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May
12

Music Review: Slash – Apocalyptic Love

I can’t believe how much like GN’R Apocalyptic Love sounds. Slash has gotten himself a vocalist who sings exactly like Axl Rose. Myles Kennedy does everything Axl would do, and if he had Axl’s voice, you would hear me clapping and whistling, because it’s Rose’s yowling I want to hear over Slash’s riffs. The riffs are good, by the way – and Apocalyptic Love starts off sounding like Appetite For Destruction and turns into Use Your Illusion III midway. But Axl’s not here. Axl’s busy fucking around with those other guitar hotshots, stretching his idea of Guns N’ Roses. No complaints about Myles Kennedy though. He’s got Axl’s style and sings really well, and I can’t say I want him to sing any other way. No, that’s not true… I’m just fooling myself.

When I reviewed GN’R‘s Chinese Democracy, I admitted at some point that I didn’t miss Slash at all. Guns N’ Roses did everything right on Chinese Democracy: Axl wore his attitude and wrote great lyrics and sang like a dream as was expected of him, and the other dudes did just like the big boss had instructed them to. But listening to all these riffs and solos on Apocalyptic Love, I’m once again slapped with the realization that the most rocking rock n’ roll band ever was built by Axl Rose and Slash, with those other cool guys Izzy Stradlin, Dizzy Reed, Gilby Clarke, Matt Sorum and Steven Adler.

I don’t even know why I’m writing this review. There’s nothing to say about Slash‘s “Apocalyptic Love” except that it’s GN’R without Axl Rose. How much of a difference Axl’s presence would have made here is for the listener to imagine: the songs would have a lot more energy – the combination of Axl and Slash would make the songs pumping – hell, they’d be electrifying – given Axl’s inability to control his madness and Slash’s dazzling guitar-playing. I’m just being terribly unfair to Slash and Myles, but Guns N’ Roses was the first rock band I fell in love with. Also, after almost 10 years of being in a band (today is 9 years) I can finally understand why two individuals who made magic together might not be able to stand the sight or even a mention of each other.

It’s very saddening to hear a man who doesn’t sound like Axl Rose sing like Axl Rose over Slash’s licks. As a fan of GN’R, I find it very depressing and want Myles Kennedy (yeah, I know he’s famous, but fuck you) to make an effort to sing like somebody other than Axl Rose, so that I can listen to Slash’s solo work without being reminded all the time how much I miss Guns N’ Roses. Listen to Apocalyptic Love and tell me it doesn’t remind you of and make you miss the world’s coolest rock n’ roll band.

RATING: 3.5/5

25
May
12

Film Review: Men In Black 3

MIB 3  takes Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones back to the sixties and comes back successful

If you’ve ever wondered why Tommy Lee Jones is the way he is (or how he became like that), MIB 3 will give you the answers. The third installment of the “Men In Black” franchise sees Agent J (Will Smith) go back to 1969 to save Agent K (Tommy Lee Jones) from Boris, the baddest guy from an alien race that destroys planets in its path. Boris has been pissed off for all of the forty years he’s spent in the prison on the moon, and wants to go back in time to save his left arm, which Agent K blew off. With one of those space guns – y’know, one of many the gadgets you expect to see in movies like Men In Black. There’s also a time-travel device which would make James Bond very happy. And a car that contains two motorcycles, on which Bond and Batman could go broke-backing together.

But more importantly, MIB 3 works better than 1 and 2 did. It’s not Boris (who hates being called Boris – The Animal), but the younger Agent K, played by Josh Brolin, who makes the film worth watching. Brolin slips into his Agent K of the 60s so easily that the 3D effects and the Austin-Powerish jokes fade into the background. It’s like he’s making fun of Tommy Lee Jones while showing that he can act well. The planet-destroying aliens are hardly a threat in this movie; it’s about what Agent K did with Agent O (Alice Eve, the younger O, is hot!), and Men In Black 3 gets it right by having just a few main characters and a good script, and by not pretending that it’s more than a fun story about saving the world.

RATING: 3/5

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