On his debut solo album, 2010’s Slash, the most gifted guitarist of his generation recruited old mates like Chris Cornell, Ozzy, Iggy, Lemmy, and Kid Rock to take on the vocal duties. It was a riot but perhaps lacked the focus of this cracking follow up which sees powerhouse front man Myles Kennedy take to the microphone like a man possessed. When he played with (the later period) Guns n’ Roses and the lamented Velvet Revolver, Slash was let down badly by recalcitrant singers but with the brilliantly on-form Kennedy present he sounds liberated and ready to let loose. The guitars sing on You’re A Lie, they scream on Halo and Slash spits out wave after wave of casual brilliance on Standing in the Sun. For his part, Kennedy shows a dynamic range – giving it a bit of Bon Scott on One Last Thrill and on the slow, predatory burn of Not For Me he sounds like Chris Cornell. This is solid unpretentious riffarama from the cat in the hat who just wants to rock. Leave your brain in the cloak room and head straight for the mosh pit.

Alan Corr