I bought the new CD, CONTRABAND, yesterday and have given it a couple of spins so far. I really like it, but not as much as I thought I would. A couple of points on the album: (a) It sounds more like Stone Temple Pilots than Guns and Roses, which I think is a good thing. Though Slash's raging solos are still fully intact. (b) It's all upbeat and rocking outside of two slower tracks, which is also good. (c) I think I would like it as much as STP or GNR if I was hearing it as a fresh "new" band instead of in the context of the two former bands. Obviously, since it's new, I don't have any nostalgic value attached to this record like I do the old STP and GNR albums.