This is what happens to Walking Papers when Duff McKagan returns to Guns N’ Roses. Or, what two of the Papers get up to. Vocalist/guitarist Jeff Angell and keyboard player Benjamin Anderson have indulged themselves with an album that offers much of the same downbeat blues you’d expect from Walking Papers. But there are a few outstanding differences.
The mean groove of Phantom Limb, the slow-burning angst on Nola, the painfully priapic If You Only Knew and the vulnerable acoustic apocalypse of Let The Healing Begin… these are brilliant, evocative and show this is more than two musos killing time before the master returns. Annoyingly, there is too much treading of the expected path. There’s promise, though.