Stone Temple Pilots - Stone Temple Pilots
Metascore
70

Generally favorable reviews - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  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. The 12 tracks blend essentially everything STP ever did well without sounding like a stitched-together version of past hits.
  5. As a complete work, Stone Temple Pilots is sturdy and probably more surprising for the fact that it was ever made than for its actual contents.
  6. As it stands, Stone Temple Pilots is a good solid record and an inadvertent testament to the fact that these guys need each other.
  7. Not that long ago, STP would have struggled to hit the simple sparkle of "Cinnamon," with its falling jangle and "Yeah, c'mon, c'mon" chorus. The sunshine is overdue, but it suits them.
  8. Hallelujah! Grunge legends stand the test of time.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. It's not groundbreaking stuff, but it surpasses all expectations for a group who've spent almost a decade apart.
  12. In its heyday Stone Temple Pilots brought swagger and darkness to its second-tier grunge. Now the band has returned from its hiatus with less of a musical identity and blander tidings.
  13. 2010 brings us one more Stone Temple Pilots album, a far more fitting epilogue (or, perhaps, next chapter) for such a successful career even as it actually manages to be more overtly derivative than any album they’ve released thus far.
  14. There are a couple groovy licks scattered here and there which are half decent, but otherwise it's a tepid exercise in mediocrity difficult to even feign interest in.
  15. 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.
User Score
8.0

Generally favorable reviews- based on 43 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 14
  2. Negative: 1 out of 14
  1. Mar 30, 2013
    10
    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 guitarStone 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. Full Review »
  2. Aug 21, 2010
    7
    First listen will make you think the band is on an IV of estrogen and the cover of the album would reinforce that method. Nothing new hereFirst listen will make you think the band is on an IV of estrogen and the cover of the album would reinforce that method. Nothing new here but it's what is missing is that defines the good and the bad of this album. Gone is the tried and true formula of opening with crunchy, all out guitar blast track that sets the tempo of the album (See Core, Purple, No. 4, and SLDD). What you get a Casey Casem(sp?) top 40 hit that will ensure this band makes its 10 cents and recoups any productions costs. Hickory Dichotomy is a nice groove and one of the few tracks you'll ever here Weiland fail at....on any album. Gone also is also long time producer Brian Brenna(sp).

    Turn the album over folks and go to the 2nd side where you almost tell STP fall into their groove. Starting with Bagman, and then into the sleeper track of this album Peacoat followed by First Kiss on Mars (why isn't this on the radio?). Samba Nova gives you almost a eerie remind of how good this band can be when it slows down and more importantly shows that this band can age nicely.

    Where would I rate this album? Slightly lower than Tiny Music but what sells here folks is a band that is so good at putting together fantastic melodies, (underrated) guitar play and fantastic lyrics (Jim would be happy Scott).
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  3. Craig
    May 26, 2010
    10
    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 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). Full Review »