Contraband review by Velvet Revolver

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  • Released: Jun 8, 2004
  • Sound: 9
  • Lyrics: 8
  • Overall Impression: 9
  • Reviewer's score: 8.7 Superb
  • Users' score: 8.9 (155 votes)
Velvet Revolver: Contraband
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Sound — 9
Velvet Revolver, the supergroup consisting of ex-Guns N' Roses members Slash, Duff McKagan and Matt Sorum, ex-Stone Temple Pilots vocalist Scott Weiland, and ex-Wasted Youth guitarist Dave Kushner have created an album that blends the signature sounds of all these bands, resulting in a solid disc of hard rock. From the straight-up rocker Sucker Train Blues, to the power ballad Fall To Pieces, to the acoustic-driven Loving The Alien, this album delivers.

Lyrics — 8
The lyrics are pretty much typical of the hard rock genre. They deal with drugs, sex, and all the other rock and roll cliches, but of course fit with the music perfectly. Scott Weiland is a surprisingly versatile vocalist, although his true power still lies in the harder songs. This is not to say he cannot sing other styles, far from it. Loving The Alien is a fine example. This soft, almost exclusively acoustic ballad showcases a sensitive side to him that is not often displayed. All in all, an excellent effort, on all the tracks.

Overall Impression — 9
With four of the five members of Velvet Revolver being ex-GNR and STP, it is not surprising that Contraband sounds quite a bit like the releases of these bands. However, with the added presence of Dave Kushner, the band are able to create their own sound, rather than sounding like any other hard rock band. The standout songs from Contraband are Do It For The Kids, Fall To Pieces, Superhuman, Slither and Loving The Alien. There is not a whole lot wrong with this album, the guitar work gets a bit repetitive, and the vocals aren't always up to par, but this is not a problem unless you think it is your duty to pick these small imperfections. Stolen or lost? I would get another copy, because in these days of most hard rock bands sounding the same, Velvet Revolver are a breath of fresh air.

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    metallicaPOOS
    great album, id be happier if steve had more range in his vocals cuzz after a while it just starts to sound like stp. i still like it but i'd be great i'd the album had more edge.
    Midnight Rocker
    metallicaPOOS wrote: great album, id be happier if steve had more range in his vocals cuzz after a while it just starts to sound like stp. i still like it but i'd be great i'd the album had more edge.
    i think you mean scott, buddy...
    SuperDuperSlash
    SLASHer77 wrote: this is the the 3rd best cd in my opinion. 1st)Appetite for Destruction 2nd)GNR's Greatest Hits
    how the hell is greatest hits a good album, it wouldnt have come along if chinese democracy hadnt been delayed for the past decade, that tells u something there, released as filler only. and how is it greatest hits when 2 songs (aint it fun, since i dont have you) off a goddamn cover album are on it, i mean they couldnt find 2 better songs to put on it, goddamn geffen /rant
    jfsj123
    damn right what s**t review by alexsy. vr are a great band and so are guns n roses. great riffs by bothe bands
    7thriff
    Alexsy... dear god man are you deaf! slash sounds terrible!!!??? Slither is one of the best proper rock songs in years and it slash who makes it!