Slash, ‘You’re a Lie’ – Song Review
The necessarily loud and tightly produced recording is amongst his best post-GNR works.
The biggest challenge for a guitarist releasing a solo project is finding a balance with the vocalist that features the man who’s name is stamped on the album jacket without castrating his singer. ‘You’re a Lie’ begins with almost 40 seconds of Slash in the driver’s seat a la Ryan Gossling in ‘Drive,’ but when it’s time he lets Kennedy shine.
“You’re a voice of reason that I can’t escape / Cut me down a thousand times a day / I don’t need you anymore / I don’t need you anymore,” he sings to open the lyric.
The two — along with the other Conspirators, who’s contributions shouldn’t be overlooked — weave around each other like circus performers. Slash’s technical noodling only compliments Kennedy’s lyrics. It’s a brilliant balance they hold on to for almost four minutes.
“‘Cause you’re a liar, liar / All my faith has been wasted, wasted / ‘Cause you’re a liar, liar / I don’t need you to save me anymore,” Kennedy sings during the chorus.
‘You’re a Lie’ never lets up, moving from chorus to verse to guitar solo without space for a breath or even a pause for emphasis. It’s pedal-to-the-metal rock and roll from start to finish. Perhaps only ‘Black Betty’ by Ram Jam will be the cause of more speeding tickets.