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Slash Featuring Myles Kennedy & the Conspirators – Apocalyptic Love
EMI

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Rating: B

Slash is back with a new solo album featuring Myles Kennedy on vocals. While he will always be unfairly expected to live up to GNR’s Appetite for Destruction, Slash has put those expectations behind him and focuses on simply cranking out some loud rock and roll from his trusty Gibson Les Paul.

This album is exactly what you would expect from Slash and Myles. It is very modern in its approach, exquisitely produced, well written and features tons of killer guitar solos. It is more song oriented than many of his previous efforts, probably due to Kennedy’s influence. The result is an album that keeps you coming back to it and keeps you cranking it up.
“Halo” may be the best song on the entire disc but other tunes including the title track, “No More Heroes” and “Anastasia” all have an infectious grooves. The album ends with one of the strongest guitar tracks on the album in “Crazy Life.” Slash fans will dig this one from start to finish.

One must admit that Slash has adopted a bit of a Buckcherry vibe on many tunes, mixing hard rocking riffs with rhythmic lyrics, once again, creating songs that are as much groove oriented as they are in your face rockers.

Slash has done himself proud with this one. Will it go down in history? Maybe and maybe not – it’s hard to tell these day as the music industry is in such turmoil. One can say that this is a good, and at times, damn good hard rock record. And for this writer, that’s good enough.

By Jeb Wright

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