Scott Weiland
12 Bar Blues



by purplecore23 USER (3 Reviews)
April 1st, 2011 | 8 replies

Release Date: 1998 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The best way to describe Scott Weiland's debut solo album, 12 Bar Blues, would be Stone Temple Pilots' "Tiny Music...Songs from the Vatican Gift Shop" if it was given an acid bath. A great work of art, 12 Bar Blues deserves to be given a chance.

Going into this album, you can't really compare it in terms of quality to Stone Temple Pilots. It obviously doesn't match up to most of STP's catalog. That doesn't, however, mean that this is a bad album. In fact, it's a stellar album.

Perhaps the most emotional song on the album is "Barbarella" where Weiland pleads to be saved from his misery. Of course, the album was released at the peak of his drug addiction, so it's easy to hear his pain and sadness.

"Where's The Man" finds Weiland trying to regain control ("As I get behind the wheel again"), while "About Nothing" samples different guitar loops and makes for a relatively upbeat tune.

More drug induced songs include "Cool Kiss" and "The Date". The former wouldn't be out of place at some sort of rave, while the latter displays a vulnerable Weiland telling the story about his estranged relationship from his then-wife. The climax of the song features Weiland screaming, "Oh, how I love you," over and over.

"Lady, Your Roof Brings Me Down" is a medieval affair featuring Sheryl Crow on the accordion. The vibe quickly changes in the chorus, which adapts to a more 1950's style groove. Following "Lady..." is a new version of "Mockingbird Girl" which features a bit of a fun, summer vibe. One of the better choruses on the album, Weiland sings, "Hey, hey rocketboy/Gotta lotta light behind ya/Hey, hey mockingbird girl/Gotta fly don't let him hold you".

According to Weiland himself, the lyrics to "Opposite Octave Reaction" have no particular meaning, but is still a good rocker to close out the album. The song's highlight is the bridge Weiland's distorted screams ("She always gets me/Goin' yeah").

The overall product is a masterpiece in it's own right. While not comparable in terms of quality to Weiland's other projects (STP, Velvet Revolver, etc), it does have a bit of a "Tiny Music..." vibe to it. Go into this album with an open mind and enjoy.

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IconicShaman (3.5)
The spiritual successor to Tiny Music, 12 Bar Blues proves that Scott Weiland was the heart of STP....

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April 1st 2011


Album Rating: 2.5

oh man, i absolutely couldnt stand this album.

July 6th 2011


Album Rating: 3.5

I really liked the dirversity on this album. Your description

The best way to describe Scott Weiland's debut solo album, 12 Bar Blues, would be Stone Temple Pilots' "Tiny Music...Songs from the Vatican Gift Shop" if it was given an acid bath.

is really the best way to describe this album.

August 17th 2011


scott weiland at the peak of his drug aubse. Absolutely terrible, avoid

May 5th 2015


Album Rating: 4.0

The best thing Weiland ever done IMHO. Never really cared for STP from day one. First time I heard "Plush" on the radio circa '93 I sincerely thought it was something from then-upcoming second Pearl Jam release, "Vs.", ahah... this was such a surprise to me instead. Great fucking record. Sounding sorta like "Ziggy Stardust" era Bowie fronting Nine Inch Nails...

Digging: Roy Montgomery - The Allegory of Hearing

December 8th 2015


Album Rating: 3.5

This album was really pretty interesting. Some great cuts here like Lady, Your Roof Brings Me Down.

Digging: McCafferty - Thanks. Sorry. Sure.

Log S.
December 11th 2017


how the hell do all of his solo albums barring Most Wonderful Time have the same average, lol

December 11th 2017


Album Rating: 3.0

Divider is a fantastic song, everything else is pretty middle of the park.

Log S.
December 11th 2017


it's a bit better than that
the off-kilter sibling of the already relatively off-kilter family of post-Purple, pre-s/t STP albums

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