Therapy?, Mon­ster Truck, Slash, Al­ka­line Trio, Clutch and more

The Guns N’Roses gui­tarist is on top (hat) form

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This, Slash’s fourth solo out­ing, marks his third al­bum proper with Myles Kennedy and the Con­spir­a­tors. Brent Fitz is again the man be­hind the kit on a record that those bay­ing for new GN’R ma­te­rial would be wise to lis­ten to. In fact, the open­ing combo of ‘The Call of the Wild’ and ‘Serve You Right’ could slip nicely onto Ap­petiteForDestruc­tion with few grum­bles. Fitz bust­ing out the cow­bell on the lat­ter track is a def­i­nite high­light.

But Liv­ingTheDream runs the full gamut of the top hat­ted-one’s ca­reer; ‘Mind Your Man­ners’ sounds like a clas­sic cut from his Snakepit records, while the du­bi­ous­lyti­tled ‘Lost In­side The Girl’ (fea­tur­ing lush ride work from Fitz) would have been a snug fit for the late-Scott Weiland to wrap his vo­cals around on Vel­vet Re­volver’s Lib­er­tad.

Fitz is rock solid through­out; a case of a drum­mer who is locked in as tight as a gnat’s un­men­tion­ables with those around him, par­tic­u­larly bassist Todd Kearns. For our money, Fitz would have been an ex­cel­lent shout for the GN’R reunion when it be­came ap­par­ent that Steven Adler and Matt So­rum would have no mean­ing­ful in­volve­ment in the run. Tracks such as ‘Read Be­tween The Lines’ prove that he has the abil­ity to flit seam­lessly from a hard rock verse to sta­dium rock bridge via a punk rock chorus, play­ing with taste, feel and power through­out.

It’s another solid out­ing from Slash, Myles, Fitz and co; a record that should more than sat­isfy those afore­men­tioned GN’R fans wait­ing for Axl to get back into the stu­dio.( RC) Down­load: ‘ServeYouRight’ Goto: www.slashon­

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