From an immediate week or so of listening to “You’re A Lie,” I can say that it sounds like Apocalyptic Love, the upcoming album by Slash, featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators, will not be the same thing as the incredible, eclectic mix of songs that made up his first solo album, titled Slash. That being said, that is not a bad thing, as Slash now has created a solid chemistry with Kennedy and The Conspirators, so my hopes are high. The song that Slash has created with this band, if lead singles are any good indication of what the rest of the album will sound like, we have a modern classic hard rock album on our hands.
Slash’s guitar work and musical sense has not faltered from the last album, as he, perhaps employing a technique inspired by Nirvana’s famous loud-soft dynamic, does not emphasize the guitar as much in the verses, preferring to use it as an accentuating tool. On the choruses, however, Slash gives the song what every good hard rock song needs; a kick-ass, heavy, distorted, foot-pounding riff. Slash also uses Kennedy’s vocal range and dynamics to complement the music, with Kennedy singing softer (not sweetly, but it has a very haunting timbre to it) until the guitar and the vocals build near the end of the verses to reach the wailing on the chorus. This technique plays its best when Kennedy’s vocals reach their highest point in the bridge, right before Slash unleashes a guitar solo that is only describable as a “Slash solo.”
Slash has not disappointed when it comes to hard rock and I think that Apocalyptic Love will be no different.