There are certain names that go hand in hand with the word rock star. Bowie, Jagger, Springsteen – names like that are instantly recognizable. With the passing of time we add more to the list and one of those is Slash (Saul Hudson). He made his mark with Guns N’ Roses, a much celebrated solo career, and appearing as a special guest on many albums produced by other rock icons.
So now he decides to team up with Myles Kennedy And The Conspirators on Apocalyptic Love (Deluxe Edition). People are going to question this move because Kennedy is not a recognizable name. That will change with the release of this album. Myles can belt out song and Slash seems very content and relaxed around this band. The DVD for this clearly illustrates this. It is worlds away from dealing with the inflated egos and crazy antics of other lead singers he has dealt with over the years. You can’t blame the dude for having the desire to have an atmosphere of cooperation and no pressure. The music benefits from this new partnership. Slash did say they were on the road for a year before going into the studio so it wasn’t like meeting somebody new then cutting a record.
At first blush when heard Myles a few times I notice some similarities to Axl but for the most part he does not sound that way. Who he generally reminded of at times was Billy Squire (“Stroke Me” and “Everybody Wants You”). Regardless of comparisons, and at times that is inevitable, he holds his own throughout this recording and puts in a rock solid performance. I have to say straight away that there is not a stinker track on this album and I think it will be a huge success. There is nothing complicated or anything you would not expect from Slash, it’s the down and dirty hard rocking music that he is an expert at producing. It certainly sounds like the band members are very compatible and the listener is the beneficiary of that chemistry. Myles also plays guitar and the other Conspirators are Brent Fitz (drums, percussion, electric piano) and Todd Kerns (bass, vocals).
“You’re a Lie,” “Shots Fired” and “No More Heroes” are standout tracks and show off the power and their obvious chemistry. The entire is album is solid but these really are the most impressive tracks overall. This deluxe edition, besides offering a closer look at the band and the recording process, throws in two bonus tracks. The tracks are not the kind that would be considered outtakes ten years down the road when a box set comes out or a reissue. “Carolina” is a soaring number and Slash has some fun with the voice box and his six-string. “Crazy Life” closes out the album moving at a fast pace and would likely be considered the weakest track on the album or the “B” side of single (for those you that remember those days).
Apocalyptic Love (Deluxe Edition) is not going to blow anyone away but it is a very good album, well produced and featuring one of the best guitarist on the planet so it is worth your time to check it out. I think if this band sticks around for a little while we will hear some amazing music. For those of you that like rock swag there is an offer for a free T-Shirt with the deluxe edition. It comes with an online code and all you have to do is pay shipping and handling fees. They can only get better with time and who knows? Maybe we will hear a few surprises if there is another album. In the meantime I am going to enjoy this one; I think it will be in regular rotation for a while.
Key Tracks: You’re a Lie, Shots Fired, No More Heroes
Keith “MuzikMan” Hannaleck-Founder MuzikReviews.com
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- Apocalyptic Love
- One Last Thrill
- Standing in the Sun
- You’re a Lie
- No More Heroes
- We Will Roam
- Not for Me
- Bad Rain
- Hard & Fast
- Far and Away
- Shots Fired
- Carolina (Bonus Track)
- Crazy Life (Bonus Track)
Disc: 2 1. “Making of HD Video Documentary (Exclusive Studio Footage) [DVD] Label: