Libertad (Velvet Revolver album)

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Libertad
Studio album by Velvet Revolver
Released July 3, 2007
Recorded December 11, 2006 – February 25, 2007 at Henson Recording Studios
Genre Hard rock
Length 51:48
Label RCA Records
Producer Brendan O'Brien and Velvet Revolver
Velvet Revolver chronology
Melody and the Tyranny (EP)
(2007)
Libertad
(2007)
Singles from Libertad
  1. "She Builds Quick Machines"
    Released: May 21, 2007
  2. "The Last Fight"
    Released: August 20, 2007
  3. "Get Out the Door"
    Released: 2007
  4. "Let It Roll"
    Released: May 23, 2008

Libertad is the second studio album by American hard rock band Velvet Revolver, released on July 3, 2007. The name is Spanish and translates to "liberty" or "freedom" in English. According to a 2007 interview with Rolling Stone, along with the Stone Temple Pilots albums Core and Stone Temple Pilots, Libertad is one of only three albums lead singer Scott Weiland has written while sober.[1][2]

Libertad was the last Velvet Revolver album to feature Weiland on vocals, after his departure from the band in April 2008. Libertad is also the last record the band released on RCA Records.

Release and promotion[edit]

Velvet Revolver originally announced their plans for a second album in late 2005, when lead singer Scott Weiland said that the band was planning on recording a concept album. Although it is not certain how concrete the concept album plans were,[3] they were eventually scrapped and the band began to work with famed producer Rick Rubin. However, the bandmembers felt that Rubin was not a good fit for the band and thus parted ways with him. In December 2006, Velvet Revolver began working with producer Brendan O'Brien, who had previously produced albums for Stone Temple Pilots, Weiland's former band. As Scott Weiland commented in Kerrang! magazine, "We were really excited about six months ago, when we first began writing. Then we really kind of flat-lined for a while, We didn't know which way we were going. Once Brendan (O'Brien) came on board, it was kind of like a shot in the arm. It was a new energy." Recording began on December 11 and continued through December, January, and February. The process was documented by a series of video blogs, or "Vlogs", available on the band's website.

On June 26, 2007, Velvet Revolver released a sneak peek of Libertad in its entirety.

Libertad was a released as an Enhanced-CD which includes a 10-minute video documentary called "Re-Evolution: The Making of Libertad" (Directed by Rocco Guarino). A deluxe Best Buy edition was also released which includes a DVD containing a 30-minute documentary called "Tierra Roja, Sangre Roja" (Directed by Rocco Guarino), that documented the band's journey across South America.

To promote the album, Velvet Revolver embarked on a South American tour with Aerosmith. The final performance saw 70,000 fans in attendance. Shortly thereafter, VR embarked on a North American club tour, revealing several new songs. The band also played major music festivals such as the Download Festival. On August 2007, they began a North American arena tour with Alice in Chains, and later toured Europe and Asia.

Songs from the album were featured at X Games XIII as being the official background music to the event. The track "Let It Roll" is also used as the official theme song for the 2007 WWE Diva Search. The song "American Man" has also been used in promotional ads for the popular drama Prison Break.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic (68/100)[4]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[5]
Billboard (Positive)[6]
Blabbermouth 6/10 stars[7]
Entertainment Weekly A−[8]
New York Post 4/4 stars[9]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars[10]
The Austin Chronicle 2/5 stars[11]
San Francisco Chronicle (Positive)[12]
USA Today 3/4 stars[13]
Yahoo! (Positive)[14]

The album debuted at number five on the U.S. Billboard 200, selling 92,000 copies in its first week; as of October 12, 2007, it has sold 222,000 copies and had fallen off the charts. Compared to the multi-platinum success of Contraband, Libertad was seen as a commercial disappointment for the band.[15] The album is certified Gold in New Zealand and Canada. Upon its release, Libertad received generally positive reviews and was said to possibly be "THE rock record of the summer" according to the Associated Press. Rolling Stone also gave the album a good review, stating that "there is plenty of thrill in the fuzz-lined hard-rubber bends of Slash's guitar breaks and the way bassist Duff McKagan keeps time, like a cop swinging a billy club" and that the album had "honest depth."[10]

Controversies[edit]

Pinochet's regime allusion[edit]

The album's cover features a stylized 10 Chilean pesos coin produced from 1973 to 1990. The coin is an allusion to the Coup d'état in Chile in 1973 against the socialist president Salvador Allende.[16] During the Augusto Pinochet military dictatorship, the coin bore the image of the winged female figure. To her side, in small Roman numerals, the date of the coup d'état is marked, and underneath the word Libertad (Freedom, meant as freedom from marxism) is written in capitals. After the return of democracy, Pinochet's winged female was replaced with the portrait of the Chilean independence leader Bernardo O'Higgins.

It was later stated by Slash in an interview in September 2007 by 102.1 The Edge in Dallas that the image came from a friend's old Chilean 10 pesos necklace. Slash reported that he had no idea what the significance of the image was until a concert in Brazil.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Scott Weiland, Slash, Duff McKagan, Matt Sorum and Dave Kushner. All lyrics written by Scott Weiland, except where noted.. 

No. Title Length
1. "Let It Roll"   2:32
2. "She Mine"   3:24
3. "Get Out the Door"   3:14
4. "She Builds Quick Machines"   4:03
5. "The Last Fight"   4:03
6. "Pills, Demons & Etc."   2:54
7. "American Man"   3:56
8. "Mary Mary"   4:33
9. "Just Sixteen"   3:58
10. "Can't Get It Out of My Head" (written by Jeff Lynne) 3:57
11. "For a Brother"   3:26
12. "Spay"   3:06
13. "Gravedancer" (contains hidden track "Don't Drop That Dime" from 4:40) 8:42
Total length:
51:48

Personnel[edit]

Miscellaneous[edit]

  • Slash used a Vox AC30 amplifier to record some parts.
  • Slash played "The Last Fight" and "Gravedancer" clean parts with a Gretsch 6120 Setzer.[17]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Aveling, Nick (June 1, 2010). "Scott Weiland on his new, sober album with Stone Temple Pilots". The Vancouver Sun. CanWest News Service. Retrieved June 11, 2010. 
  2. ^ Michaels, Levi (September 6, 2007). "Velvet Revolver Drummer Matt Sorum Checks In from the Road". Santa Barbara Independent. Archived from the original on June 11, 2010. Retrieved June 11, 2010. 
  3. ^ Pt2. Metal Hammer in conversation with Duff McKagan on YouTube
  4. ^ Metacritic score
  5. ^ Allmusic review
  6. ^ Billboard review at the Wayback Machine (archived July 3, 2007)
  7. ^ Blabbermouth review
  8. ^ Entertainment Weekly review
  9. ^ New York Post review
  10. ^ a b Rolling Stone review
  11. ^ The Austin Chronicle review
  12. ^ San Francisco Chronicle review
  13. ^ USA Today review[dead link]
  14. ^ Yahoo! review at the Wayback Machine (archived July 3, 2007)
  15. ^ Katie Hasty, T.I. Is Top Dog Again On The Billboard 200, Billboard.com, July 11, 2007.
  16. ^ "VR Reveals Artwork but Pushes Back Release". gnrdaily.com. 2007-05-10. Retrieved 2007-05-10. 
  17. ^ "Libertad on SlashParadise". www.slashparadise.com. February 12, 2013. 

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