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
Here comes Velvet Revolver to kick your ass. Three of the former GN'R badasses are back (Matt, Duff, and of course, Slash), along with STP frontman Scott Weiland, and Slash's friend Dave Kushner. This supergroup has a thankfully refreshing sound to alleviate the light-rock and punk garbage that has been clogging the radio and all of the supposed "rock" countdowns. This band has a very hard rock sound, and although very raw and powerful, it can be melodic, such as in the songs "Fall To Pieces" and "Loving The Alien." Slash is stilll rockin', dishing out one awesome riff after the other. The rythym guitarist, Kushner, does a good job punding those chords. Duff is still a god at bass, and Matt, although a somewhat clumsy drummer, does well. Weiland does a fantastic job on the vocals, although some of his lyrics are a little confusing for us rock guys to understand. All of the fast-paced songs (Slither, Dirty Little Thing, Set Me Free) make you wanna mosh around and play air guitar, and most of the teary-eyed ballads (Loving The Alien, You Got No Right, Fall To Pieces), although not as good as former Gn'R masterpieces, Don't Cry and November Rain, still make you remeniss.

Lyrics — 10
This is the albums only problem. Most of the lyrics tend to deal with Weiland's drug and addiction problems, and can easily go over people's heads, but they go great with the music, and Weiland's vocals go well. Once you understand the lyrics, though, you'll realize that they are very good.

Overall Impression — 10
This blows all other rock records out of the water. It's only flaw I can thnk of is the sometimes confusing, even bad lyrics. But along with the driving guitar riffs, awesome vocals, and completely badass solos (especially in Slither), this is one of the best rock n roll albums out there. If mine got stolen, I'd hunt down the thief, castrate them, and buy three more.

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