Sorry STP, but I just can't accept what you have become. I understand that people and bands change with the times, but that doesn't mean I have to like what both have become. Stone Temple Pilots like any group has changed as their lives have changed, and they have moved from a 90s alternative-like band with ***** works like CORE and Purple to the drug-laden Tiny Music to the post-90s sound of No. 4 (yes I know it was released in 1999), and now their self-titled album. I feel like I have gone back in time to the 1960s/1970s and I am hearing a mix of David Bowie/Led Zeppelin with a lot more thrown in the blender.
And I don't like it.
I didn't have high hopes for this album, and after hearing it I feel my concerns were proven true. There are no sure-fire hits on this album, and I believe that there hasn't been a sure-fire hit from STP since Lady Picture Show in 1996 (Tiny Music) and not a mega mega hit since 1994 with Big Empty and Interstate Love Song. I know the haters out there will tell me that was 16 years ago and to stop living in the past, but I can't help it. These last 3 albums by STP are good/average, certainly not great... not even close. From starting off being compared to Pearl Jam in 1992 (I never agreed with these comparisons), it's amazing how similar these 2 bands have taken paths as it relates to their musical releases. After Ten and Vs., Pearl Jam had a big hit with "Better Man" on Corduroy, but then have been releasing albums that only their die-hard fans could enjoy ever since.
What blew me away with Contraband, the 2004 release by Velvet Revolver was how incredible the album as a whole was. It showed me that Scott Weiland still had the magic in him to be able to create masterpieces like Slither and the monster hit Fall To Pieces. Of course, then Libertad comes out and we are back to hearing sub-par music.
I don't rate this album better or worse than No. 4 or Shang-ri La De Da. These albums are essentially all the same to me. Some of the work is nice, but there isn't a single song from any of these albums that I put up there with the work done by STP in their first 5 years. They were a flame that burned their hottest right off the bat like so many do, and now all we have are smoldering ashes left to warm us by the fire. For many fans this will be enough, but for this one, I yearn for the days of old.
Sorry STP, but I just can't accept what you have become. I understand that people and bands change with the times, but that doesn't mean I have to like what both have become. Stone Temple Pilots like any group has changed as their lives have changed, and they have moved from a 90s alternative-like band with ***** works like CORE and Purple to the drug-laden Tiny Music to the post-90s sound of No. 4 (yes I know it was released in 1999), and now their self-titled album. I feel like I have gone back … more
Atlantic recording group Stone Temple Pilots has announced the upcoming release of their hugely anticipated new album. 'STONE TEMPLE PILOTS' - the Grammy Award-winning band's first all-new collection in close to a decade - will arrive in stores and at all online retailers around the globe on May 25th. Produced by Stone Temple Pilots and mixed by Chris Lord-Alge (Green Day, Dave Matthews Band, My Chemical Romance), 'STONE TEMPLE PILOTS' sees one of rock's biggest bands continuing to explore their enduring approach to music - melding big rock riffs, classic pop hooks, and the restless experimentalism of glam, punk, and psychedelia. Stone Temple Pilots - Scott Weiland, Dean DeLeo, Robert DeLeo, and Eric Kretz - will introduce fans to the new album at their first live date of 2010, performing as part of the annual South By Southwest (SXSW) Music Festival in Austin, Texas. The show - slated for Thursday, March 18th at the famed Austin Music Hall, and presented by StubHub, the world's largest ticket marketplace - kicks off an extensive worldwide 2010 schedule for STP, with U.S. dates, radio festivals, and a European tour slated to follow. A full-scale North American summer tour will also be announced in the coming weeks.
Deluxe edition will contain 4 bonus tracks: -Samba Nova (Bonus Track) -Vasoline (Live from Chicago) -Hickory Dichotomy (Live from Chicago) -Between the Lines (Live from Chicago)
Includes a 12 page booklet and an 18 panel poster plus ...