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Libertad [Import]

Velvet RevolverAudio CD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (131 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (July 3, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: 2007
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: RCA
  • ASIN: B000P29B62
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (131 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,501 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Let It Roll
2. She Mine
3. Get Out The Door
4. She Builds Quick Machines
5. The Last Fight
6. Pills, Demons & Etc.
7. American Man
8. Mary Mary
9. Just Sixteen
10. Can't Get It Out Of My Head
11. For A Brother
12. Spay
13. Gravedancer
14. Re-Evolution

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When they exploded out of the gates on their 2004 debut, Contraband, Velvet Revolver were met with as much diffidence as appreciation. After all, supergroups have tended to detonate as often as succeed, and with vocalist Scott Weiland, bassist Duff McKagan, and guitarist Slash all vying to keep the lit match away from the fuse, the odds against this band ever seeing album #2 were even money at best. Surprise! Not only have Velvet Revolver survived three years with unreckless abandon, this album blows the doors off its predecessor. Save a pair of disinfected ballads ("The Last Fight," "Gravedancer"), Libertad is all about hand-grenade chords, drag-racing riffs, and circus-tent choruses. The ageless McKagan and Slash continually gun for the disorderliness of their former band (most notably on the punkish opener "Let It Roll" and its lewd brother "Spay"), while Weiland sounds--knock on wood--positively clean and like a voice of boisterous renewal on tracks like "Mary Mary," "She Builds Quick Machines," and the melt-in-your-mouth cover of ELO's "Can't Get It Out of My Head." Obviously egos have been checked at the studio door, as Velvet Revolver have already exceeded their anticipated existence. And now that existence goes back on the clock, trying to outshine a second album that's head-and-shoulders better than the first. --Scott Holter

Product Description

"The feel and energy of Libertad informs the eternal struggle for freedom -- individual, political and social freedom." So says Velvet Revolver's frontman Scott Weiland in describing the band's forthcoming album. Produced by Brendan O'Brien, Libertad is the follow-up to Contraband, VR's debut album, released in June 2004, which earned three million in sales worldwide, debuted on the Billboard Top 200 Album Chart at #1 and was awarded a Grammy for the lead track, "Slither." 1st single: She Builds Quick Machines.

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71 of 78 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Velvet Revolver passes the "sophomore slump" test July 2, 2007
Format:Audio CD
Anytime a band has a successful debut album, the follow-up is always a challenge. The "sophomore slump," as it is called, has been known to rear its ugly head, time and time again, derailing the momentum of many up-and-coming artists.

For a "super-group," especially, the second album is going to be particularly important.

Velvet Revolver's debut album "Contraband" (2004) entered number one on the charts, selling two million copies in the United States alone, and spawned three huge singles. But was it all just a fluke? Did Velvet Revolver find success only because the band contained alumni from Guns N' Roses and Stone Temple Pilots? Can curiosity and hype alone account for the band's success? While Velvet Revolver's detractors will argue yes, the evidence points to no.

While "Contraband" has some flaws, like a muddled mix and a monotonous first third, when the album is good, it's very good. Songs like "Slither," "You Got no Right," "Set Me Free" and "Loving the Alien" among others proved that Velvet Revolver was more than just a band that looked good on paper. "Loving the Alien," especially, with guitarist Slash's signature bluesy soloing over singer Scott Weiland's soulful delivery, rivaled the best of vintage GN'R and STP, sounding like a glorious "November Rain/Big Empty" hybrid.

Taking three years to release their second album, Velvet Revolver are back with "Libertad," (2007) an album that proves Velvet Revolver to be more that just a novelty act; demonstrating that the band has some real potential staying power.

Upon listening to "Libertad" the first thing that's apparent is how much more cohesive the band sounds now than they did on their debut.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
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On the enhanced CD Extra portion of Libertad (viewable on your PC), Scott Weiland says that Velvet Revolver's unified goal for Libertad was to, "make the best record that any of us have ever made." Congratulations, Scott. You've succeeded tremendously!

Libertad is to date the best Rock release of 2007. And it is indeed as good as any record that anyone in the band has ever participated in recording....Yes, even as good as the classic Appetite for Destruction Appetite for Destruction . Hence, it goes without saying that Libertad is as good as the best STP album and it's even better than Velvet Revolver's own 2004 release Contraband Contraband (and Libertad doesn't have that annoying copy-protection software attached to it that Contraband had).

Libertad rocks. It is a Hard Rock record with clear vocals, melodic rhythms and--oh my God!--tons of guitar solos! Clearly Velvet Revolver were not influenced by the countless Sons of Plunder label executives that roll up their sleeves and tell new modern rock bands that you need to sound like Nickleback in order to sell a CD. Could you imagine trying to tell Slash that he needs to cut back on his guitarwork? No worries on Libertad; this disk is full of some of Slash's finest playing.

Scott Weiland sounds better than I've ever heard him. His range is amazing, and I swear that I walked away from my first few listens thinking that this is one of the best Hard Rock singers on the circuit today.

Matt Sorum (drums), Dave Kushner (guitar) and Duff McKagan (bass) are all back and are all playing their best.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Only Getting Better... July 3, 2007
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If Velvet Revolver never made it to album number two, no one would be surprised. Afterall, a supergroup featuring ex-members of Guns N' Roses and fronted by arguably the biggest ego of the grunge era, Scott Weiland, didn't seem like a project built to last when they formed. But with "Libertad," Velvet Revolver have the goods to back up their place in the modern rock world. Not only is "Libertad" a stunning blow against the sophmore slump, but it is also the band finally gelling together, creating something new instead of something nostalgic. And as a triple threat, it's easily the most exciting pure rock album released in the past few years.

Unlike it's predecessor, "Contraband," this album sounds like a real band, not just a happy marriage of two different styles. Whereas "Contraband" sounded like lost Guns N' Roses material with Scott Weiland doing vocals, "Libertad" sounds like a different beast. Slash, Duff, and even Matt don't deny their musical heritage on this album, but they do an excellent job of reinventing their signature style. It's still got that ballsy, punk-rock meets classic-rock feel, but with a modern twist that ensures longevity and more creativity to come. Truly, Axl must be jealous by now. And also unlike the debut, Scott comes across more as himself than before, and the music actually allows it. No doubt, his performance before was merely conforming to the music. Here, however, the signature Weiland style can be heard in all it's glory, and it all works well together. "Let It Roll" and "Get Out The Door" may pick up where "Contraband" left off, and the stadium-rock appeal of "She Builds Quick Machines" and "Just Sixteen" will likely be memorable hit singles that will please everyone.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Bring Back Rock 'N Roll
I liked their first album better. This record is less soulful, less raunchy. Viva la rock 'n roll!
Published 1 month ago by Lani Terrell
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
satisfied.
Published 1 month ago by steve fox
5.0 out of 5 stars The band sounds fantastic, and i love the covers
The band sounds fantastic, and i love the covers. If only Scott weren't such a freak they could have held this band together. I am not a fan of Slash's solo stuff. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Opethiandream2112
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Followup Album by Velvet Revolver
I would recommend this album to fans of the band's first CD as well as fans of Guns and Roses and Stone Temple Pilots. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Debbie
5.0 out of 5 stars Great album
I use this album to workout at the gym. Very motivating, gets my mornings moving. Slash is an excellent musician.
Published 7 months ago by Kenneth E. David II
5.0 out of 5 stars Impressive 2nd (and last) effort
Velvet Revolver's Libertad, the band's second album, is so great that after you finish listening it, you will be wanting to hear more. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Osvaldo Contreras
5.0 out of 5 stars Great music!
I have heard a few of their songs but I really like the album, and SLASH on the guitar! More of their work should be on the radio!
Published 12 months ago by Kyle W.
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally broke down.
I bought there first cd when it came out but I took forever to get the second one, man am I glad I did awesome cd. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Joe
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome album!
Perfect work for anyone that loves hard rock or the work of STP or guns n roses great songs great album
Published 17 months ago by Raphael Ortega
5.0 out of 5 stars love this album!
I love this album! I don't know why I must write 20 or more words or why I have to give a rating
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Copy Protection?
No It will not have copy protection
Jun 2, 2007 by AEnvdeyrt |  See all 10 posts
Parental Advisory
I dont think it is PA, Ive listened to it and it only has one "F" word in it, just ask a store clerk and they can look it up for you. And if you buy it at Best Buy they have some Two Disc version which is like 3 bucks more and has concert footage, and I know for a fact that the Deluxe... Read More
Jul 2, 2007 by Erik V. |  See all 3 posts
While You Wait for the New VR
I will check them out hopefully they are good.
Jun 19, 2007 by Florentine |  See all 3 posts
Velvet Revolver are REAL ROCK!! NOT that Nu Metal crap!!
Yes! We should all appreciate Velvet Revolver for being one of the very few bands that have the TRUE Rock sound these days! Learn about REAL Rock with this one people!
May 16, 2007 by Mike Tuinstra |  See all 5 posts
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