When Jeffrey “Izzy Stradlin” Isbell left Guns n’ Roses back in 1991, I was very excited to hear his first solo album. At first I was a little disappointed – this is not very much like G n’R – but this album really grows on you, and now, 6 or 7 years later, “Izzy Stradlin and the JuJu Hounds” is one of my favorite albums. It was Axl Roses loss for sure when Stradlin chose to leave. This is a great, raw and raunchy slice of rock and roll, in the style of The Rolling Stones, and filled with good guitar work from Izzy himself and lead guitarist Rick Richards, formerly of The Georgia Satellites. If you’ve listened to the track “Dust n’ Bones”, sung by Izzy on Guns n’ Roses’ album “Use Your Illusion I”, you’ll have a pretty good idea what to expect.But still, this is NOT Guns n’ Roses revisited, and thank heavens for that! This album is filled with solid, straightforward rock and roll, and Izzy has cultivated a hoarse, nasal vocal style which actually suits the songs pretty well.Izzy Stradlin was never as extrovert or as carismatic as Axl Rose or fellow Guns n’ Roses guitarist Slash, but he is a better (and less pretentious) songwriter by far, and this is a truly great, timeless rock and roll album.