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Contraband - The name of Velvet Revolver's last album
First I'd like to say a couple things this band isn't. One, it is not "Guns N' Roses meets Stone Temple Pilots" and secondly, and most importantly, it is not two hit singles with a bunch of shit in between which I thought was the case with contraband.
Well now that we have that out of the way I'll start by saying this album is miles of ahead of contraband. As is the case most "supergroups", Velvet Revolver had a hard time establishing it's own separate identity from it's two predecessors. Though I can safely say that this band has really found itself. Scott Weiland has dropped the grunge voice, which some people may be disappointed about but I'm fine with it.
The CD has a good 13 songs to listen to and for the most part they are not noticeably similar which is a common problem for starting bands. The style of the songs vary drastically. One song they seam like an energetic partying group of people and the next you have a serious emotional song. I think that's the strongest point to the album is that the songs really do have their own personalities.
If I had to say one thing I really didn't like about the album is that it didn't really have any songs that you would say "This is no doubt the best song on the album" to. I mean it's a consistently good album but people want a song that they can tell their friends listen to or put into a video or whatever.
Though I know there will be many different opinions to which songs are the best on the album my favorite two would have to be the slow catchy The Last Fight and the epic American man which really shows that Slash has not gotten rusty in his time away from Guns N' Roses.
Which brings me to the guitar in this album. As you probably know if you're reading this, former guitarist for Guns N' Roses, Slash, is playing lead for this band. Well then the guitar must all be epic right? Eh not exactly. Don't expect anything to even come close to something as memorable as the riff from Sweet Child O' Mine or the solo from November Rain. All the riffs are pretty predictable and though there are plenty of great guitar solos hidden in this album, I think Slash's ability isn't really being emphasized as much as it should be. Maybe he just isn't as good as he used to be but either way I was unimpressed in that category.
So BlackPlastic, I love Guns N' Roses and Stone Temple Pilots, should I buy this album? Well like I said this band has really gained it's own identity, but there is a lot of strong Guns N' Roses influence in the music (there should be considering the bassist, drummer, and lead guitarist are all former members). So I actually will say you would probably like this if you a fan of Guns N' Roses. Stone Temple Pilots, not so much. I heard pretty much no striking similarities in the sound to them. Though it is their singer, he doesn't seam to sing in the same way he did in his former band, so don't get it only judging by the fact that you like Stone Temple Pilots.
Anyways if you're a fan of rock music in general, and want to listen to something with a little bit of 80s influence but still keeping an original sound, then definantly pick of this album.