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SLASH WORLD ON FIRE REVIEW 2014

 

SLASH - WORLD ON FIRE

DIK HAYD INTERNATIONAL

SEPTEMBER 11 2014

 

 

Something’s are a long time coming - it was after all over a year ago, back in September 2013, that we first heard ‘Nothing Left to Fear’ the first single from ‘World on Fire’ and in June we heard the title track, July brought ‘Bent to Fly’ and September two further singles in ‘Safari Inn’ and ‘Stone Blind’ meaning that before release date we’ve already heard 6 of the 17 tracks contained on ‘World On Fire’.

 

Oh well, I guess that’s the modern way, and when you cut a figure like Slash who is still very much a marketable commodity as well as an icon even the younger rock fans can instantly pick out of a line-up, like Lemmy before him – you get to do things your way.

 

Having heard the releases as they dropped the big question of course is – ‘Is there anything else worth hearing on here?’ The answer is of course ‘yes’: and reading a few quick off the mark reviews and seeing a number of FIVE STAR reviews out there (an accolade that to me means an absolute undisputed classic) it really did pique my interest to see if what we had was really the album to rival ‘Appetite’…

 

The short answer is of course this isn’t anywhere near the league of ‘Appetite’ don’t get me wrong it’s a great album, beautifully played, with some great riffs and some cool songs and yes it may well be Slash’s best to date with Miles Kennedy putting in his usual stellar performance on vocals and the Conspirators steady as a rock. But five stars? Not for this reviewer, I wouldn’t want to confuse a great Rock album with true greatness that will stand the test of years. Still this is as close as any of the Gunners have got and there are certainly songs on here that you can imagine sticking in the brain longer than most. This may not be ‘Appetite’ but it would go head to head with the ‘Illusion’ package for some…

 

Our playlist would have to include: the singles including the rather cool instrumental ‘Safari Inn’; the simple, building and balladic ‘Iris of the Storm’ and  the sleazy pleasure of ‘Dirty Girl’. This is one to enjoy turned up to ten, even though its mellow moments reach just as high as the soaring guitars.

 

 

by Mark Rockpit

 

SLASH WORLD ON FIRE REVIEW 2014