Velvet Revolver
Libertad


4.5
superb

Review

by tribestros USER (62 Reviews)
July 3rd, 2007 | 34 replies


Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The true defining 80s rock revival record to have. Slash is at the top of his game and so is Scott Weiland.

You know the band Velvet Revolver and either you hate them or you love them. No, better yet you hate Slash, the guitarist, or you love Slash. Honestly, I'm in the middle; he's not a bad guitarist but he's not as good as his legacy states. But with Velvet Revolver's second attempt at an 80s rock revival record, Libertad Slash may actually silence a lot of the critics. Not only is Slash at the top of his game in Libertad, Scott Weiland is truly at the top of his game; as his vocals are great in this album. He truly shows his multiple vocal abilities in this album, as Scott Weiland often changes his voice throughout the multiple songs on Libertad.

Libertad truly shines where Guns N' Roses shined; the guitar work. Slash's guitar work is truly refined and as great as its ever been. Some of the guitar solos, such as the guitar solo in She Builds Quick Machines and even the introduction guitar riff to this song are hard to play and Slash makes them his own in no time. Slash also manages to take the guitar sound from Sweet Child O' Mine and make into a tempo, mood-setting feel in a lot of Libertad's songs.

Scott Weiland's vocals are another part of Libertad that has truly showed how much he has matured from his time in Stone Temple Pilots to Velvet Revolver's debut Contraband. He often goes up and down the scale, his key and pitch changes on almost every song on Libertad. Scott Weiland's voice has never managed to blend in so well with the music as it does in Libertad. It sounds as if these guys have been playing together for years. It's truly Scott's greatest accomplishment at the microphone.

Where Contraband failed Libertad succeeds; the songs are varied, flow a lot better than they did in Contraband, but the songs aren't mindless rockers like they were in their first release, as Scott Weiland manages to explore his multiple and many demons in songs like Pills, Demons & etc. and Gravedancer. The lyrics are about as heartfelt as rock albums like Libertad get but that doesn't make it any less hard rock; it still rocks.

The songs are surprisingly more tempo-driven and melodic though, songs like She Mine, with its unorthodox tempo and guitar riffs, or songs like She Builds Quick Machines which is about as catchy and fun as hard rock gets. There's plenty other songs that you just can't pass up though, Mary Mary is fun and surprisingly lighthearted; but the song still manages to grasp the gritty feel of Slash's guitar into a mashup that is Libertad's best song. American Man feels like a Stone Temple Pilots outtake, filled with grunge-influenced guitars and Scott exploring the lower reaches of his vocal abilities. Then of course there's the last song, Gravedancer which starts out like a straight-out hard rocker filled with Slash solos and heavy riffs before it goes into a country-influenced 'hidden song' that sounds about as tame and different than anything they've ever done.

Libertad is plain and straight out the best 80s rock revival album on the market. While Contraband was such a letdown considering the members of the band, Libertad is the true defining aspect of what Velvet Revolver should have put on store shelves with their first release. Rock fans of all ages; don't pass this album up, its one of the best we've seen come out of hard rock genres in a long time.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Iai
Emeritus
July 3rd 2007


3553 Comments


Somebody beat Spat to the review :shocked:

plane
Staff Reviewer
July 3rd 2007


7448 Comments


So far in advance that it got deleted.

Review is still decent, but ugh those semi-colons.

JohnXDoesn't
July 3rd 2007


1393 Comments



Somebody beat Spat to the review :shocked:

i was gonna do it, too. but SOP can have it i don't wanna make him cry his mascara will run

nice review. i'm on the fence about these guys. the last album didn't do much for me, and scott is a douche. your review has gotten me interested, though. but i can do without any sort of '80's music revival This Message Edited On 07.03.07

Apocalyptic Raids
July 3rd 2007


810 Comments


not really a fan but good effort on; the reviewThis Message Edited On 07.03.07

butterz
July 3rd 2007


3 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

didnt like this album one bit =

tribestros
July 3rd 2007


918 Comments


Scott Weiland is a freaking heroin addicted tool who disbanded one of my favorite bands because he couldnt control himself.

There's only 5 semicolons...

plane
Staff Reviewer
July 3rd 2007


7448 Comments


They're only correctly used twice. :/

whatThis Message Edited On 07.03.07

Two-Headed Boy
July 3rd 2007


4527 Comments


Excellent grammar.

Sharkyx
July 3rd 2007


6 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

good review, great band, mega album :D

skingle
July 3rd 2007


51 Comments


apart from saying 'truly' too much this is a pretty solid review.

Aficionado
July 3rd 2007


1027 Comments


This band epitomizes every thing wrong with supergroups.

astrel
July 3rd 2007


2615 Comments


^ I second that.

MetalHead1990
July 3rd 2007


86 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Me n u must have got a completely different album becuase i thought it was a serious let down compared to Contraband. The band haven't pushed themselves and have gone more radio FUCKING friendly

tribestros
July 3rd 2007


918 Comments


No.

Contraband was shit; at least in my opinion.

Cravinov13
July 3rd 2007


3854 Comments


From what I've heard off of this, this sucks hard.

TheStarclassicTreatment
July 3rd 2007


2910 Comments


Slash is at the top of his game

Slah is the most overrated guitarist (possibly musician) ever.

FriendofTheDevil70
July 3rd 2007


388 Comments


^In what way? That's a bit far to call him the most overrated of all time, even if you don't like him.

Anyway, nice review. When I get my desktop computer back I'll download this from the mailing list.

Zmev
July 3rd 2007


983 Comments


throughout the multiple songs on Libertad.

throughout the multiple songs on Libertad.

throughout the multiple songs on Libertad.

grief
July 3rd 2007


25 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I agree fully with the review. it is right on point. The album is great and diverse and is a great second album for a Supergroup. Usually the supergroups can't even make it to two albums!!

La Revolucion
July 3rd 2007


1060 Comments


I don't even want to listen to this. Their first album awful.



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