Smoke On This... - Rex Brown

It was cosy. We talk. It's good for you. Hi...

Rex Brown will not prove anything. And it is clear to hear on the Smoke On This...that he has enjoyed in the studio with his musikervenner, smoked some cigarettes and jam for the morning light. This has resulted in a roughly plate out of, but it is in no way flashy. Three-four numbers can be recommended, and the rest you can easily live without. It places Pantera quiet guy on the nice side of average, but nothing more.

Half-hearted cosiness-rock from the legend


A quiet man kæfter up

The number of lines, it is necessary to introduce Rex Brown, bassist from legendary Pantera, must be extremely limited. The man with the extremely underrated sinkeplanke from one of the 90's, in fact the whole metalhistoriens, the biggest names were known as the band's quiet guy. After Pantera's regrettable stop for soon fifteen years ago, the great Rex, however, appeared on a few Down-plates as well as a few half-hearted slices with Kill Devil Hill – a project he himself helped to launch. He has also written a quite excellent autobiography, where he got tilsvinet his old band-buddies well and thoroughly. And now we hear again from him, because he is current with his first solo album, Smoke On This... – a disc that has its bright spots, but also, unfortunately, quickly forgotten.

Nostalgic cosiness

Hey, it's Rex Brown on the cover of the plate? And is it a guitar, he is faced with? Jeps and jeps. And he sings damn well too! Therefore, if you can call a low, deep and growling Mustaine-esque whiskey-and-cigarettes voice for the song, so yes. Guitar, bass and vocals are all Rex. With him he has been guitarist Lance Harvill, and drummer Christopher Williams.
Rex starts to give us the "Lone Rider" – a number, with its simple 70's-riffs in the best of ZZ Top-style, instantly makes the listener aware that expecting anything at all in direction of Down or Pantera, so you can turn off the plant again.

After the excellent start continues Rex Brown tour around in a lot of songs, all inspired by his great idols from mainly the 70's. "Crossing Lines" and "Buried Alive" is closely related to various Led Zeppelin-intersections, and the subsequent numbers can also be attributed to the influence from the above two as well as the older Aerosmith and a loose Kiss.
The best is actually the two quiet numbers; "Buried Alive", where he reflects on the murder of Dimebag Darrell, and "Grace". They will certainly get the hardcore Pantera fans to gape, but these two numbers possess a shelf life and substance, there is to find on the rest of the plate. Be preserved, the aforementioned "Lone Rider" as well as of good blues-rock numbers like "Train Song" and "So Into You" is quite fine, but they are also, unfortunately, quickly forgotten.

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