Wim S. : Well, if you're in the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, then you're a big boy. And so Dizzy Reed is a big boy. Because he has been a member of Guns N’ Roses for years, he has been given a place in the great Hall of Rock and Roll. Good for him. Furthermore, Reed is also part of The Dead Daisies - the super band with members of The Cult, Mötley Crüe, Whitesnake, etc - and he sings in a band called Hookers And Blow. A busy man you could say. And now here is a solo album from the good man, 'Rock And Roll Is not Easy'.
And are we happy about that? People who love the music of Guns N’ Roses or who are really into traditional American sleaze rock will certainly be happy with this album. We hear thirteen songs that have all the ingredients to carry the predicate 'sleaze rock'. Songs that last between three and four minutes, all of which are hung on riffs that you've already heard 100,000 times before, with simple lyrics and easy to sing along choruses ('This Don’t Look Like Vegas', 'Dirty Bomb', 'I Celebrate'). It never gets really exciting, it is never original, never something unexpected happens. Only a few times we hear attempts that nearly have the level of the song material Axl and Co ('Crestfallen'), but otherwise Reed does not come close to that level whatsoever. But the people who love sleaze rock do not mind I guess. They can rock with simple tracks like the title track or 'Reparations'. Have fun with that. In my humble opinion it's a redundant release.