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Velvet Revolver
Contraband
July 2004
Released: 2004, RCA Records
Rating: 3.0/5
Reviewer: Wisco

Slash and Duff are back in the saddle! It’s a nice concession prize, although I don’t know if I’d ever want the true GNR (i.e. Axl, Slash, Duff, Steven Adler & Izzy) to reunite at this point. I’m pretty sure the window of opportunity is closed, though I could be wrong. Plus, Axl and the fake GNR are lost within the illusion that is a Chinese Democracy release. Also, there’s the distinct possibility that Axl’s voice is shot to hell. So yeah, I’m a huge Appetite For Destruction era GNR fan and I just want to hold onto my memories. That said, my first impression of this album was that it was modern crap. And, production wise, this much is true. However, if you peel back the glossy sheen, there are Slash solos aplenty and this is best stuff he’s played on in about 13 years. Actually, I’d put this shit on par with the Illusions in that most of that crap was overproduced as well. Slash deserves the full on raw “Appetite” treatment, but who knows if that will ever happen? At first I was sort of down on the Weiland thing in that I never was much of a STP fan and I thought he was completely wrong for this crew. However, last summer I heard “Set Me Free” on the radio and sort of changed my mind. I mean, in my opinion, he’s not the ideal voice to front this band, but he ain’t that bad either. All in all, not a bad rock record to spin on hot summer nights. Highlights include: “Headspace” & “Superhuman.”

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