Slash is arguably the most recognised guitarist in the world with the mane and the ever-present hat, which shouldn’t work but does. He is also the epitome of rock n roll. He’s lived it, and more importantly, he’s still alive. And if anyone can make a guitar his own, Slash can. When you think of him, you think of Gibson guitars. It seems apt then that Slash’s fourth album with The Conspirators is the first release for Gibson Records.
Slash 4 review – Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators are back with a new album.
A decade and four albums into their career, the new album 4 by Slash ft. Myles Kennedy And The Conspirators marks the first new music from the group in four years. Like the look, Slash’s sound is very familiar – we’ve been listening to it for over 30 years – and there are thankfully no major changes here. Recording took place in Nashville (the new LA for bands) with producer Dave Cobb behind the glass. The idea was to capture the songs live in the studio. Hard rock bands don’t sound good when too polished (except for Def Leppard’s Hysteria). Here the grit, the energy of playing together live are evident, and it pays off.
The album doesn’t kick off as such, with The River is Rising, it crashes through, pulling the door off its hinges and shouting the opening killer riff millimetres from your face. But that’s just for starters; wait for the solo! The album continues in this hard vein with Slash & Co squarely delivering the rock, the roll and the swagger with songs Actions Speak Louder Than Word, April Fool, and Call Off The Dogs.
In other areas of the album, there are some surprises. With hard rock, it’s tempting always to write the songs hard and fast. However, The Path Less Followed and Fall Back to Earth feel like genuine attempts to push the songwriting forward with intriguing song structures and lyrics dealing with that thing called life – albeit an international rock star’s one.
Overall, it’s a strong release which is incredible given Slash and Miles are well into their second decade making music together. Bands around this stage can be forgiven for falling back on the formula, not Slash. If this album communicates anything, it’s Slash’s continuing love of rock n roll which is a welcome gift for old and new rock listeners alike. And the good news is it looks like Slash – in some form or another – will be doing this for a while yet.
Long live Rock n Roll, Long live Slash!
SLASH FT. MYLES KENNEDY & THE CONSPIRATORS tour dates:
Slash Ft. Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators North American Tour 2022
|TUE||2/8||PORTLAND, OR||ROSELAND THEATER|
|WED||2/9||SEATTLE, WA||THE PARAMOUNT THEATRE|
|FRI||2/11||BROOKS, CA||CACHE CREEK CASINO RESORT|
|SAT||2/12||SAN FRANCISCO, CA||THE WARFIELD|
|TUE||2/15||PHOENIX, AZ||ARIZONA FEDERAL THEATRE|
|WED||2/16||VALLEY CENTER, CA||HARRAH’S RESORT SOUTHERN CA|
|FRI||2/18||LOS ANGELES, CA||YOUTUBE THEATER|
|SAT||2/19||LAS VEGAS, NV||THEATER AT VIRGIN HOTELS|
|TUE||2/22||SALT LAKE CITY, UT||DELTA HALL -ECCLES THEATER|
|WED||2/23||DENVER, CO||PARAMOUNT THEATRE|
|FRI||2/25||KANSAS CITY, MO||ARVEST BANK THEATRE-THE MIDLAND|
|SAT||2/26||PRIOR LAKE, MN||MYSTIC LAKE CASINO-MYSTIC SHOWROOM|
|MON||2/28||MILWAUKEE, WI||RIVERSIDE THEATER|
|WED||3/2||CHICAGO, IL||THE RIVIERA THEATRE|
|FRI||3/4||WINDSOR, ON||CAESARS WINDSOR-THE COLOSSEUM|
|SAT||3/5||WATERLOO, NY||THE VINE @ DEL LAGO RESORT|
|MON||3/7||BOSTON, MA||HOUSE OF BLUES|
|WED||3/9||SILVER SPRING, MD||THE FILLMORE -SILVER SPRING|
|FRI||3/11||ATLANTIC CITY, NJ||TROPICANA-ATLANTIC CITY|
|SAT||3/12||NEW YORK, NY||BEACON THEATRE|
|MON||3/14||RICHMOND, VA||DOMINION ENERGY CENTER|
|WED||3/16||NASHVILLE, TN||GRAND OLE OPRY HOUSE|
|FRI||3/18||ATLANTA, GA||COCA COLA ROXY|
|SAT||3/19||DURHAM, NC||DURHAM PERFORMING ARTS CENTER|
|MON||3/21||CHARLOTTE, NC||THE FILLMORE-CHARLOTTE|
|WED||3/23||CHARLESTON, SC||N. CHARLESTON PERFORMING ARTS CENTER|
|FRI||3/25||CLEARWATER, FL||RUTH ECKERD HALL|
|SAT||3/26||ORLANDO, FL||HARD ROCK LIVE – ORLANDO|
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