Rex Brown “Smoke on This” Review by Backstageaxxess
by Kris Engelhart, Sept 19th, 2017 Source
Rex Brown may be best known for his badass bass playing in the legendary metal band Pantera, but he shows a much different side on his debut solo album “Smoke On This.” Handling not only bass but lead vocals and rhythm guitar, Brown has delivered a record full of passion and soul. The sound is unlike anything we’ve heard from Rex before with a mix of classic 70’s southern rock, modern metal, and a real singer/songwriter feel. “Smoke On This” is the kind of album that just feels right whether you’re listening at the corner bar or cranking up the stereo as you’re cruising down the highway of life.
Collaborating with Brown is longtime friend and songwriter Lance Harvill who handles lead guitar duties with Christopher Williams on drums. Brown’s husky vocals are a pleasant surprise whether on the grooving southern rocker “Lone Rider” or accompanying the bouncing riff of “Train Song.” The lyrics are real and easily relatable on tracks like “What Comes Around…” and “Buried Alive,” a song written about the loss of guitarist Dimebag Darrell. There are some interesting elements tossed in with the Indian folk instruments and trippy feel of “Get Yourself Alright” but it’s the slower poignant numbers that really take one’s breath away. “Best of Me” is a true stand out and “One of These Days” is outstanding as Rex’s vocals become the only thing you hear before a perfectly plaintive guitar solo grabs hold of you.
“Smoke On This” is music that goes back to the very roots of rock and roll and Brown delivers it in a beautiful way that will touch deep into your heart and soul.