Picks and Pans Review: It's Five O'clock Somewhere

updated 04/17/1995 at 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 04/17/1995 01:00AM

Slash's Snakepit

One of the qualities that first distinguished Guns N' Roses from the ever-swelling pile of '80s metal bands were the lovely melodies it sometimes stitched into head-banging textures. The guitar solo in "Sweet Child o' Mine," from the band's blockbuster 1987 album, Appetite for Destruction, is as pretty as rock and roll gets. It's too bad Slash, the creator of that riff, has lost touch with his softer side. This album, recorded while Guns N' Roses is taking a hiatus, pounds the listener into submission with songs that pack plenty of fury but little else.

For his joyride, Slash has recruited former Jellyfish member Eric Dover as lead vocalist, ex-GN'R guitarist Gilby Clarke and current bandmate Matt Sorum on drums, among others. Together, they produce 14 songs dripping with testosterone, including some speedy solos and some very loud singing (at times Dover sounds remarkably-like top Gunner Axl Rose, who doesn't make an appearance on this record).

But where's the soul? And what happened to the acoustic numbers, for that matter? Metaphorically speaking, it just might be a good idea for Slash to invoke less guns and more roses in his next musical endeavor. (Geffen)

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