Velvet Revolver

Libertad (RCA)

Phases & Stages

Velvet Revolver

Libertad (RCA)

Velvet Revolver takes after its mother. Three-fifths Guns N' Roses ought to make it ornery, but ex-Stone Temple Pilot Scott Weiland's vocals mulch into the middle of the mix, more rhythm than lead, the band's musical bed a grungy mire rather than metallic hellion. Libertad flips the end-run finish of the group's 2004 debut, Contraband, front-loaded and overall smoother, tighter, louder thanks to veteran producer Brendan O'Brien. Sleazy drug rock and faux glam have been replaced by STP's radio-friendly generics ("American Man," "Mary Mary"). Opener "Let It Roll," Slash's cascading riff the best of the lot, gangs up with "She Mine," hitched rodeo hop "Get Out the Door," and bucking, barreling "She Builds Quick Machines," yet another guitar thresher, while never shaking STP's DeLeo brothers brand of SoCal bland. What-where-they-thinking? cover "Can't Get It out of My Head" dims ELO even further. At close, Libertad's bonus country shamble recalls Great White's "Wasted Rock Ranger." Mama's boys.

**

A note to readers: Bold and uncensored, The Austin Chronicle has been Austin’s independent news source for over 36 years, expressing the community’s political and environmental concerns and supporting its active cultural scene. Now more than ever, we need your support to continue supplying Austin with independent, free press. If real news is important to you, please consider making a donation of $5, $10 or whatever you can afford, to help keep our journalism on stands.

Support the Chronicle  

READ MORE
More Music Reviews
Texas Platters
Portrayal of Guilt
Let Pain Be Your Guide (Record Review)

Raoul Hernandez, Nov. 23, 2018

Texas Platters
Immortal Guardian
Age of Revolution (Record Review)

Michael Toland, Oct. 26, 2018

More by Raoul Hernandez
ACL Live Review: Metallica
Live Shot: Metallica
Hardwired act to follow

Oct. 7, 2018

ACL Live Review: Greta Van Fleet
Live Shot: Greta Van Fleet
The Darkness 2.0

Oct. 6, 2018

MORE IN THE ARCHIVES
NEWSLETTERS
One click gets you all the newsletters listed below

Breaking news, arts coverage, and daily events

Can't keep up with happenings around town? We can help.

Austin's queerest news and events

Updates for SXSW 2019

All questions answered (satisfaction not guaranteed)

Information is power. Support the free press, so we can support Austin.   Support the Chronicle