With that said here's my selection for number 9.
Living The Dream by Slash feat. Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators
Released in September of this year, hear is my review from then which hopefully explains why I think this is a fantastic rock album.
Right from start, as the sinuous opening riff fades in, this album rocks hard and keeps going. Brent Fitz's drumming crackles with energy, the production is impressive and muscular throughout, sounding like a modern classic rock record. Unsurprising given the artist, but kudos to producer Michael "Elvis" Baskette nonetheless.
The twisting riffage of "Call Of The Wild" gives way to the chugging groove of "Serve You Right" before "My Antidote" continues the hard rocking goodness.
Mid album highlights are "Lost Inside The Girl" and "The One You Loved Is Gone". These two really show off the full range of Myles Kennedy's vocal talent. I mentioned in my review of the latest Alter Bridge release that too many of the songs there are sung at full pelt, and that his voice should be given space to breath. This album does that, and I genuinely think that this material serves him better.
Lead single "Driving Rain" kicks off the final third of the album before the "Parisienne Walkways" feel of "The Great Pretender" gives way to more classic rock in the finale, "Boulevard Of Broken Hearts".
On the, (small), downside some riffs and lines are a little familiar. In particular the wah lead work to kick off the solo on "Lost Inside The Girl" echoes the "You Could Be Mine" intro too closely. Similarly the lead guitar outro riff calls back to "Sweet Child Of Mine". The introductory riff of "Driving Rain" references The Eagles "Life In The Fast Lane" to these ears.
I highly recommend this album. Let me know if you agree.