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J. Cole - Lost Ones

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Velvet Revolver - Contraband

There are a number of lead singers of bands I'd love getting a beer with. Not to be one of those over-the-top crazy fans, but just ask a couple questions and see if the guy is as cool as I perceive him to be. One of those guys is Mr. Scott Weiland. What's that? A segway...allow me to continue. Along with Weiland, this is yet another rock supergroup that formed in 2002. They have half of Guns N Roses (including Slash) and then a guy from Wasted Youth. The story goes, there was a bit of an encouraging from VH1 to get this band going. They auditioned a ton of singers back in 2000 or so, but couldn't find the right fit. Weiland was included then, but STP was still going, and he didn't feel he could leave. Weiland had a bit of an in, as he was in rehab with one guy and then attended the same gym as another. When Weiland was sent the original demos, he claimed it sounded like "Bad Company gone wrong". But after STP disbanded, he heard some new stuff and compared it to the original STP 'Core' era. Critics bashed this album, saying it was too much of a GNR/STP mash up. Well personally, I don't see it. Obviously it's going to sound like STP - since it's the same vocal. But in overall sound, it's really nothing like STP. I could see some comparisons to GNR, but it's way less intense. This is a more laidback rock, save a couple tracks. They claim they're back in the studio, but that Weiland it out for certain. Probably due to STP dropping their new record, and touring. This album is 2x in the states, with a couple nice singles off it. I'd recommend this one today. While it's not amazing, it's got again, a nice overall rock/alt rock feel. If you're a fan of either contributing band, you'll enjoy this band too. Especially if you're an STP nut like me, this will be right up your alley.

1. Suckertrain Blues
2. Do It For the Kids
3. Big Machine
4. Illegal I Song
5. Spectacle
6. Fall to Pieces
7. Headspace
8. Superhuman
9. Set Me Free
10. You Got No Right
11. Slither
12. Dirty Little Thing
13. Loving the Alien

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Top 3 Tracks:
1. Slither
2. Fall To Pieces
3. You Got No Right

3.25 out of 5 stars


  1. Oh, it's not that bad. Listen to it again.

  2. i think ill save my ears the torture.

  3. Bah. It's really not that bad. But then again, I do love me some Weiland. I might be biased.