Slash – Living The Dream – Limited Edition, Red, Colored Vinyl, Roadrunner Records, 2018
2018 release from the hard rock guitarist. “I always planned on getting back together with the Conspirators as soon as possible, and continuing on with what we started,” Slash says. Which brings us to Living The Dream, the full-length offering from the group-which, in addition to Slash and singer Myles Kennedy, also includes bassist Todd Kerns, drummer Brent Fitz and, making his recorded debut after several years of live work with The Conspirators, rhythm guitarist Frank Sidoris. The album, their third overall following World on Fire and 2012’s Apocalyptic Love, is possibly the band’s strongest collective statement to date. From the barnstorming, high-octane riffery of opener “Call of the Wild” to the wah-drenched funk rock of “Read Between the Lines,” the haunting majesty of “Lost Inside the Girl” to the swaggering deep-in-the-pocket Seventies grooves of “Serve You Right,” the stately, quasi-classical melodic themes of “The Great Pretender” to the massive hooks and anthemic, singalong choruses of first single “Driving Rain,” Living The Dream packs a compendium of sounds and styles into 12 tightly arranged and sharply executed tracks, all of it shot through with Slash’s trademark electrifying and dynamic riffing and high-wire, lyrical solos.