Contraband review by Velvet Revolver

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

Sound — 10
The guitar parts are amazing. This is some of Slash's best work to date. The solos are a little short compared to guns stuff but this is a band that really shouldn't be compared to them. Slash's technical ability shines through on this album. Dave Kushner, although relatively unknown, plays solid backing throughout and shows he is worthy of his place in the band. The music style is different to many of the members previous bands. Duff's bass playing is as solid as ever and Matt's pounding drums still shake your brain.

Lyrics — 10
I have noticed in previous reviews that people say the lyrics are 'crap'. I don't see how they come to this conclusion. Scott Weilands lyrics and voice remain true and strong on every track. This record is the only piece of evidence you need, to show that he is one of the best frontmen in rock history. His writing skills as a lyricist and composer are undoubtly some of the best in the world.

Overall Impression — 10
Lets get this straight, this is f--ing rock and roll as it should be. This band is ready to pick up where other bands left off a decade ago. They are reaching new audiences with this record as well as keeping old ones. The record is a masterpiece, a holy graile of modern rock. New rock bands i.e. The Darkness should be quaking in their boots because these guys are back and they're better than ever!

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