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May 11, 2010 by  

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Stone Temple Pilots – Stone Temple Pilots

NAME: Stone Temple Pilots
ALBUM: Stone Temple Pilots
YEAR: 24th May 2010
LABEL: Atlantic
RATING: 5/5

FIVE WORD REVIEW: First essential album of 2010.

LOCATION: San Diego, California

LINE UP: Scott Weiland (vocals) / Dean DeLeo (guitars) / Robert DeLeo (bass) / Eric Kretz (drums)

WHAT’S THE STORY?: Often lumped into the Grunge scene, Stone Temple Pilots have always had a little too much hip-shakin’ glitz to fit neatly besides Nirvana and Mudhoney. Their ’92 debut release ‘Core’ went eight times platinum, followed by four more studio albums, then topped off with 2003’s compilation ‘Thank You’. This eponymously titled release sees the four-piece reconvene after a five year break, during which Weiland worked with ex-Guns’n’Roses musicians Slash, Duff and Matt Sorum in Velvet Revolver. In 2008, Weiland and his cohorts got back together for a tour of more than 70 dates. This summer, they’ll be at Britain’s premier rock festival, Download, where Slash will also be playing tracks from his new solo album.

SOUNDS LIKE: that hiatus was worth it. Heaped with melodies, hooks a-plenty and weighty choruses, the quartet’s song writing has taken a lighter trajectory than some of their previous work. First single ‘Between The Lines’ has all the essentials of a successful opening track: thudding drums, clever lyricism in the chorus (“You always were my favourite drug / Even when we used to take drugs”) and a juicy guitar solo any 70s icon would be proud of. ‘Take A Load Off’ scores points with its soaring singalong chorus, whilst the stop time groove in Huckleberry Crumble forces it to stand out like a wonderfully sore thumb. ‘Dare If You Dare’ slows things down with gloriously dream-like vocal lines, even if the chorus is more than slightly reminiscent of a certain Mott The Hoople hit. ‘Hazy Daze’ is a dirty, swaggering riff monster which begs full volume, and then ‘First Kiss On Mars’ does a 180, tipping its hat in the direction of David Bowie. Closer ‘Maver’ is beautifully simple, piano-tinged and perfect.

YOU’LL LIKE THIS IF YOU LIKE: rock ‘n’ roll. Keeping up with previous stalwart albums, if you were a fan of early STP or Velvet Revolver, you’re gonna be impressed with this. If you’ve never seen these guys live before, grab the opportunity this summer. If you have seen them before, then you’ll already have tickets.

LINKS: www.stonetemplepilots.com // www.myspace.com/stonetemplepilots

– RED

Full album album tracklisting:
1. Between The Lines
2. Take A Load Off
3. Huckleberry Crumble
4. Hickory Dichotomy
5. Dare if You Dare
6. Cinnamon
7. Hazy Daze
8. Bagman
9. Peacoat
10. Fast As I Can
11. First Kiss on Mars
12. Maver






 

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