Miss Shug’s Music Rack: The New Slash Album
A few weeks ago while driving my Mustang with the stereo cranked, I heard a song on my local rock station I did not recognize. It sounded like a modern/medieval metal version of White Snake meets Thin Lizzy meets a raucous King Arthur’s Knights of the Roundtable meeting. This very thing makes me quite excitable, so when I got home I checked the station’s play list and holy shit! I just happened upon the first release off Slash’s new solo record simply titled Slash.
The song I creamed my bucket seats over is titled “By the Sword.” The howling pipes were none other than Wolfmother’s singer Andrew Stock. This tune is just the first of a monster list of rock n roll royalty: Iggy Pop (Stooges), Lemmy Kilmeister (Motorhead), Ian Astbury (The Cult), Dave Grohl (Nirvana & Foo Fighters), ex G n R band mate Duff McKagen, Cris Cornell (Soundgarden and Audio Slave) and none other than the Prince of Darkness himself, Ozzy Osbourne. For those who like their heavies a little lighter, never fear. How about some Fergie, Kid Rock or Adam Levine? The ladies will LOVE the Maroon 5 crooner’s song “Gotten.” Make no mistake; Slash leaves nothing behind on any song when it comes to his shredding, soulful guitar leads and solos. I’m a Les Paul junkie and his tone makes me crazy because it’s so damn 70’s analog fuzzy cherry maple syrup! I would eat his tone for breakfast if it were possible!
Slash proves not only is he a great modern day guitar hero, but also a capable contemporary rock n roll composer. I listened to a radio show he hosted and told the story behind the creation of “Slash”. He wrote the music for each song with a vocalist in mind and asked if they’d like to be on his record. Apparently everyone responded favorably! Each singer worked on lyrics and vocal melodies and the songs were nailed down in the studio.
Santana had tremendous success with his “Supernatural” record and performed quite a few tour dates. “Slash” rides along the same concept, so if he tours I’d be interested to see the guest star vocal lineup. Almost everyone will be wearing whisky, denim and leather instead of tie dye and bong water and that’s ok with me because I’ll be backing that whisky shot with luscious fuzzy Les Paul syrup!
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