emotion than fancy pyrotechnics. This is part of the reason his playing on the latest solo album, Slash, works so well, perfectly complementing the guest vocalists and musicians he invites to perform over his spicy rock ’n’ roll licks.
Almost every song on the album — from the crunchy opener “Ghost,” featuring the Cult’s Ian Astbury (vocals) and former Guns ’N’ Roses guitarist Izzy Stradlin, to “I Hold On,” which is led by a vocal performance from Kid Rock — flows better than the listener might expect."
Check out the rest of the review on the DI's website.
Oh, and as much as I hate pluggin' The Tonight Show with Jay Leno after he replaced the mighty Conan, here is a recent clip from the late-night talk show of Slash playing the first single off the album, "By the Sword".
(Note: This is one of the less interesting tracks on the album, but it's still cool)