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  • Summary: The debut solo album for the Velvet Revolver/ex-Guns N' Roses guitarist was produced by Eric Valentine and features guest appearances by Chris Cornell, Adam Levine, Dave Grohl, Kid Rock, Iggy Pop, and Fergie, as well as former Guns N' Roses members, Izzy Stadlin, Duff McKagan, and Steve Adler.
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  1. This first true-solo effort sees the man responsible for some of rock's most iconic riffery joining forces with the friends he met on the way (including The Cult's Ian Astbury, Lemmy and Iggy Pop) and is a rocking riot from the off.
  2. The top hat-wearing guitar hero has gingerly handpicked a diverse palette of vocalists to accompany each of the 16 tracks and contribute to the lyrics, while he takes care of the riffs....Yet the iconoclastic guitarist is careful to never upstage his guests.
  3. Slash shoots a little too wide for its own good, but the album showcases him as the guitar hero we've always known and as the songwriter we probably haven't appreciated enough.
  4. This disc might not change your life, but it's an undeniably solid hard rock album that proves how much credit Slash deserves for the success of his former band.
  5. With the quality patchy and the tunes themselves only average, the album feels like a bit of fun for the artists rather than a serious undertaking.
  6. Team-ups with Ian Astbury ("Ghost"), Chris Cornell ("Promise") and Wolfmother's Andrew Stockdale ("By the Sword") produce familiar sparks but die out quickly. And a ballad with Adam Levine of Maroon 5, "Gotten," aims for "November Rain" but ends up pretty soggy.
  7. Slash goes through all the proper motions (distorted guitars, squint-eyed staring-into-the-distance guitar solos, loads of star power), but the end product doesn't satisfy me on a visceral level, and closer examination only magnifies the fact Slash can't establish instant chemistry with just any name he pulls out of his address book.

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  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Mar 29, 2011
    10
    Awesome album - every track is winner. It's great to hear Ozzy back on form with Crucify the Dead, his previous albums have been off the mark for me, but this sounds like the Ozzmosis era. Some more great tracks featuring Ian Astbury and some surprisingly good stuff featuring Fergie (I'm not a fan of the Black Eyed Peas), she's got a fantastic voice when put to good use! Slash's distinctive licks pull it all together and breathe life through it with his own unique sound.

    For someone who's grown up through 90's rock, this stuff is superb. You don't really get this sound any more, and for me it's spot on. How it reviewed critically as poorly as it did, I have no idea. I guess it's not contemporary enough for today's critics, but for me this sound never gets old.
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  2. Aug 12, 2010
    10
    Great album. Not revolutionary or innovative, but By the sword written by my favorite guitarists and my favorite...Musician (andrew stockdale) Is genious. Slash and fergie was a great combination along with Ozzy, the concept of the albumwas cool too. Expand
  3. Sep 30, 2010
    10
    Great album. Solid, and not a whole lot like this coming out lately. Also, love Mayfield Four.
  4. Oct 23, 2010
    8
    At first I found the album a little too 'pop' for my liking, especially coming from the former guitar player of Guns N' Roses. But Slash is still an excellent and well crafted album. The varying singers works well enough for the most part and Slash seems to fit in well with them throughout. 'Saint is a Sinner Too' can be skipped over, though. Expand
  5. Apr 16, 2012
    8
    For me Slash was already a hero. But when i started listing at this.. I think this is the best thing Slash did in the music world. to bad there are songs i dislike like Gotten and We're All Gonna Die. But playing with all these artists and making such great music was some kind of reborn of Slash. Hopefully the new album will be like this great album Expand
  6. Aug 21, 2010
    4
    Great guitar play and Slash should be proud of the effort.

    What it makes me think of? How good would this album be with a lyricist that fits
    Slash's style.

    Slash go find a way to make it work with your former lead singer...not named Weiland
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