Stone Temple Pilots
First Appeared at The Music Box, January 2004, Volume 11, #1
Written by John Metzger
These days, Stone Temple Pilots is receiving more attention for the trials and tribulations of Scott Weiland than it is for its music. This, however, wasnít always the case. The group was somewhat of a latecomer to the grunge scene. Nevertheless, it managed to ride the coattails of Nirvana, Alice in Chains, Soundgarden, and Pearl Jam and sell more than eight million copies of Core, its debut. Critics responded unfavorably to the bandís work, but instead of being dissuaded, Stone Temple Pilots pushed itself harder. Although the group retained its arena-ready, hard rock approach, it also broadened its stylistic range by dabbling in everything from glam to psychedelic pop.
While Stone Temple Pilots never managed to create anything close to a perfect album, it did concoct a slew of terrific hit singles to which its new, retrospective collection Thank You delightfully attests. The albumís 15 tracks touch upon all of the bandís hits while tossing in a previously unreleased tune as well as an acoustic rendition of Plush. In total, the collection highlights the groupís knack for drawing upon its influences to craft songs filled with infectious pop hooks. These days, countless ensembles within the modern rock world are trying to accomplish the same feat, but their music, their passion, and even their lyrics are all woefully behind Stone Temple Pilots. A more expansive version of this compilation features a DVD with three hours of material that includes 12 of the bandís videos, a variety of concert performances, and a few other odds and ends ó all of which makes Thank You the ultimate collection for Stone Temple Pilotsí fans. Ĺ
Of Further Interest...
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1 Star: Pitiful
2 Stars: Listenable
3 Stars: Respectable
4 Stars: Excellent
5 Stars: Can't Live Without It!!
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