Tuesday, April 26, 2011

V IS FOR VELVET REVOLVER “LIBERTAD”


Was I the only one who didn't expect Velvet Revolver to make it a second album? Based on their prior histories of self-destruction, that was not a bad bet.


Well I'm happy to be wrong. "Libertad" is one of those sophomore albums that builds on the strengths of the first while offering enough of a new wrinkle to build on the band's legacy. Their bread and butter is still the big-chorus, big-riff rockers like the single, "She Builds Quick Machines" that provide a vehicle for Slash's guitar frenzy.

The band takes brief detours into soul and garage rock, and a hard left on a cover of ELO's "Can't Get It Out Of My Head." While the ELO cover is a bit of a miss, the rest of the CD hits the mark.

3 comments:

  1. Not shocked, but definitely surprised. And that's an odd choice of ELO song to cover.

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  2. Even though, I do not listen to rock or heavy metal music, I did listen to “She Builds Quick machines” in its entirety and I actually enjoyed it. It is a softer rock for my listening pleasure.

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  3. Considering who is in the band, I was not surprised at all that there wasn't a second album in the works. It was a great idea; but old habits die hard!

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