May 11, 2010

Slash Self-Titled Album Review

Artist: Slash
Album: Slash
Release Date: 4/06/2010
Tracks: 14
Run-Time: 59:57

Track Rundown:
(All ratings out of 5 *'s.)

1) "Ghost (feat. Ian Astbury of Cult)" - A great action film soundtrack song. Not strong or focused enough for radio-play but definitely not slacking in any department. Slash, as you would expect on his own album, kicks butt with a solo toward the end but keeps things flowing nicely through the entire song. 4 1/2 *'s.

2) "Crucify The Dead (feat. Ozzy Osbourne of Black Sabbath and solo work)" - As great as this combination of Slash and Ozzy are there feels like a missing element. Ozzy definitely brought his dark aura in full effect but it almost feels like he phoned it in on the vocals. Overall not an awful song, as it really does have a great vibe to it and good soul, but not one I'll ever remember unless I hear it thirty times. 3 1/2 *'s.

3) "Beautiful Dangerous (feat. Fergie of Black Eyed Peas and solo work)" - Fergie has her lapses in the verses but really makes up for it in the chorus. On a big picture perspective if you can look past the nitpicks that bug me about this song, it's really a solid track and deserves some media attention - a music video, some film or television soundtrack love, the whole nine yards. 5 *'s.

4) "Back From Cali (feat. Myles Kennedy of Alter-Bridge)" - As cool sounding as the verses are, Myles Kennedy does this weird echo-effect during the chorus that really puts me off. It's kind of like when one person starts singing row-row-row-your boat, and on the third "row" someone starts singing it from the beginning to do a tandem sound. But this attempt fails. Verses are pretty good but I can only give it 2 *'s.

5) "Promise (feat. Chris Cornell of Soundgarden and Audioslave)" - Better than anything off of Chris Cornell's last album. A strong message and a strong tune. It's not perfect by any means which I think comes on both Slash and Cornell's part. There are points where Slash's music doesn't seem to fit Cornell's vocals and parts where Cornell's vocals are just so far-gone than his glory days. But overall not a terrible song. I'll give it a generous 3 *'s.

6) "By The Sword (feat. Andrew Stockdale of Wolfmother)" - The promoted single of the album and definitely deserving to be so. Easily the best track I've heard so far on the album. This puppy will take you on a roller coaster and both men definitely put their hearts on the line on this one. 5 *'s.

7) "Gotten (feat. Adam Levine of Maroon 5)" - I'm a big mark for anything Adam Levine or Maroon 5-related so this track is a big hit for me. Basically it tells the tale of a bad dude who may not appreciate much in his life, but does appreciate his significant other who gets him like no one else. Slash goes very bluesy and it creates this very awesome hybrid sound that for some reason makes me think of Casablanca. 5 *'s.

8) "Doctor Alibi (feat. Lemmy Kilmeister of Motörhead" - Absolutely a great track. This almost reaches the level of George Thorogood's "Bad To The Bone" of 2010. 5 *'s.

9) "Watch This (feat. Dave Grohl of Nirvana and Foo Fighters, and Duff McKagan of Guns N' Roses and Velvet Revolver) - Get three of the greatest rock and roll minds in the past thirty years together, shut up, and listen. This is an instrumental track that can tell a whole two-to-three hour movie in a matter of less than four minutes. It's got it all and I couldn't love it more. 5 *'s.

10) "I Hold On (feat. Kid Rock)" - Not a bad song but for me, I'm not that big of a fan of modern gospely/preachy-Kid Rock. Some may like it more than me, so looking at it from an artistic perspective I'll give this track a respectable 3 1/2 *'s.

11) "Nothing To Say (feat. M. Shadows of Avenged Sevenfold)" - Sounds so much like Avenged Sevenfold that I have a hard time believing that it's not. But I really like Avengend Sevenfold, so that's a plus. 5 *'s.

12) "Starlight (feat. Myles Kennedy)" - This track is kind of a letdown because it has this 1950's/1960's school slow dance soft rock kind of vibe and Kennedy is doing great, then in the chorus his pitch goes THROUGH THE ROOF! Possibly the most irritating thing to interrupt a a great thing since your mom walking in-front of your TV while you're in dire straights on a game. 2 1/2 *'s.

13) "Saint Is A Sinner Too (feat. Rocco DeLuca) - I see the artistic value of the track but it's definitely not my cup of tea. It's not good driving music, it's not good moping music, it's not good soundtrack music. It's kind of just a cross between gospel and Little Drummer Boy. An overall shotty song and really my least favorite, but again, due to the artistic value, I'll give it a generous 2 1/2 *'s.

14) "We're All Gonna Die (feat. Iggy Pop of The Stooges)" - Not bad in terms of delivery but as you can probably tell from the title, the lyrics rely heavily on shock value and grows tiresome quickly. Really not my cup of tea. 1 1/2 *'s.

My Highlights:
"Beautiful Dangerous", "By The Sword", "Gotten", "Doctor Alibi", and "Watch This". Look this up on youtube or wherever you can find them.

Overall Rating:
Tallying up the ratings for all the tracks and averaging the ratings, the overall rating comes to 3 3/4 *'s out of 5, but for the boldness of Slash to invite an all-star cast on his solo album and deliver way more hits than even remote-misses, I'm going to use my super special brownie-point big-picture powers to add 1/2 *, making this album worth 4 1/4 *'s out of 5! I don't suggest anyone spend their hard earned money on any album rated below 3*'s, but this one is far and above the bar.

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