While he’s released a pair of albums with side project Slash’s Snakepit and lent his skills to countless other efforts over the years, the former Guns N’ Roses axeman has yet to release a proper solo album until this month’s eponymous outing, Slash. Reading like a “who’s who” of popular music, Slash has teamed up with an eclectic mix of A-list frontmen (and in one case, frontwoman) for 14-tracks of solid rock music.
Truth be told, this record perfectly epitomizes why Slash is so highly regarded: his talent is unparalleled and effortlessly equisite from start to finish. His style varies from track to track and undoubtedly outshines his collaborators throughout.
While vocally, the most impressive tracks include the Ian Astbury (The Cult) opener “Ghost,” in addition to both Myles Kennedy (Alter Bridge) numbers, “Back To Cali” and “Starlight,” it’s safe to say that each song on the album exceeds expectations by a long shot. Andrew Stockdale’s (Wolfmother) “By The Sword” reminds listeners that Slash’s abilities completely transcend genres, as he impressively transitions between a soulful, blues-inspired sound and a pummeling, hard-rock vibe.
While certain pairings appear somewhat risky, most notably Fergie (Black Eyed Peas) and Adam Levine (Maroon 5), the album as a whole is an absolute winner and a true must-have for any music fan. Slash has undeniably re-established himself as an exceptional performer, in addition to being the greatest guitar player of our generation.
Slash Track Listing:
01. “Ghost” (featuring Ian Astbury)
02. “Crucify the Dead” (featuring Ozzy Osbourne)
03. “Beautiful Dangerous” (featuring Fergie)
04. “Back from Cali” (featuring Myles Kennedy)
05. “Promise” (featuring Chris Cornell)
06. “By the Sword” (featuring Andrew Stockdale)
07. “Gotten” (featuring Adam Levine)
08. “Doctor Alibi” (featuring Lemmy Kilmeister)
09. “Watch This” (featuring Dave Grohl and Duff McKagan)
10. “I Hold On” (featuring Kid Rock)
11. “Nothing To Say” (featuring M. Shadows)
12. “Starlight” (featuring Myles Kennedy)
13. “Saint Is a Sinner Too” (featuring Rocco DeLuca)
14. “We’re All Gonna Die” (featuring Iggy Pop)
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