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What Rock 'n' Roll Should Be,
This review is from: Apocalyptic Love (Audio CD)
'Apocalyptic Love' is credited as Slash's second solo album, but in truth, it's more like like the debut album of his new band. After a number of talented-but-unstable frontmen, Slash finally seems to have found his perfect musical partner in Myles Kennedy. The tight and propulsive rhythm section of Todd Kerns and Brent Fitz is a force to be reckoned with as well, rounding out "The Conspirators". The results of this collaboration is a thoroughly enjoyable hard rock record that marks some of the best work of all the players involved.
It may have taken decades in the business and several different bands along the way before finding each other, but Myles and Slash both compliment and push each other in mutually beneficial and interesting ways. Though his work in Alter Bridge is stellar, that band plays more to Kennedy's heavier, more metal sensibilities; with Slash, Kennedy gets to show off his looser, bluesier, rock 'n' roll side. Myles' voice is, quite simply, a thing of beauty, and the man is capable of singing just about anything. His assortment of high-pitched wails, soulful crooning, and lower-register vocals are the perfect compliment to Slash's playing, which, as usual, is phenomenal and instantly recognizable.
The album is a straight-up blast of hard rock, the kind Slash lives to play: melodic, riff-heavy, and with an abundance of his trademark solos. The joy behind the album is pretty apparent in every track, as well it should be; for the first time in years, perhaps ever, Slash is playing in a band that doesn't seem on the verge of imploding at any given moment. Amazingly, none of the album's 13 tracks (15 in the Deluxe Edition) feel like filler, for each of them carry their own groove and energy. Particular standouts include the title track, Standing in the Sun, You're a Lie, No More Heroes, Anastasia, and Far and Away, though in all honesty, these selections are merely personal preference. As others have mentioned, virtually any one of the tracks could be a viable candidate for a single. The album really is that good.
Most of the few negative reviews of this album seem to criticize it for what that particular reviewer wished it was, rather than what it actually is. Those who complain that Slash isn't "pushing his boundaries" or "experimenting" with his music are not only completely missing the point, they probably aren't very big fans of Slash in the first place. With 'Apocalyptic Love,' Slash has delivered precisely the type of album he loves to make: exciting, high volume, straight-up hard rock. With Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators, he has found the perfect band to realize his vision, and the results are not to be missed. Every member of the band has reason to be supremely proud of this record, and any fans of Slash, Myles Kennedy, or rock 'n' roll in general simply must check it out.