Slash Revives Rock 'N' Roll with Brand New Deluxe Edition
Thu, 30 Sep 2010 16:52:23
Is there anything that Slash can't play?
On the brand new two-disc/one-dvd deluxe edition of his solo debut, aptly titled Slash, he rips through virtually every genre under the sun passionately, proficiently and perfectly. That's why Slash is such a rewarding offering. The legendary guitarist pushes his own limits and, at the same time, the limits of rock 'n' roll itself. Slash's axe-slinging is the sharpest that it's ever been. In fact, he's at his most incendiary and infectious. The gutter punk attitude of Appetite for Destruction courses through cuts like "Ghost" [Featuring Ian Astbury], "We're All Gonna Die" [Featuring Iggy Pop] and "Doctor Alibi" [Featuring Lemmy Kilmister]. Each riff rolls like a freight train with gusto and grit. "Crucify the Dead" [Featuring Ozzy Osbourne] is among Slash's best tunes. It's an epic and orchestral rocker that segues from symphonic swells into a jarring chorus riff. That's all before everything blasts into a searing solo.
Ozzy's voice swirls around with the psychedelic energy that made Black Sabbath so goddamn scary early on, and it's among Ozzy and Slash's finest work—a full record together would be every rock fan's dream come true. M. Shadows injects a thrash psychosis into "Nothing to Say," and Slash's ripping is at its speediest on this propulsive anthem. "Gotten" far and away should be blasting out of every pop station in the world melding Adam Levine's lush vocals with Slash's space sonic soliloquy. Then there's "Beautiful Dangerous" [Featuring Fergie]. Pop music has never been this badass, and Slash and Fergie were made to play together.
The deluxe edition is essential for all rock 'n' roll fans though. The second disc has got the English version of the progressively powerful "Sahara" [Featuring Koshi Inaba], which is cinematically visceral. The update on "Paradise City" adds Cypress Hill's slick rhyming and Fergie's undeniable crooning for a version that's faithful but fresh. "Mother Maria" genuinely stands out, pairing Beth Hart's angelic delivery with some of Slash's most poetic playing.
The biggest treat on the deluxe edition is the inclusion of more Myles Kennedy songs though. Myles [Alter Bridge frontman] is modern hard rock's most enigmatic and engaging frontman, and he and Slash have something extremely special together. The acoustic renditions of "Back to Cali" and "Fall to Pieces" exude a Led Zeppelin-style elegance with Kennedy's voice rising beautifully balanced with Slash's guitar. "Sweet Child O' Mine" genuinely stands out, showcasing Kennedy's range along with the classic opening—acoustic-fied! The singer further roars on the live rendition of "Nighttrain" which rocks as hard as ever.
In addition to two CDs locked and loaded with rock 'n' roll, a bonus DVD brings viewers up close and personal with Slash during the album's making-of and more.
This might just be the ultimate rock collection of 2010. Hail Slash…
5 out of 5 stars...
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