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Velvet Revolver

Contraband [Vinyl]

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Timing your gigs and recording sessions around an unpredictable (and occasionally incarcerated) new lead singer might not seem the most auspicious start for a band. But when the singer is former Stone Temple Pilot Scott Weiland and the other musicians include Slash, Duff McKagan, and Matt Sorum--all veterans of Guns N' Roses--it's just business as usual. And these circumstances don't seem to have affected the supergroup's performance any, as evidenced by the outfit's raucous debut, CONTRABAND.
"Sucker Train Blues" roars out of the starting block, rocking like there's no tomorrow, with Weiland's seething vocals riding the six-string whirlwind generated by guitar supremo Slash and his new sidekick Dave Kushner. "Big Machine," with its doubtlessly autobiographical storyline about the pitfalls of stardom, melds the ring of truth with the voice of experience. The anthemic "Fall to Pieces" has echoes of vintage GNR, and Slash's "Sweet Child o' Mine"-like guitar intro to "Superhuman" similarly rolls back the years to his former band's late-1980s heyday. Far from being '80s-metal retreads in search of a new niche, though, the reenergized members of Velvet Revolver wipe the slate clean and rededicate themselves to take-no-prisoners rock & roll with CONTRABAND.