ROCK

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Music - Natasha Lee

WHEN mi­grants from Guns N’ Roses and 1990s group Stone Tem­ple Pi­lots formed Vel­vet Re­volver, crit­ics and fans were du­bi­ous. Their de­but album Con­tra­band si­lenced a few doubters, but ev­ery­one knows th­ese su­per­groups rarely hang around past their de­but. Now with a new pro­ducer on­board, Vel­vet Re­volver’s sopho­more ef­fort shows they’re damned se­ri­ous. Lib­er­tad is ag­gres­sive, clas­sic ’ 80s rock. Tracks such as the repet­i­tive and cheesy Let it Roll may give the im­pres­sion they are try­ing to cross over into the pop mar­ket, but don’t be fooled. Scott Wei­land’s voice hasn’t sounded this good for a long time. And Slash is still the speed- in­fused gui­tar de­mon from Guns N’ Roses. It’s a mir­a­cle his fin­ger­tips didn’t fall off by the end of the album. They even man­age to in­te­grate a lit­tle coun­try- rock into the album with the Dy­lanesque Gravedancer . Slash’s pos­sessed, manic gui­tar play­ing takes a back seat to a more laid­back coun­tryin­spired sound, a la Hank Wil­lams, and Wei­land lends his voice to the oc­ca­sional yo­del ( yes, I’m se­ri­ous). Who would have thought metal would mesh so seam­lessly with coun­try? Lib­er­tad Vel­vet Re­volver SonyBMG

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