Slash Living The Dream Review
Living The Dream Review
Slash & The Conspirators Review
WHEN you look back at Slash’s long career as a godlike Gibson guitar wielding maniac, it’s easy to see why he’s revered as one of the greatest guitar players to ever grace the dark and seedy world of rock and roll. His iconic image, that jet black top hat resting on monstrous waves of hair, those demonic dark aviators covering his soul, and that beautiful 59 Les Paul glistening in the stage lighting. Whether you’re a fan of his work or not, you cannot deny the impact he’s had on rock music since starting out with Guns & Roses back in 1985.
Jump forward to his first full Solo project in 2010 with his self-titled album featuring a wide variety of artists including Ian Astbury (The Cult), Ozzy Osbourne, Chris Cornell, Lemmy Kilmister, and even Iggy Pop and Kid Rock. This is probably one of the most diverse rock and roll albums to have been released in the last 20 years, there’s not a filler on it. It’s all out balls to the wall hard rock.
Then we come onto the 3rd studio album from Slash ft. Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators, ‘Living The Dream’. Take the first single from the record, ‘Mind Your Manners’, a powerful riff driven upbeat hard rock reprisal, and if the riff at 2 minutes in doesn’t make your hair stand on end then you don't deserve to listen to rest of the record. That one little guitar lick that he plays faster than the speed of light is a very short, but pivotal insight into the development of Slash’s guitar playing.
Living The Dream is probably the most cohesive record Slash has written with The Conspirators, it’s good to see some classic elements of Slash’s playing style being captured on this record, as well as the overall development of the bands sound in its entirety. Slash is not only an amazingly accomplished guitar player, but he’s an extremely creative songwriter, and that aspect seems to go largely unnoticed, he rarely seems to get credit for this in interviews.
He’s also attributed his development to his bandmates and producer Michael “Elvis” Baskette who also produced ‘World On Fire’.
Living The Dream is an outstanding showcase of classic hard rock, powerful riffs, and wildly outrageous octaves. Check out Slash’s Snakepit if you haven’t already.
Slash ft. Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators - Living the dream
The 3rd studio album from the mighty Slash! Order the vinyl now!