Ain't Life Grand [Import Bonus Tracks]

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All Music Guide - Steve Huey
The second Slash's Snakepit album, Ain't Life Grand, reigns in the blues-rock jamming of It's Five O'Clock Somewhere in favor of a more song-oriented approach. New vocalist Rod Jackson is a combination of '80s pop-metal bluster and Faces-era Rod Stewart, which -- with more than a touch of Aerosmith added -- is actually a pretty accurate way to describe the band as well. The new Snakepit does kick up a lot of noise as the album rushes by, and the strong chemistry between the members is immediately obvious. In fact, Slash's guitar work sounds oddly tamed, as if he's trying to subsume his playing to that of the ensemble and emphasize the full band's talents instead of his own ...
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All Music Guide - Steve Huey
The second Slash's Snakepit album, Ain't Life Grand, reigns in the blues-rock jamming of It's Five O'Clock Somewhere in favor of a more song-oriented approach. New vocalist Rod Jackson is a combination of '80s pop-metal bluster and Faces-era Rod Stewart, which -- with more than a touch of Aerosmith added -- is actually a pretty accurate way to describe the band as well. The new Snakepit does kick up a lot of noise as the album rushes by, and the strong chemistry between the members is immediately obvious. In fact, Slash's guitar work sounds oddly tamed, as if he's trying to subsume his playing to that of the ensemble and emphasize the full band's talents instead of his own virtuosity as a soloist. Theoretically, that's a nice concept but, in actuality, it ends up making the project sound kind of bloodless and generic. The main problem is the songwriting: It never rises above the level of solid, and too many tracks are by the numbers hard rock at best (and pedestrian at worst). A couple of the catchier numbers are undone by lyrical awkwardness -- "Mean Bone" starts off with an embarrassing female rap full of gold-digger clich├ęs, while the chorus of "Serial Killer" is cringe-inducing ("Do you like the way I murder your heart?"). But even when the songs click -- like the opener "Been There Lately" and the Stones-y, horn-driven title track -- Slash's burning solo work is conspicuous in its relative absence, and often not all that memorable when it does show up. It isn't that Slash and the band don't sound committed to what they're playing; in fact, it's obvious that everyone involved genuinely loves this kind of music. It's just that, since the material isn't generally that inspired or vital, it needs a certain extra spark to really come across as alive and passionate -- the sort of spark that could be supplied by instrumental fireworks, which are never really emphasized. In the end, Ain't Life Grand is still a passable, workmanlike record that will definitely appeal to fans of grimy, old-school hard rock, but since it doesn't really breathe new life into that style, it's never much more than that.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/21/2000
  • Label: Mca Import
  • EAN: 4988002407811
  • Catalog Number: 61160

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Been There Lately (4:27)
  2. 2 Just Like Anything (4:23)
  3. 3 Shine (5:20)
  4. 4 Mean Bone (4:40)
  5. 5 Back to the Moment (5:33)
  6. 6 Life's Sweet Drug (3:53)
  7. 7 Serial Killer (6:18)
  8. 8 The Truth (5:17)
  9. 9 Landslide (5:29)
  10. 10 Ain't Life Grand (4:53)
  11. 11 Speed Parade (3:52)
  12. 12 The Alien (4:56)
  13. 13 Rusted Heroes (5:21)
  14. 14 Something About Your Love (2:53)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Slash's Snakepit Primary Artist, Track Performer
Slash Indexed Contributor, Guitar
Jeff Paris Background Vocals
Ted Andreadis Keyboards, Background Vocals
Jack Douglas Sitar, Background Vocals
Kelly Hansen Background Vocals
Karen Lawrence Background Vocals
Lee Thornburg Trumpet
Jimmy "Z" Zavala Harmonica, Saxophone
Matt Laug Drums
Ryan Roxie Guitar, Background Vocals
Johnny Griparic Bass
Rod Jackson Vocals
Raya Beam Rap
Technical Credits
Greg Calbi Mastering
Jack Douglas Producer
George Marino Mastering
Jim Mitchell Producer, Engineer
Adam Day Guitar Techician
Jack Goodman Sound Effects
Steve Aprea Prop Design
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