Shangri-La Dee Da - Stone Temple Pilots
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  • Summary: Grunge is long-gone, but somehow STP have survived. This is the fifth album for these long-time favorites of alternative radio.
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  1. Positive: 7 out of 11
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  1. Yet another bombshell of an album, blowing the lid off with majestic melodies, muscular pop-metal, and lyrics that detail singer Scott Weiland's battle with life and inner demons.
  2. A couple of the songs are grunge by rote, but the art-rock sensibility gleaned from Weiland's old David Bowie albums is evident in the whispered Hell It's Late. [Oct 2001, p.130]
  3. Shangri-La Dee Da stands with the band's best work -- a furious tug of war between strychnine-laced grunge and acid-stoked psychedelic pop. In fact, it may be well be the brooding California group's pinnacle.
  4. 70
    An interestingly mixed-up album. [Sep 2001, p.114]
  5. 70
    Shangri-La Dee Da sounds like two completely different bands -- DeLeo's hard rock and Weiland's soft balladry. Happily (for Atlantic Records), the album has something for both slumming Papa Roach fans and growing Jessica Simpson fans. STP has enough talent to hold both together.
  6. Today, in a world rooted in an entirely different stratum of rock, they're as lively as the corpses that archaeologists hook out of peat bogs: perfectly preserved, but not great for dancing or conversation.
  7. Eclectic to the point of sounding confused.

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  1. TysonK
    Aug 22, 2001
    9
    I really want to give this album a ten. Maybe I should. When I first heard the album, I started to think that I was listening to a rehash of 4. By the end of the album I knew I was wrong. And don't get me wrong. I really liked 4 quite a bit, though it was flawed. Every time I listen to SLDD it becomes more intense and involved. Really a super album. Hopefully the bands publicity with Weilands probs will not keep this album from getting what it deserves...RESPECT...and to be bought wouldn't hurt the band a bit either. Great album. Expand
  2. AdamW
    Aug 27, 2001
    7
    Another great STP album. I think they are the closest thing to a modern day Led Zeppelin. They can play the hard and fast stuff, but also they are very good at slower acoustic stuff. Shangri-La Dee Da isn't my favorite STP album, but it is still a good album that I like very much. Hopefully the next album will be more like Core. STP shows great diversity as a band in their sound. Expand
  3. DaveN
    Sep 22, 2006
    7
    A dissapointing end to an otherwise stellar career. A handful of good tracks (Wonderful is amazing), but this CD just doesn't compare to the other 4. Expand

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