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Should have stayed in the Vatican Gift Shop
on 29 July 2004
Extremely disapointing follow up to the awesome Core and fairly good 12 Gracious Melodies. The songs are incredibly weak with the best of a bad bunch being 'And So I Know' and 'Seven Caged Tigers'. Both these songs are fairly melodic and offer some respite from the drivel that precedes them, but are in themselves still fairly average tracks.
The vocals are the weakest yet - not sure if this is to do with the shenanigans in the life of Scott Weiland at the time. This can be no excuse for the remainder of the band who seem to have lost the ability to come up with a single decent riff.
Obviously this is only my opinion and other reviews suggest that some people do like the album, but I will be selling this CD again as soon as possible. Unfortunately, I cannot find anything positive to say about this album - even the cover is a bit naff!