Music review by
Kathi Kamen Goldmark, Common Sense Media
Contraband Music Poster Image
Self-defined supergroup falls flat.

Parents say

age 14+
Based on 5 reviews

Kids say

age 5+
Based on 6 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this music.

Positive Messages

Sexist, homophobic, and nasty.


Some violent imagery.


Not really explicit, but sexist and cynical.


The parental advisory sticker is well-deserved.



Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

An odd message--lyrics appear to be anti-drug, while also glamorizing getting high.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that most of the songs here are innocuous, but those that do have offensive lyrics pack a wallop, and the music isn't brilliant enough to make them worthwhile.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bygrizmaster1981 December 4, 2012

There is worse rock than this.

Parents should check the lyrics as this is one of those recordings where avoiding certain songs means avoiding the swearing. Honestly this album's content... Continue reading
Adult Written bystaticboy88 January 7, 2012

Great rock album suitable for mid-teens

A near five star and one of the best rock albums of the 2000's. It isn't a really harsh PA album...there's a fair amount of coarse language, as w... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byGreenRhino December 16, 2011

Falls flat? I don't think so.

Falls flat? Nuh-uh. This is a great album- the closest thing you'll ever get to Gn'R in today's world.
Kid, 11 years old August 13, 2010


serisouly Self-defined supergroup falls flat wow that's so sad it's gnr without the frickin idiot axl

What's the story?

Velvet Revolver, a self-defined \"supergroup\" made up of members of Guns N' Roses and the Stone Temple Pilots, get an \"A\" for effort on CONTRABAND, but the whole thing ultimately falls flat. Gratuitous sexist posturing and references to guns and drugs don't help, but they aren't really the whole problem either -- this project reeks of a brand of cynical self-absorption that gets boring really fast. \"All that first-class jet set brings me down, down, down/All that first-class drug sh*t brings me down, down, down,\" the boys lament after calling someone an offensive term for a homosexual on \"Big Machine.\" Poor babies! If it's so awful, why not give it up? How about volunteering at a homeless shelter or a hospice instead? It would do the Velvet Revolver guys a world of good, and save the rest of us from having to hear them whine.

Is it any good?

Some of the performances on "Contraband are excellent. Slash contributes amazing guitar work and vocalist Scott Weiland sings his heart out, supported by a powerful rhythm section. But the arrangements feel old and warmed over, and the lyrics aren't interesting enough to make up for all the obnoxious -- and sometimes offensive -- posturing.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about rock star arrogance, and how -- if they become rock stars -- they should avoid it at all costs.

Music details

  • Artist: Velvet Revolver
  • Release date: June 8, 2004
  • Label: RCA
  • Genre: Rock
  • Parental advisory: Yes
  • Edited version available: No
  • Last updated: July 14, 2015

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