Duff McKagan is a household name around these parts. After all, he is the original bassist for Guns n' Roses and spends a lot of time searching for new singers with his current main band Velvet Revolver. In his downtime, Duff writes financial columns and recorded a CD with his side band Loaded. Last week, Duff McKagan's Loaded released Sick, an all out punk onslaught with just enough Glam thrown in for good measure. Yeah, this album rocks.
Sick (Century Media) features these songs:
I See Through You
Blind Date Girl
Wasted Heart (electric version)
The best songs are on the first half of the album - but really all the content here is great. It sounds impossible, but Sick is very interesting in that the tracks sound raw - but still polished. Perhaps that's the brilliance of living in a ProTools world. At any rate, Duff's love of punk rings through and so does his voice. No, he isn't a great singer, but that's not the point. This is a rock record about love and loss and having fun and you don't really need to sing like Tony Bennett to get those messages across.
Make sure you listen to "Sleaze Factory" and "Flatline." If you don't find yourself humming the hook to "Flatline" after a few listens, then there is something seriously wrong with your hearing.
Hopefully, Duff McKagan's Loaded will enjoy a nice bit of success because Sick is a well produced effort featuring songs just perfect for driving in the summer with the windows down.
Duff McKagan's Loaded is:
Duff McKagan - guitar/vocals
Geoff Reading - drums
Jeff Rouse - bass
Mike Squires - lead guitar