Contraband - Velvet Revolver
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Generally favorable reviews- based on 109 Ratings

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  • Summary: 'Contraband' marks the debut LP for what basically amounts to Scott Weiland (Stone Temple Pilots) fronting Guns N Roses (including Duff McKagan and Slash).
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  1. Positive: 6 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. "Contraband" is "Appetite For Destruction" for grown-ups.
  2. Astonishingly good. [Jul 2004, p.127]
  3. 80
    A perpetual guilty pleasure. [Jun 2004, p.107]
  4. Contraband is a pretty good record of unpretentious rock and roll that suffers from inevitable comparison with the best efforts of its parent bands.
  5. 60
    A showcase for Weiland's vocals. [#27, p.148]
  6. With Contraband, Velvet Revolver has pulled off something tidy, fashioning music that manages both hedonism and maturity.
  7. A bit like playing Russian roulette in reverse: you spin the disc and pray in vain for something to stick in your brain. [19 Jun 2004, p.56]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 67 out of 79
  2. Negative: 7 out of 79
  1. rockfan
    Jun 26, 2007
    10
    These guys (along with The Villains) will save real rock and roll from posers like those pop-punk babies.
  2. JamesO
    Aug 8, 2004
    10
    This album is so much better than it is given credit for. This is not 1987 or 1993 and we can't expect it to make the same kind of This album is so much better than it is given credit for. This is not 1987 or 1993 and we can't expect it to make the same kind of impact against what passes for popular music today. It is just the best hard rock album to come out in the past 8 years or so. Expand
  3. ThaddyD
    Jul 29, 2005
    10
    What sounds better then a lp standard, tone knobs down, tube amp at 11 and a good singer to boost?
  4. roberth
    Jun 13, 2004
    9
    Great hard rocking return that beats the crap out of all the wimpy corporate rock junk being passed out like pablum for the lemmings. Great hard rocking return that beats the crap out of all the wimpy corporate rock junk being passed out like pablum for the lemmings. There's nothing original here - just ROCK. Ignore the whiners. Get it. Expand
  5. joasm
    Feb 10, 2005
    9
    absolutley blinding
  6. cotty
    Jun 15, 2004
    8
    Thank God, Slash is back!
  7. ShayneM
    Jun 14, 2004
    0
    Still holdin' back, waiting for the big guns.....

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