Stone Temple Pilots
Stone Temple Pilots


2.5
average

Review

by Mike Allen USER (107 Reviews)
May 21st, 2010 | 104 replies | 15,965 views


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: While Alice in Chains reminded us that grunge is not dead, the Stone Temple Pilots are reminding us why we forgot about them in the first place.

9 of 10 thought this review was well written

From the inauguration of the band’s existence in 1992, the Stone Temple Pilots have been perceived as a sort of underappreciated group; an unnecessary ember in a fire that had consumed the early 1990’s rock scene. The Stone Temple Pilots likely hopped on the grunge bandwagon a year too late, for Pearl Jam, Alice in Chains, Nirvana, and Soundgarden had already released monster records. While immensely successful, Core was not widely accepted by the general public, due to the band’s alleged similarities to the “Big Four.” Lead singer Scott Weiland was blasted for his seemingly inconsolable desire to be Eddie Vedder, and the band was subsequently coined as “Pearl Jam rip-offs” despite irreparable differences between the groups. Needless to say, the Stone Temple Pilots developed into a respected and relatively successful mainstream group, even if the group was unable to escape the criticism that had inevitably pigeonholed them.

It has been nine years since the release of Shangri-La-Dee-Da, which had been the most disparaged Stone Temple Pilots album to date. At this time, it became apparent that the band had been suffering from a lack of chemistry, most likely spurred on by Weiland’s reckless substance addiction. A greatest hits record Thank You, in 2003 pinpointed the time frame in which the members went their separate ways. Weiland remained relevant when he joined ex-Guns ‘N’ Roses components to form Velvet Revolver; an overhyped project that received mixed results to say the least, but doing further damage to Weiland’s already toiled reputation. The Stone Temple Pilots reunion just this past year was not unlike the reformation of grunge contemporary Alice in Chains, for both groups had been out of commission for some time. 2009 saw Alice in Chains come roaring back with Black Gives Way to Blue, a miraculous return to form album for a band that needed to replace a lead singer. Unfortunately, the Stone Temple Pilots comeback is nothing of this sort. In fact, it should have been easier.

With Stone Temple Pilots it appears that Weiland and crew have opted to infuse elements of classic rock into the music, having reminiscence of bluesy 70’s rock and 80’s glam rock. With that said however, the record does not waver much from typical STP from a musical standpoint, utilizing massive riffs and smooth transitions. There are a few instances of atypical instrumentation, the most obvious being “Huckleberry Crumble,” a bluesy track that dangerously parallels Aerosmith. Lead single Between the Lines points to the contrary, making excellent use of a powerful riff and fitting leads which would not be out of place on Tiny Music...Songs From the Vatican. Remaining in familiar territory for the most part, the instrumentation proves to be the saving grace of the record to an extent.

Scott Weiland’s issue with his drug addictions has always been a direct reflection of his music; at times lacking emotion or a formidable presence. Stone Temple Pilots reveals a very detached Weiland, as if he doesn’t even care. What is worse, is that sub-par songwriting has created these pedestrian or just plain terrible choruses, that don’t seem to generate any sort of interest from the listener. Between the Lines epitomizes the album in this regard, with Scott singing “I like it when we talk about love, I like it when you talk about love, you were always my favorite drug, even when we used to take drugs.” Sure enough, the track has already been an immense commercial success, giving indication that a few others should soon follow suit. Don’t let that fool you however, because a high majority of Stone Temple Pilots simply does not offer any substance and comes off as uninspired. The record’s only great track is the ultimate one in Maver, a piano-laden, but lively ballad which showcases Weiland’s greatest vocal performance. The harmonies are simply outstanding, and the track itself releases the damper for at least its five minute duration.

This is no Alice in Chains-esque comeback. It is a rather lackluster effort from the Stone Temple Pilots who may never receive the credit that they merit. Stone Temple Pilots is a dull attempt to rehash the acclaim of the glory days; Core, Purple, and even Tiny Music…, leading us to believe that the band should have remained on hiatus. STP should be concerned with preserving and even furthering their legacy, but the self-titled release does neither of those things. While Alice in Chains reminded us that grunge is not dead, the Stone Temple Pilots are reminding us why we forgot about them in the first place.



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EVedder27
May 21st 2010



6088 Comments


Average album is average. Quite disappointed.

klap
Staff Reviewer
May 21st 2010



10258 Comments


whoa didn't even know these guys were back

Digging: The Bilinda Butchers - Heaven

Romulus
May 21st 2010



8411 Comments


EVEN WHEN WE USED TO TAKE!

Good review, I'm not going to listen to this because I honestly think I would hate it. I was never into much STP besides the singles.

Counterfeit
May 21st 2010



17819 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

Shit, dis was fast.

Romulus
May 21st 2010



8411 Comments


Probably had it pre-written from the leak

EVedder27
May 21st 2010



6088 Comments


I actually didn't pre-write it, I listened over and over when I got home today and started the review.

G3N3R1C
May 21st 2010



1945 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

" Stone Temple Pilots is a dull attempt to rehash the days of Core, Purple, and even Tiny Music…"

I don't hear ANY Core or Purple sounding stuff on here at all. This album seems more like the child of Tiny Music and Shangri La Dee Da. Album is definitely good, but i need more time w/ it before i give it a set rating. Right now i'm feeling a 3.5 but that might change.

Romulus
May 21st 2010



8411 Comments


Damn that is quite the impressive feat there, my reviews tend to drag on for days and such

EVedder27
May 21st 2010



6088 Comments


Mine do too sometimes Ryan, this one was probably one of my fastest written.

BigHans
May 21st 2010



26455 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Nice work Mike, impressive considering how quickly you got this up. I didnt care for it much either, I think my favorite track was Cinnamon.

Dryden
May 21st 2010



12928 Comments


woahaa

AggravatedYeti
May 21st 2010



7684 Comments


well saw this coming.
nice dude.

PearlDrummer20
May 21st 2010



1089 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

"Lead single Between the Lines points to the contrary, making excellent use of a powerful riff and fitting leads which would not be out of place on Core or Purple."

I'll be honest, Between The Lines reminds me nothing of Core or Purple... in fact almost none of the tracks do.

Nagrarok
May 21st 2010



8169 Comments


I knew you would be first in to review this, but whoa, this IS quick. Very nice job, on the history part also. I listened to their greatest hits when you reviewed it, and Core + Purple are still on my 'to check out'-list.

AnotherBrick
May 21st 2010



9770 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

looks like i liked this a little more than you guys, but i can understand the lower ratings. these guys are my favorite grunge group so i might be a little biased towards them

focksy
May 21st 2010



437 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

what anotherbrick said

EVedder27
May 21st 2010



6088 Comments


I'll be honest, Between The Lines reminds me nothing of Core or Purple... in fact almost none of the tracks do.

The more I think about it, Between the Lines has a bit of a Tiny Music edge so I may change that sentence. A lot of the riffs on this are very Core and Purple sounding though, even if the songs themselves don't fit the description.

Thanks guys.


JimRosenberg
May 21st 2010



21 Comments


A greatest hits record Thank You in 2003

missing comma

LepreCon
May 21st 2010



3591 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Great review Mike. However I've taken to this album quite a bit, already I think it is better than Shangri La Di Da

Dryden
May 21st 2010



12928 Comments


NO WAY



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