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.