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GILBY CLARKE
SWAG

Spitfire Records SPT-15183-2
Produced by: Gilby Clarke

Released: OUT NOW / Website
Closest Relative: LA Guns
GENRE: Hard Rock
OVERALL: 78%

  1. Alien
  2. Under The Gun
  3. Crocodile Tears
  4. Broken Down Car
  5. Margarita
  6. I'm Nobody
  7. Judgement Day
  8. Beware Of The Dog
  9. Heart Of Chrome
  10. warm Country Sun
  11. Diamond Dogs

Gilby's back...the former Guns N Roses & Snakepit guitarist, the record producer and the LA rock scene heavyweight is back with solo album number 4.
Gilby could almost play this stuff in his sleep. This album is attitude filled, blues based hard rock, with equal touches of sleaze/glam rock, and some more 70's inspired retro-rock.
Helping out on the album is guitarist buddy Tracii Guns, plus a range of guests including Teddy Andreadis, Eric Singer, Brian Tichy, Kyle Vincent, Brent Fitz and the great Tim Karr.
Quite an impressive line up I am sure you will agree. But what's important is the music.
Thankfully there are no complaints there either. This is a strong and consistent album of blues based rock songs that range from slow bar room ballads to more uptempo, almost punkish harmonica drenched romps.
BOTTOM LINE: The album is almost melancholy in places - it certainly has a dark streak. Be that as it may, it's still an enjoyable set of songs that doesn't outstay it's welcome and should please fans of Gilby and the ensemble that he has organised to help out on the record.
For those that love bar room blues and the moody tones of a talented guitarist.
PRODUCTION: 75% SONGS: 80% VIBE: 79%ATTITUDE: 79%
ESSENTIAL FOR: All long time Gilby fans and some Tracii Guns and Guns N Roses fans.
DISCOGRAPHY:Pawnshop Guitars . The Hangover . Rubber . 99 Live . Swag



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