Slash is mostly famous for his work in Guns N’ Roses, and that was simply awesome. After mishaps with Axl, he left and had a few bands. But it was only very recently that he made his own solo album. Being a massive Slash fan, I was excited, but worried if it would just lead on to be all hype.
Imagine if the album was a movie, with all your favorite actors. That’s how this was for me. That was just the hype. Some songs on the album really stand out, such as Beautiful Dangerous featuring Fergie. I haven’t lost my mind, nor am I a fan of the Black Eyed Peas. Wolfmother’s Andrew Stockdale sung for Slash on By The Sword. Aside from the cheesy lyrics, this is another high-light of the album.
While being a great album, every track sounds like a ballad. This may be a great thing to some people, but may get boring after the first few songs. But Slash fans will enjoy it the whole way through. The album is fairly varied, Saint is a Sinner Too (featuring Rocco DeLuca) closely resembles classical guitar songs. I thought this was a nice addition, and even the hardcore Slash fans may enjoy something lighter.
While the album is great, it feels like Slash tried to shape his song around the singer’s style (listen to Crucify the Dead featuring Ozzy) and while he does a great job of mimicking, it feels somewhat “forced.”
All in all, the album is great to listen to, and will please Slash fans everywhere, but may sound boring to others.
- Irvine & JB.