• Record Label: RCA
  • Release Date: Jun 8, 2004
User Score
8.0

Generally favorable reviews- based on 109 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 91 out of 109
  2. Negative: 12 out of 109

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  1. Ben*******
    Jun 9, 2004
    5
    Scott's slow, deep singing will not be heard much as he is forced to strain his voice while trying to keep up with the fast paced playing of old rock stars.
  2. MatthieuR
    Jun 13, 2004
    5
    How disappointed I was by this album! The lush, hook-filled guitar stylings of Slash are nowhere to be found (ok, to be fair, they pop up for a few bars here and there), and this entire album feels like one long song. It's not bad, but it's rather innocuous; I had such high hopes...
  3. slashfan
    Jun 14, 2004
    6
    The ballads are the best part of this album.
  4. BooYah
    Jun 7, 2004
    4
    There is nothing particularly bad about this album, but nothing good either. The hooks are stale, the guitars are boring, and it just doesn't seem to flow
  5. Jim
    Jul 24, 2004
    4
    It pains me to say it but this is very disappointing when Slither is the best song on the album. Nothing groundbreaking here.
  6. weinerschnitzle
    Jun 24, 2004
    5
    piece of crap...slash and the ex-gunners can do soooo much better than this...
Metascore
65

Generally favorable reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. 80
    A perpetual guilty pleasure. [Jun 2004, p.107]
  2. Even at its sharpest, Contraband feels secondhand, and much of it is also hobbled by a disconnect between singer and band. [4 June 2004, p.79]
  3. 42
    This is a troubling record. There are some stellar moments, but it's mostly just troubling. [Jul 2004, p.105]