Slash ft Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators: Apocalyptic Love
Slash's self-titled solo debut was basically an excuse for a party in the studio with his mates, but it held together well.
He's back working with a band again, but any fears that they're there to provide a backdrop for gratuitous soloing are misplaced.
Apocalyptic Love is solid, if unspectacular, Sunset Strip sleaze rock, with song titles like One Last Thrill, Hard & Fast and Crazy Life, nice dirty boogie riffs, and singer Myles Kennedy's multi-octave wail.
No More Heroes has an echo of Sweet Child o' Mine, and there are a couple of obligatory slower, meditative Pearl Jam-type numbers.
Slash may be happy to simply be one of the boys instead of taking centre stage, but there's also a sense that he's selling himself short sometimes, as in the album's big riffing centrepiece, Anastasia.
Best tracks: One Last Thrill, Not For Me
- Reviews by Nick Ward; CDs for review from Everyman, Nelson.
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