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Feels like a homage to their heroes rather than an STP album. Disappointing.
on 28 May 2015
Stone Temple Pilots last album- so far with Scott Weiland is chockablock full of hooks and riffs but it is a difficult album to fully digest and be happy with if you have followed the band for years. It's an album that feels more like a homage to their heroes than anything original or individual. You know that saying, be yourself!? Well that doesn't refer to this record.
From the 12 tracks, three are good and the rest are painfully forgetable. But this only comes down to seasoned listeners- and younger fans may well find something here to enjoy. But for us oldies The opening tracks of Between the Lines- a fine tune by the way and Take a Load off, really feel close to a rejected Nirvana song. Hictory Dictomory and First Kiss on Mars are obvious homages to David Bowie. Indeed on the former you could be mistaken for thinking that a young Bowie is on vocals.
Dare if you Dare is a fan favourite but rarely if ever is it played live, and STP continue with their homages, this time it is predictably The Beatles. Cinnamon is catchy if not a little too pop and Fast as I can is just yuk. OK in fairness it is a breezy song, but this is a type of late 80s mainstream pop throwback that this same band would have laughed at in their heyday.
The remaining tracks are quite forgetable. It's a shame that STP took this route, they have managed to make an album full of original songs that feel like a cover album. The writing perhaps was on the wall and now they are fronted by Chester Bennington, a Weiland wannabe, though not without talent. Weiland himself deserves little sympathy, but you sense that if he can get his life back together, we could be seeing a reunion of sorts if not in the next decade in our lifetimes.