Contraband review by Velvet Revolver

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  • Released: Jun 8, 2004
  • Sound: 10
  • Lyrics: 8
  • Overall Impression: 10
  • Reviewer's score: 9.3 Superb
  • Users' score: 8.9 (155 votes)
Velvet Revolver: Contraband

Sound — 10
The main sound on this record is just straigh, in-your-face Rock n' Roll. The album has 10 rockers, 1 power ballad and two slow ballads. Dave brings a great industrial side to the album and blends with Slash's Les Paul perfectly. The Rockers on this album are all accompanied by Duff's groovy bass work and Matt's hard hitting snares. Together with Slash's awesome solos and Scott's powerfull, low voice it creates a bit of a dark atmosphere of people who've been through all the shit of the music industry, and now just want to rock. The ballads on the album are also very good, with Loving The Aliens (Sometimes) being the best of them, with Pink Floyd meets GNR sound to it. That song is one of the best in recent years, and surely the best work Slash has done since the GNR days, with great guitarwork and amazing emotional solo. The best part about the album's sound is the guitarwork, with Slash's amazing Les Paul and Dave's great industrial sound they create great stuff, not the most innovative things, but surely great stuff are different from what we got used to in the last couple of years, i.e Superhuman, Dirty Little Thing.

Lyrics — 8
The lyrics have been the fans' biffest concern before this album came out, since scott is not known for his great lyrics. But in this album scott really proved that not only he's a great vocalist, he's also a good songwriter, Superhuman, Loving the Alins (Sometimes), Do it for the Kids and You Got No Right are the lyrical highlights for me in this album. Also the lyrics are not mindblowing, it's decent enough, together with Scott's voice, which sounds better here than on any STP record, it's all good.

Overall Impression — 10
Great great album. If you're expecting a GNR sequel, you won't get it. If you're expecting an STP sequel, you won't get it. If you want Rock and fuckin' Roll that is all about rocking and kicking ass, together with quality guitar playing (by both guitarists, Dave raeally surprised me) like the music industry haven't had in years, that's exactly what you're gonna get. This album is for hard, heavy Rock n' Roll fans. No keyboard, violin, special effects bullshit!

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