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  • Summary: The Grammy-winning California rock band led by Scott Weiland returns with its first album in nearly a decade.
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  1. Positive: 10 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. Displaying impressive vocal polish from outspoken frontman Scott Weiland; blazing guitar solos over tight, crunch-laden instrumentation; and grungy takes on Lennon/McCartney melodicism, STP asserts its place among seminal hard-rock chameleons.
  2. Scott Weiland sounds downright effervescent on the first Stone Temple Pilots disc in nearly a decade. There's nothing new here, just cheap and easy pop-rock mimicry (the Beatles, Petty, Nirvana, Bowie, Aerosmith), siphoned through spry, crunchy grunge riffs.
  3. Loaded with heady guitar trips and crunching grooves, all topped off with flamboyant frontman Scott Weiland’s soulful vocal (which sounds all the better for his newly cleaned-up lifestyle), this is classic STP.
  4. Hallelujah! Grunge legends stand the test of time.
  5. Said new record is what one would expect: wholly similar to their first three records in that it’s got three possible hit singles, a useless Side B, and is proudly derivative of at least six other bands. They are amusingly impervious to trends. So long as you can get your head around the fact that it’s, y’know, Stone Temple Pilots, this, their self-titled sixth full-length, is far better than any pointless reunion album needs to be.
  6. The shape of the Top 40 has changed significantly since the early '00s; these days there's far less space than there used to be for white guys with guitars. So although some of these songs feel like hits, their success seems far from guaranteed.
  7. You can’t really fault the band for successfully doing much what it did in the 90s, but don’t expect Purple. There’s no Vasoline or Interstate Love Song.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 13
  2. Negative: 1 out of 13
  1. RyanR
    May 25, 2010
    This album by STP is one of there greatest achievements yet. It is a combination of "Purple" and "Tiny Music". I love it! I especially like the fact that this album sounded great on its first play-through. It only gets better the more I listen to it. I am now a fan of every track! Each one offers something special about them. I love "Take a Load Off", "Bagman" and "Humbleberry Creek" in particular. Scotts vocals are great! Dean's guitar playing is clean and raw in some parts but it is his versatility that caught me off guard on this record.....Effing amazing! Rob continues to show all bass players how to do it and also how to write, collaborate and create melodic geniousity. Kretz is back with a more "active" style of drumline. He has stayed consistent over the years but I've heard some new creative stuff from him in this one. This is one of the best rock bands ever and they deliver to the fans a great record that will spin for many years to come. My only wish is that they will stay committed to STP and its fans in the way of several albums in the future. Long live Scott, Dean, Robert and Eric! I love you guys and the great music you give us! :-D Expand
  2. Mar 30, 2013
    Stone Temple Pilots is one of the best rock bands that not many people have heard of, great album, great music. Dean DeLeo rocks those guitar solos like not a lot of rock guitarists can these days, the vocals perfectly complement the rocking instruments and the songs just come off as unique and well made. This band reminds me heavily of Aerosmith, except newer. If you like good music, or aren't deaf, chances are you'll like this album. Expand
  3. Craig
    May 26, 2010
    Really excellent stuff--better than I expected. Of course, my favourite STP album is Tiny Music, so I'm open to some of the more pop-oriented explorations here (Although I can't stand Hickory Dichotomy--Weiland sounds like the flaming dude from the B-52s). Expand
  4. Dan
    May 25, 2010
    Very good, took a bunch of listens to get on board with the different sound they went with (as usual with their later albums), but very worth it.
  5. Soy
    May 29, 2010
    It's no Core or Purple, or even Tiny Music, but it's still good enough to stay in the same room as them.
  6. MatthewS
    May 25, 2010
    Wow. I forgot about smart Rock n' Roll. This definitely fills a void in modern music. Stripped down and expanded at the same time. Rare talent.
  7. Sep 30, 2010
    This my friend is not just bad for Stone Temple Pilots, it's just a lackluster album overall. Coming from a true STP, Scott Weiland, Velvet Revolver, Army of Anyone - fan. Honestly, the band doesn't sound half bad, this time I'd place fault mostly on Scotty. Still love you Scott. Expand

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