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Velvet Revolver - Contraband - 2004 - RCA Reviewed by: Nailer

Track Listing
1. Suckertrain Blues
2. Do It For The Kids
3. Big Machine
4. Illegal I Song
5. Spectacle
6. Fall To Pieces
7. Headspace
8. Superhuman
9. Set Me Free
10. You Got No Right
11. Slither
12. Dirty Little Thing
13. Loving The Alien
I had high hopes for this one as did quite a few others. With the boys from GnR and Scott Weiland from Stone Temple Pilots, I expected a drink mixed with the belt of Appitite for Destruction, the over the top presentation and pretention of Use Your Illusion with a hearty splash of some slip-n-slide vocals and STP's reliance on riffs that carry songs. There was a lot of press on Scott's habits for this release with people taking odds on the amount of studio time vs jail time involved for his part. Really, I wanted to see VR lead a new pack of hard rock for the next few years. Sporting a slick James Bond cover, their license to thrill was revoked for the first half which has no memorable leads from Slash; no cool licks to spend hours memorizing. Everybody is in a supporting role with no strong personality coming across until the latter half and "Set Me Free". "Spectacle" is good and so is the 'You Could Be Mine Jr.' of "Slither". The Beatlesque melodies of "You Got No Right" add to the respectable final set over a lacking first half whos high treble production lacks comfort and warmth. Where's the next hopeful?


Score: 6.5


Bottom Line: Big hopes, but only an OK CD.



--Nailer 09.28.04
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Frank Hill // Frank Hill has been at this site since its slimy, crying birth in '03. He was born on National Metal Day--11/11 and will turn his hearing aids up to 11 when he's 111. He secretly listens to a lot of old Country and Doo-Wop tunes and wants to start a cyberband with lead vocals by Robot Plant. He is still trying to figure out what Judas Priest meant by "paratamize you". If you read this, then he salutes you.

Maximum Metal Rating Legend - Click for Full Details
5 Excellent - Buy it and say a prayer to the metal gods that you were tuned on to this masterpiece. A classic.
4-4.5 Great - Almost perfect records but there's probably a clunker or a lacking somewhere to keep it from perfection. You won't feel bad about dropping some bones on these.
3.5 Good - Most of the record is good, but there may be some filler. This is the OK range where you'd search for the record on sale or used.
3 Average - Some good songs, some bad ones at about a half/half ratio. Could show skills but be dull overall. Redeeming qualities for indy bands are effort and passion. Majors that don't try or suck outright end up here.
2-2.5 Fair - Worth a listen, but best obtained by collectors. There is much better metal out there.
1-1.5 Bad - Major problems with music, lyrics, production, etc.
0 Terrible or an otherwise waste of your life and time.

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