Slash "iTunes Session" Review — 4.5 out of 5 Stars
Tue, 28 Dec 2010 11:11:54
Slash's iTunes Session is just as mindblowing as one of his solo shows.
This six-song collection recorded exclusively for iTunes captures the same kind of raw and reckless raucousness that the legendary guitarist emanates nightly on stage alongside singer Myles Kennedy [Alter Bridge]. Together, Slash and Kennedy share a timeless chemistry that's reminiscent of Jimmy Page and Robert Plant but with a sharp, fresh edge that's distinctly theirs. That bond fuels these recordings. Just like at one of his live gigs, Slash's set encompasses Guns N' Roses, Velvet Revolver and his solo debut, Slash. Kennedy infuses "Sucker Train Blues" with his own attitude, while preserving the song's soul. Slash practically burns right through his fret board on the solo, eloquently thrashing like only he can. His fret work is equally explosive on "Back to Cali" one of his original cuts with Kennedy. The guitar god snaps from a bluesy intro jam into a lighter-raising chorus that's sly, sleek, and scorching. "Back to Cali" is bound to be remembered among Slash's most revered anthems as is the gorgeously grandiose "Starlight." Kennedy's voice roars with a unique elegance, while Slash oscillates from a dazzling lead into a melodic ethereal hum.
Appetite for Destruction's "Rocket Queen" becomes even more of a treat with an extended jam that further illuminate's Slash's prowess and how powerful Kennedy's pipes can be on the falsetto. Furthering the Zep correlation, Slash and Kennedy create the heaviest rendition of "Communication Breakdown" ever, making the rock gods proud while tearing through the senses in their own way.
"Fall to Pieces" from Contraband rounds out this collection with a heavenly refrain and some of Slash's most sensitive and soaring axe work yet. If you can't make it to one of Slash's shows with Ozzy Osbourne this winter, be sure to pick up his iTunes Session now. If only it were longer! It's the next best thing, and it sees the premiere modern guitar god shredding it up alongside one of the day's most powerful voices.
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