Music this week

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.

Written by Mohan Kumar | Published: June 5, 2010 11:21:39 pm

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 could’ve used some fireball solos and furious riffs,which once upon a time spat out of every GNR record. It’s still a melting pot of blues,rigged rock melodies,menacing metal-fest and some flaming acoustic pieces.

Beautiful dangerous has Fergie’s high-pitched shrieks surprisingly resembling GNR’s Axl’s rocket-launch vocals. Back from Cali has Myles Kennedy’s 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 We’re all gonna die has Iggy Pop. This is an album with the works.

mohan.kumar@expressindia.com

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