VELVET REVOLVER ‘Contraband’|
No doubt many rock fans are aware of this band seeing as it features
three ex-Guns N’ Roses members - Slash, Matt Sorum & Duff McKagan plus
former Stone Temple Pilots vocalist Scott Weiland and guitarist Dave Kushner
(ex-Slash’s Snakepit). In the absence of any new Guns ‘N’ Roses material
Velvet Revolver will clean-up sales wise and have done already as the album
debuted at number one in the US Billboard charts.
But is the music any good? Well I’ve been playing it a fair few times and have to say I am disappointed
as many tracks have the hook filled riffs but Scott Weiland just goes and
spoils it all with his shouting vocals. ‘Big Machine’ and ‘Sucker Train
Blues’ are very generic sound wise - think Guns ‘N’ Roses doing grunge and
with a band with this much expectation behind them they really needed to
deliver a classic album.
There are some gems though such as ‘Set Me Free’ (as premiered on the
Hulk soundtrack last year) which is a bona fide rock classic in that the
chorus just won’t leave your head and the guitar line is highly addictive.
The single ‘Slither’ does grow on you and ‘Headspace’ gets the adrenaline
However, track of the album has to be the closing song ‘Loving The
Alien’ where Weiland shows he has gentler vocal delivery and it’s the sort
of ballad that Guns ‘N’ Roses did so well. Put this out as a single and it
will be forever more appearing on those numerous rock ballad collections for
Guns N’ Roses fans will love this album especially as Slash has a ball
guitar wise but given the promise of this band for me they fail to deliver.
Here’s hoping they do another album and either way its bound to be released
before ‘Chinese Democracy’ ever is!
Review by Jason Ritchie
***** Out of this world | **** Pretty
damn fine |
*** OK, approach with caution unless you are a fan |
** Instant bargain bin fodder | * Ugly. Just ugly