Gilby Clarke

Rubber

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Gilby Clarke's third solo outing since leaving Guns N' Roses, Rubber, was packed with the bluesy, greasy hard rock of his other albums. Covers of Janis Joplin's "Mercedes Benz" and the New York Dolls' "Trash" round out Clarke's Stonesy originals. Clarke's guitar skills are impressive (especially his slide playing on "Sorry I Can't Write a Song About You"), but his songwriting is unexceptional and his lyrics are fairly generic. Perhaps it would be too much to read the lyrics to "Superstar" ("It's so hard to hang with you/no one loves you like you do") as a swipe at a certain former employer, but otherwise the lyrics just seem to be aimless and unfocused. There isn't anything truly unpleasant here -- the musicianship is solid (several other GN'R session musicians contribute to the record) but only the Beatlesque "Technicolor Stars" stands out. Otherwise, this is an adequate but fairly undistinguished record.

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