Any group featuring Slash is expected to deliver some awesome hard rock-blues guitars, and the band certainly delivered there. The guitars are great. The tracks all around are heavy and thick, The album scored two tracks that topped the mainstream and modern rock charts, "Fall to Pieces" and "Slither". The tracks are excellent hard rock tracks, but lack the melody of the inevitable comparison, Guns 'N Roses tracks. They did not make much of an impact on the popular tracks, but this was clearly not their audience.
Weiland's vocals here are just ok. A little inconsistent, even...the singer himself was erratic during his time with the band personally, eventually leaving in favor of his old band, and rumored to be in and out of drugs and rehab. As a result, some of his vocals are great, some are fairly uninspired. His natural talent generally makes up for a lot, so there are tracks that sound great, and some that are just unmemorable. On his best day, the worst tracks on an STP album still stick in your head because of his unique voice, but that was just not the case with Velvet Revolver.
Slither is the best of the bunch here, with inspired vocals and a musical tone that just feels like the title implies. It was a great introduction to the band as their first single. "Big Machine", the third single, is another great hard/blues-y rock track. If you are expecting ballads here, you are clearly confused, because you ain't getting them. Actually, one or two might have helped break up the album a bit...the tracks seem to run together after a while. It begins to feel like a long jam, with some brief hits followed by a lot of messing around.
The musicians here are all top-notch, and there is some great stuff here, but not a lot you will really return to. It's great background music, but not really anything incredibly memorable, beyond maybe Slither. You are getting a mix of Stone Temple Pilots and Guns 'N' Roses band members, but not their greatest hits. This is more like the greatest leftover album tracks of the two. If you have the right expectations, it could be a fun time, but don't expect too much.