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‘World On Fire’ Has Too Many Bumps Along The Way

Screen-shot-2014-06-13-at-12.19.20-AMAlbum: World On Fire
Artist: Slash w/ Miles Kennedy and The Conspirators
Genre: Hard Rock
Release Date: 16 September 2014
Official Website: SlashOnline.com

Diagnosis: This album is long! With 17 songs, World On Fire clocks in at 76 minutes. Obviously, this wouldn’t be a bad thing if all the songs were incredible, but they aren’t. In fact, a lot of them are pretty boring, which is amazing because most of them are fast and full of energetic riffs. The thing I don’t understand is if Slash, a great guitarist, wants to do a solo album, why doesn’t he do all instrumentals? The one instrumental, “Safari Inn” is really good, so I don’t understand why he decided to do this Guns N’ Roses wannabe stuff. This is not to say that Miles Kennedy is a bad singer, but it’s impossible not to compare him to Axl Rose and if I wanted to listen to Axl Rose then… I would’ve listened to Axl Rose. Whatever. Is this a terrible album? Not really, but the chance of hitting a good song is about 50:50 and with how long the album goes on for, there’s absolutely no excuse for them to not have cut down a bit. Although it slows down at times, World On Fire is a largely very energetic album. The thing is the gaps between good songs and bad ones are sometimes a big deal, so listening to this thing in full and in one sitting can get on your nerves, especially since it lacks variety. Just pick the ones you like and you’ll have a good time.

The Highlights: The album opens with the single of the same name and it gives you a good idea of what the rest of the album will sound like. It’s not their best, but I guess its better to save the big guns for later on an album this long. “Automatic Overdrive” and “30 Years To Life” a lot of fun with Slash doing what he does best. The riffs are quick and really catchy and as much as I wish Kennedy wouldn’t try to copy Axl Rose so much, I can’t deny that he’s a good singer. “Beneath The Savage Sun” is a little heavier than the rest and has a memorable moment after the first guitar solo. The second solo is probably one of the most impressive ones on the album. “Battleground” is one of the slower songs and a necessary addition to a mix of high-energy material. Slash lets loose (I guess he’s been doing that the entire time right?) on “Safari Inn” with an instrumental, which I feel there should be much more of.

Final Thoughts: There just aren’t enough good songs to justify the length of the album. There’s also a surprising lack of variety despite the length, which makes it difficult to listen to without skipping. If would have been a much better album if they cut down and took a quality over quantity approach, but instead World On Fire ended up being quite lopsided with many songs that are totally forgettable.

Score: 4.5 out of 10

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