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Editors’ Notes

Is it possible that Scott Weiland can hold together what Axl Rose could not? For their second album, Velvet Revolver sound very much like a band that understands how to work together. As lead singer, Weiland brings an authoritative spark, while Guns n' Roses alumni, guitarist Slash, bassist Duff McKagan and drummer Matt Sorum push forth the punkish ends of their roots, pummeling through the riffage to deliver steamrolling, ragged-on-the-edges hard rock (“Let It Roll,” “American Man”). Producer Brendan O’Brien keeps things tight and focused. Velvet Revolver sound like a veteran act effortlessly spitting out the hard rock playbook with strong new maneuvers. An ELO cover of “Can’t Get It Out of My Head” hints at the pop attributes that the band incorporate into their own writing. “Mary Mary” gives Slash a few spots to sport his leadwork, but it’s back to Weiland for the churning chorus before the four and a half minutes are up. 

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Velvet rocks; Chinese Democracy still a myth...

Velvet Revolver's newest album, Libertad, is a triumph of the rhythym guitar section and rock'n'roll ambition. Its amazing to think that in 4 years, Velvet Revolver, with its 3 members from the original GNR lineup backing STP's Scott Weiland on lead vocals, have managed to break more rules and have more success than Axl Rose and his vision of GNR have in the last 13 years. Slash's guitar is the pivotal trait of this album in the same way that it was on GNR's Appetite for Destruction, but unfortunately their are no Jungles or Paradise City tunes to blow you away in their unique songwriting singularity. By far Slash's best guitar album since GNR released Appetite, listeners will find that Scott Weiland's vocals make slash a rock-n-roll genius as opposed to a pioneer of metal or slaughterer of 80's hair bands, two things he can still claim with pride. Even his name makes you remember that he can tear up any song with guitar madness that few others in today's musical landscape can claim. With the 1-2 punch of Slash's guitar and Weiland's vocals, the album manages to have more than one possible hit song, and in many respects will rival 2005s Contraband. Let it Roll, Libertad's opening track, begins with naught but a crazy guitar riff via Slash, just begging Scott Weiland to come in. Scott sings, "Can't put her out of my head, drag her off of my mind," and this is how you end up feeling about the album it's entire way through, wanting another guitar lick, another catchy verse, another song. She Builds Quick Machines, the lead-off single, takes a couple cues from the grunge notebook, sounding almost like a lost Soundgarden hit. American Man will prove to be a suitable patriotic theme-song for the summer, when the United States will celebrate their 231st birthday. A special highlight on the album includes the final cut, "Gravedancer", a haunting ballad that is sure to leave you wondering where VR are trying to lead you. For those of you with iTunes, pick up their cover of Talking Head's hit, Psycho Killer, which ends up being Slash's head-nod towards music he helped to destroy. The album's highlight, "The Last Fight", is a slower ballad that still packs its own punch in the rhythym section, highlighting Scott Weiland's songwriting capabilities and giving Slash his moment with a guitar riff reminiscent of Page's solo on Stairway to Heaven. "This fight could be the last fight", Weiland bemoans to the audience and his lover. Let's hope not. Overall Rating: 4 stars out of 5

Stronger, More Cohesive Effort than Contraband

This is a stronger, more cohesive effort than Contraband. Velvet Revolver feels much more like a band with this record. This album has some great grooves and catchy melodies. My only complaint is that Slash's playing feels restrained on this record, which in one sense may be better for the individual songs, feels like a tremendous waste of his abilities. If you're looking to hear a classic, mean and bluesy riff from Slash, you won't find that on this record. However, if you're looking for grooves from a tight rhythm section and some catchy melodies, you won't be disappointed.

Love it, even better than Contraband!

I have listened to this album already a couple of times, and i absolutley love it. The album has a modern type of sound to it, but the guitar work from Slash is great. The album is much more powerful than their previous debut release. Contraband would receive 5 stars from me, and this I think, is better. None of the songs are filler work, and the main single release "She Builds Quick Machines" is only the beginning of the album.

Biography

Formed: 2002 in Rancho Santa Margarita, CA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '00s

Velvet Revolver began with a spring 2002 jam session that reunited ex-Guns N' Roses bandmates Slash (guitar), Duff McKagan (bass), and Matt Sorum (drums) on-stage. With the discovery that their chemistry was still going strong, the trio began pushing around some new music and auditioning singers for what became known as "the Project." Early entries included ex-Buckcherry shouter Josh Todd and Neurotica's Kelly Shaefer; both became acquainted with the cutting room floor. By early 2003, the existence...
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  • $11.99
  • Genres: Rock, Music, Hard Rock
  • Released: Jul 02, 2007

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