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    DUFF MCKAGAN'S LOADED - Sick - 8/10


Armoury Records
Release Date: May 24, 2011

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Duff McKagan’s Loaded has re-released their second effort dubbed Sick in response to the buzz created by their latest release The Taking (from April 2011). The CD/DVD offers a lot to the Loaded fan: thirteen tracks, plus two bonus tracks, one being an acoustic version of “Wasted Heart”, which is a nice finishing touch. The DVD is partly the men playing The Garage in Glasgow, Scotland, and contains five webisodes. One of the webisodes is of their 2008 tour in the UK and the other four are the making of Sick. The DVD also has the “No More” music video on it, so you get a lot for their money here.

The album starts out with “Sick”, which speaks of being “Sick, sick of you. You’re like typhoid Mary mixed with Asian flu.” Man, this guy (Duff) has a way with words. It’s a comical start to the album … an album which clearly resonates Punk as does its close cousin, “The Taking. “Flatline”, a notable one about another beat relationship, lends itself to the angrier side versus the sad side of ‘the end’. The drums in “The Slide” make this song stand out; not complex, just hard and fast. “Mother’s Day”, again following that Punk feel, is just sad in its message of losing someone.

Are “I See Through You” and “Translucent” the same song? Nope! The first is heavier than much of the album and the second highly rhythmic; don’t need to be a Punk fan to like either of these. “No Shame” loses some of that significant Classic Punk vibe, which is an indication that this band can do much more than what they are probably best known for doing. “Wasted Heart”, ‘the ballad’ on the album, is lukewarm, but the acoustic version has more appeal. “Roll Away” has a Zeppelin kind of chord progression thing happening in the beginning; and is one of the great ones on Sick.

The DVD portion of this release is going to provide happiness to those who like live performances in candid, informal settings. The only thing on the DVD that is preconceived is the video for “No More”. If you like The Taking then certainly getting Sick at your first opportunity will round out your Duff McKagan prescription.


  • Justine Bevan

    Justin was a reviewer and interviewer here at Metal Express Radio, based in New Jersey, USA. She loves KISS and became a KISS Army member at the age of 6. She started playing drums when she was 13 and taught herself by ear, then later learned how to read music. Her musical tastes expanded even further after she started playing drums and began listening to everything from Metallica to Queensrÿche to 70s based Southern Rock. She is also a big fan of what are known as "hair bands", or Melodic Rock/Melodic Metal. She was a music major in college (the first time around). Justin wrote for several publications in the 80s and 90s, including Hit Parader and Faces.

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