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On disc: Duff McKagan's Loaded



Wasted Heart - Claudia Ehrhardt - 7 stars
Sick - Claudia Ehrhardt - 7 stars


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Sick

Sick
(Century Media - 2009)


Last year Duff McKagan's Loaded released an EP called Wasted Heart as a kind of appetizer for the album. Now Sick is on the way. The former Guns'n'Roses bassist is kicking off with the title track, a raw rocker with a punk attitude. The vocal line can almost hook you up, but something's missing - at least for me. A stomping rocker called Sleazy Factory is next, and this one really carries a sleaze vibe. With The Slide they offer another punk rock track with a Sex Pistols touch, even if it also has some melodic passages. Quite catchy is Translucent... They slow down for Mothers Day, but the ballad don't really get me... Luckily they speed up again for another sleaze rock song...I See Through You. Duff's vocals at the sleazy ones reminds me a bit of Phil Lewis (L.A. Guns)... Blind Date Girl has a slight Rolling Stones touch... Next in line a different version of Wasted Heart... I prefer the EP version. Last, but not least No More! This up-tempo rocker has a positive vibe and invites you to party - one of my favorites.
With Sick they deliver a rock album with punk and sleaze elements, but there is no song which will haunt me. And sometimes it seems that Mr. McKagan isn't sure, which way to choose... Does he want to play punk rock or sleaze? He seems to be torn between this different styles... Check out Sleaze Factory, The Slide and No Shame.


7 stars

Claudia Ehrhardt
 

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Wasted Heart

Wasted Heart
(Century Media - 2008)


If you don't know Duff McKagan, then you aren't listening to rock / metal for long! Coz rock and metal fans know the blonde bassist from his days in Guns N'Roses and Velvet Revolver. As Velvet Revolver is inactive - they currently have no singer - he re-activated his old band Loaded. This EP is an appetizer for the coming album and to show that Loaded isn't in the vein of Guns N'Roses or Velvet Revolver. At Loaded he is the guitarist and singer, he handed the bass over to Jeff Rouse.
The Seattleites kick off with Sleaze Factory and present a sleazy rocker with a dash punk rock. Duff is a decent singer and his voice fits to the riff-based sound. The track isn't overly catchy, but after a few spins you will remember the hook line. It's no surprise that the bass is important for the sound, even if Duff isn't playing the four strings himself. At No More the partly vocals should be a bit more powerful, in my opinion... A bit faster and with distorted vocals they present Executioner's Song. The song is a cool rocker with a punk attitude. It somehow reminds me of something, but I can't fathom it... Later the songs changes a bit... gets a different atmosphere. So far the most interesting tune. At IOU they add some heaviness and crunchy riffs drag you away. Really cool!
Last, but not least Wasted Heart! Acoustic guitars open up this balladesque tune. With more emotional vocals the song would real shine, but Duff is doing okay. The song doesn't have the magic the great ballads have, but on the other hand this is simply a rock album. The EP shows that Duff Mc Kagan is doing the music he loves and it seems that Loaded enjoys it. Enjoy it, too!


7 stars

Claudia Ehrhardt
 

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