I've listened to STP for years and have all their albums, from the young, punked-up and angry debut 'Core' to the more polished, somewhat Doors-y 'Shangri la dee da'. STP are known for wearing their influences on their sleeve, be it Zeppelin or Sabbath, Bowie or The Beatles. Here is the bands 'fun' record. Their place in American music history assured (and with a sharply growing fanbase here in the UK) its time to kick back and have some fun. Listeners will find affectionate nods to the country-rock of Creedence, the 70's hard-blues of a coked-up Aerosmith or Berlin-era Bowie and in doing so will find the most consistently catchy set of choruses Weiland has yet written.
All but gone are the autobiographical drug memoirs of the previous records, replaced by upbeat rock n roll, the likes of which seems to be so rare in this day and age. STP are a band at their absolute peak, enjoying their stardom and success. Yes, it poppy as hell, but having said that, I defy you to find a fresher, more exuberant slice of classic rock this side of 1978. Critics have suggested that they have rushed this one out, that they aren't taking it seriously, maybe they shouldn't. Rock n roll should be fun, and you'll be hard pushed to find a more enjoyable band in the rock mainstream right now.