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Just not up to standard,
This review is from: Stone Temple Pilots (Audio CD)
As a STP fan from day one I feel pretty qualified to say that after 'Tiny Music', you always approached their albums expecting them to be slightly patchy quality wise from song to song. Just a fact and you put up with it. Especially given that the gap between the best and worst on each album was always pretty small. But...
I'm sorry this album takes that gap and stretches it so far the whole fabric of it is starting to rip apart. As mentioned above, the quality of the lyrics are pretty low with Weiland resorting to write by rhyme techniques just to fill gaps at times. Something you've rarely heard him do, and the frequency of it on this album is particularly noticeable. To boot a couple of the songs I find excruciatingly embarrassing to hear. 'Cinnamon' is a stand out low point and it's unfortunate that there are a couple of others too.
It's not all bad. There are some really good rocking tracks that show the old STP flare for that driving guttural riffing with the guitar and bass but without ever straying into heavy rock territory. Almost staying poppy and catchy but sounding nice and dirty. They always were and still are good at that and it's evident here. The album sounds good. Very, very well produced, Weiland clearly making an effort to open his mouth and sing and articulate, great mix and sounds quite stripped back and sounds the better for it too.
To sum it up I'd say it's one for the long term fans who are relieved to have STP back and putting out a new record and not just doing a 'best of' set of tour dates. It's just left lacking compared to the first three albums, and to a degree the last two. Hence the three stars not four. Was it rushed to make the most of the current, and likely brief, sober period of the main protagonists? Yeah without a doubt. Could they have culled a few tracks and put out a better album as a result? Yes. Did they also rush it to have something new that audiences know in time for the up coming live dates? Of course. BUT, if this is the start of a return to form I'll be happy and the album certainly has the promise of that.
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Initial post: 16 Jun 2010 11:33:52 BDT
S. Croft says:
I really agree with what you've said, especially the part about listening to albums carefully after Tiny Music. Still I am going to see STP tonight and hopefully the new songs played alongside their old classics will be great!
Posted on 19 Jul 2010 15:45:35 BDT
D. Rees says:
I also agree... problem I have is seeing "Core" and "Purple" with "Stone Temple Pilots".... guess which album(s) I resort to listening to.
Hopefully Weiland will find some more inspiration for the lyrics if they get around to doing another record.
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