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4.0 out of 5 stars Rock & FN Roll!!!, April 6, 2010
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Ever since I read in Slash's book that he planned to do a "Slash and Friends" record I looked forward to the day it happened. Well that day is here, albeit under a different title. "Slash and Friends" was kind of a corny name anyway; the self-titled Slash is much cooler. Although I wouldn't be surprised to see this record's name ultimately default to the little inscription on the cover that reads "R&FNR". In fact that's exactly how I will refer to it for the rest of this review.

And R&FNR is certainly an apt title, because this is a great Rock and FN Roll record. You get a nice array of rock musicians combined with a nice array of rock vocalists to lift Slash to what I hope will be a big selling record for the guy. It goes without saying that Slash rips it up on every song. I dare say that R&FNR may be Slash's best recording since Appetite for Destruction...okay, at least Contraband.

Slash is joined by many different players across the 14 tracks included on the Amazon MP3 release, including to name a few: most of his former GNR members (except Axl), Dave Grohl & supposedly Travis Barker (but darned if I can figure out or find info on exactly which song(s) it is that Barker is playing on). And on vocals, the guest appearances and songs sound like this:

1. "Ghost" featuring Ian Astbury of The Cult. Great hard rocker to start the record.
2. "Crucify the Dead" with Ozzy. 'Slow & go' rocker with Taylor Hawkins of Foo Fighters banging the drums.
3. "Beautiful Dangerous" featuring Fergie of Black Eyed Peas. That's right...Fergie!...and she rocks. Hey, I don't know if you had a chance to see her blow the doors off Madison Square Garden singing Gimme Shelter with Mick Jagger in the HBO televised 25th Anniversary Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Concert in October 2009, but this pop singer can rock.
4. "Back from Cali" has Myles Kennedy from Alter Bridge. Good rock song. Myles has some pipes. Rumor is that Myles will be will be Slash's touring singer to promote R&FNR.
5. "Promise" with Chris Cornell of Soundgarden, but you get more of the Audioslave Cornell on R&FNR...a slowish rock groover.
6. "By the Sword" has Andrew Stockdale of Wolfmother howling out a slow and heavy Zeppelinesque rocker.
7. "Gotten" Adam Levine of Maroon 5 croons through this somewhat of a ballad that picks up for a bit in the middle when Slash solos.
8. "Doctor Alibi" Lemmy Kilmister deliverers what you'd expect from the Moterhead vet...a punk influenced rocker.
9. "Watch This" features Dave Grohl back behind the drum kit & Duff McKagan on bass for a heavy instrumental worthy of the title that I'd really love to see the three of these guys do live. Slash lights up the album with some serious shredding.
10. "I Hold On" with Kid Rock doin' his country rock thing.
11. "Nothing to Say" M Shadows from Avenged Sevenfold joins Slash for perhaps the heaviest track on the recording. A good hard rock tune, and the A7X influence is loud and clear.
12. "Starlight" Myles Kennedy is back for another track with a bluesy rock vibe. Kennedy can really sing.
13. "Saint is a Sinner Too" On this one a guy named Rocco DeLuca (who?) lays down the vocals for a ballady kinda tune with a slow marching beat in the background.
14. "We're All Gonna Die" Iggy Pop joins Slash on the last track for a foot stompin' party anthem that suggests, "We're all gonna die, so let's get high!"

There are even more tracks available depending on what retailer or what country you buy the disk or download from (including guest appearances by Steven Adler, Flea, Cypress Hill & Alice Cooper). But the above is what you get from Amazon.

R&FNR should, but probably won't, get enough airplay on the radio. Too many Rock radio stations these days (like Octane on Sirius) play cookie-cutter rock that for whatever reason have decided that songs with guitar solos aren't cool. This record defies that stupid theory and will hopefully help set an example for modern rock.

So all in all is R&FNR a masterpiece? No, but it is a very good Rock record. Buy it now.
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Initial post: Apr 6, 2010 3:10:47 PM PDT
I got it this morning and listened to the first 5 songs while driving to work and I have to say that so far this is a winner, Slash is a versatile and sometimes underrated guitarist and he acomplish to give each song a different flavor that matches the singer on each song.

Posted on Apr 6, 2010 9:27:15 PM PDT
Very good review. I was skeptical about this record coming out with Slash doing the whole Santana thing with various vocalists. Slash was my favorite guitarist as a kid as I learned all about the harder side of rock. When I listened to this album as a whole I was quite impressed by how the songs seem to flow together. There are a few tracks I haven't gotten into yet, including the one featuring Kid Rock. I never could get into his country rock style. I agree with your last sentence. This is a very good rock record.

Like you, I was curious as to which tracks Barker played drums on. According to the album credits, Josh Freese plays drums on all but two tracks, and the other two are clearly identified as having someone other than Barker play the drums for.

Myles Kennedy has been confirmed as the touring vocalist.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 7, 2010 8:31:16 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 8, 2010 6:17:06 AM PDT
Sky says:
Hey. Danny. Thanks for the comment. Maybe Barker is on the bonus tracks that aren't on the Amazon release. Barker's profile at Wikipedia says that he plays drums on several tracks and some article with Matt Sorum has him quoted as saying that he (Sorum) won't be on Slash's album but Barker will. If you search YouTube for "Slash Barker" you come up with them performing together last November, but I can't confirm that any of those performances were recorded and put on the disk as bonus tracks. Oh well. Thanks for confirming the Myles Kennedy gig.

Sky

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 7, 2010 10:32:50 AM PDT
Monkdude says:
Hey Sky. Thanks for letting me know about this one. I think I'll be picking it up soon. I hope there are some killer Slash solos on it!

MD

Posted on Apr 7, 2010 4:55:09 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 7, 2010 4:55:42 PM PDT
Rocco DeLuca is an under-appreciated but fantastic singer/guitarist/songwriter who recently released an outstanding album, "Mercy," produced by Daniel Lanois. Rocco was originally discovered (or at least given publicity) by Keifer Sutherland...

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 8, 2010 6:16:40 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 9, 2010 1:40:36 PM PDT
Sky says:
Hey, MD. If you like Slash or you just like rock, you won't be disappointed with R&FNR.

Carl, thanks for the Rocco insight.

Sky

Posted on Apr 9, 2010 2:35:41 AM PDT
G. Stevens says:
Nice review. I usually can't do a review until a couple of weeks after I buy a record because I never know if I really like the album or not after the first couple of listens. Gotta love "Ghost" though. Slash & Ian Astbury are a great match imo!

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 9, 2010 1:45:08 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 9, 2010 1:45:54 PM PDT
Sky says:
Hi, GS. I agree with you about Astbury. As I was listening to R&FNR today, I thought how cool it would be if Slash and Ian teamed up for a full record. Ghost is my favorite on the album. Thanks for the comment.

Sky

Posted on Jul 8, 2012 3:27:15 PM PDT
The Lion says:
Well done! I agree with your assessment of this record. A very good record with a couple of songs I could probably live without, but overall it lives up to the title. You can see why GNR became the juggernaut they were---Slash makes the musicians around him sound better because he's so good.
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