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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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Good songs interesting band mix.but it often sounds like the STONE TEMPLE PILOTS more than GUNS AND ROSES. Read morePublished 7 months ago by David Insinga
Live the riffs & maybe not so good as the first one but this album deserves some respect . Haters gonna hate ....,Published 13 months ago by Motley Cruz
While i think Contraband is way better, i really like Libertad!!!!There[[s 2 or 3 songs that are not so great, but most of the album is inspired and solid!!!! Read morePublished 17 months ago by Fluminense Rio