Slash - Apocalyptic Love review
|Release date:||May 2012|
01. Apocalyptic Love
02. One Last Thrill
03. Standing In The Sun
04. You're A Lie
05. No More Heroes
07. We Will Roam
09. Not For Me
10. Bad Rain
11. Hard & Fast
12. Far And Away
13. Shots Fired
14. Carolina [deluxe edition bonus]
15. Crazy Life [deluxe edition bonus]
As a big fan of Alter Bridge and an ex-fan of Guns N' Roses, this album was for me a really welcome surprise. About Saul Hudson, aka Slash, I was divided in two feelings: the adoring teenager, thankful to one of the guitarists who introduced him to metal, and the way too cynical metalhead who, considering himself mature being around in the scene for some years, despised this "overrated, corrupted by money and worldliness, anything but original" guitarist.
After listening for quite a long time to Apocalyptic Love I can say that I'm still in between. This is an album that, in many ways, made me revalue Slash's abilities, as a guitarist and songwriter. The first five tracks off Apocalyptic Love made me instantly renege on the worries I had about this listen. Original ideas, fresh guitarwork, clearly a big dose of passion and fun put into, make of these songs damn good hard rock anthems.
All this, together with a great singer. This time Slash decided to entrust only one singer to spread his word. The choice was never more appropriate. Myles Kennedy, who collaborated with the British guitarist also in his self-titled "debut" album, is definitely a great vocalist. His polychromatic voice - now high as only an emasculated power metal singer can get, now low and thoughtful, now frenzied with energy - is one of the elements which provide variations to this album.
Slash also shows something I wouldn't have expected from him: a classically inspired riff as the one in "Anastasia" and a slow, painful and whispering disown of his dissolute life in "Not For Me". These two high quality tracks form another block of great music, but hereinafter the album seems to drag along to reach its end and have some rest.
But the real low point in this album is that, somehow, after some time, it becomes tiring. I don't precisely know why, but Apocalyptic Love doesn't have the verve which allows the classics to last for decades in the hearts of the listeners. Despite this, this release is a really important reply to every detractor, an album which main message is:
"I'm still alive, I enjoy what I do, and do it damn well.
That's not all, folks!"
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