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DUFF McKAGAN'S LOADED Sick Century Media (2009)

Duff McKagan's Loaded

Former G N'R and current Velvet Revolver guitarist McKagan has had this project on the side for a while, releasing a well received EP last year. This full album seems him playing some sleazy rock'n'roll, a 4 piece clearly having fun.

The opening title track is very ballsy, in-your-face, and from then on it's a mix of Hanoi Rocks (underrated as G'n'R's biggest influence), bluesy rock'n'roll and punk. 'The Slide' is reminiscent of early The Motors.

There's plenty of good sleazy vocal harmony, and although the way the guitars work together is good, there is a shortage of deft or intricate guitar work; plenty of good guitar work and chunky riffs but very, very little in the way of solos. It's the sleaze equivalent of comparing Tony Iommi to Ritchie Blackmore.

The vocals are good, if a tad thin, but infinitely less whiney than Axl Rose, who McKagan (and the rest too) seem better off without.

'Mother's Day' is a slower affair, with deep vocals that nod at Crash Test Dummies. Not the strongest track, and contrasts to the more thunderous 'I See Through You', the only track to feature anything resembling a guitar solo.

A good album that is also released on vinyl and limited digipak with live DVD.

Will more than please fans, and anyone disillusioned with Velvet Revolver hiatus and/or G'n'R's record breaking attempt at the worst comeback ever.


Review by Joe Geesin

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***** Out of this world | **** Pretty damn fine |
*** OK, approach with caution unless you are a fan |
** Instant bargain bin fodder | * Ugly. Just ugly

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