I don’t usually say this, so you might want to remember it. I was wrong. What was I wrong about? Well I didn’t give a certain musical star her due. Stacy Ann Ferguson, know to the masses as Fergie. “The Dutchess” brought the Black Eyed Peas to the forefront when she signed on to front their third album, Elephunk. I said I didn’t give her the recognition she deserved, because aside from being esthetically pleasing, to this point her pop performances didn’t wow me. Being a rocker at heart, I care little for pop music. Her duet with hip hop star Nellie piqued my interest, but only slightly.
Enter Slash. The guitar virtuoso from Guns n Roses and a star in his own right. His new Album, entitled “Slash”, is a compilation of many singers/songwriters with Slash doing what he does best. Bending and pulling strings and making music like only he can. Fergie is featured twice on the disc, firstly in a track called “Beautiful Dangerous”, and then as a duet with Cyprus Hill on a remake of the G’N’R classic “Paradise City”. Fergie Vocals on Dangerous were reminiscent of Alanis Morrisette, and had a rock edge that I have never really seen in Fergie before. Though I wasn’t a big fan of the Paradise remix, ( sorry Slash) I felt Fergie’s Vocals were excellent.
I really wish that Fergie would drop the peas, Meet us Halfway, and bring her Humps to the Rock side.
As for the Album from Slash, it is arguably his best work yet. With singers like Ozzy, Alice Cooper, Chris Cornell, Andrew Stockdale from Wolf Mother, Lemmy and Beth Hart to name a few, it is clear that not only does Slash know how to play guitar, he knows good talent when he sees it.