Historically, guitar heroes who leave their most famous band don’t top their previous efforts with a new band. But Velvet Revolver is categorized as a “supergroup” – a label that also spells doom. Throughout rock history, egos, death, boredom or “creative differences” have ended supergroups. Scott Weiland and the ex-GNR boys share the same personal sagas with addiction, booze and rock and roll chaos. This lineup mixes the wild eyed 80′s and some 90′s angst perfectly. Stone Temple Pilots were always seen as Pearl Jam/Alice in Chains ripoffs but Weiland had the charisma and cheap drug experiences required for a frontman. STP never really aspired to new heights. This album plays to Weiland’s strengths and to Slash’s chemistry with his ex-GNR mates.
“Slither” was the first single and immediately scores as Weiland proves the rehab was worth the wait. “Fall to Pieces” is destined to be a crowd pleaser or encore in future VR concerts. It’s not necessarily a ballad but the soaring guitar solos by Slash are cigarette lighter ready for the GNR crowd. “Spectacle” is bare knuckle brawling by Weiland and Slash against their opponents. Matt Sorum and Duff handle the rhythm section tighter than their GNR days and Dave Kushner brings some post 90′s rhythm guitars to balance Slash.
What this disc proves that you can have your 70′s/80′s/90′s and new millenium production all rolled into one. Now pick up a six pack and put this on your iPod and blow your earphones away. Hopefully, Velvet Revolver puts out a double album before this decade is over.