When a curly haired,top hat-wearing,Les Paul-wielding guitarist decides to cut a solo record and calls in a bunch of his pals to wield the microphone,there is something to look forward to. Especially if the guitarist happens to be the fret-shred king Slash formerly of Guns N Roses,now of Velvet Revolver and the pals turn out to be Ozzy Osbourne,Alice Cooper,Chris Cornell (Soundgarden,Audioslave),Dave Grohl (Nirvana) and Fergie (Black Eyed Peas),to name a few.
Even though this has all the ingredients of a hard-rock monster,it is not Slash at his best. The album couldve used some fireball solos and furious riffs,which once upon a time spat out of every GNR record. Its still a melting pot of blues,rigged rock melodies,menacing metal-fest and some flaming acoustic pieces.
Beautiful dangerous has Fergies high-pitched shrieks surprisingly resembling GNRs Axls rocket-launch vocals. Back from Cali has Myles Kennedys voice scaling through a blend of bass,acoustic and electric progressions,and the volcanic Cornell in Promise makes for some cool listening. Watch this,with Grohl on the drums,is a banger of an instrumental; Crucify the dead is something only Ozzy can come up with; and Were all gonna die has Iggy Pop. This is an album with the works.