12 Songs, 45 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Scott Weiland’s wild side has been extensively documented, but the frontman for Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver is in relatively modest, tuneful form throughout Blaster. His backing group, The Wildabouts, are students of ’70s rock (34-year-old lead guitarist Jeremy Brown died tragically upon the album’s release). This influence shows; there's a T. Rex cover (“20th Century Boy”) and the Marc Bolan–inspired “Way She Moves.” “Modzilla” evokes Blue Öyster Cult’s “Godzilla,” while “Beach Pop” imagines what The Beach Boys might've been like had they arrived a decade later. Even the acoustic-based “Circles” is reminiscent of country-rockers The Pure Prairie League. Fascinating stuff.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Scott Weiland’s wild side has been extensively documented, but the frontman for Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver is in relatively modest, tuneful form throughout Blaster. His backing group, The Wildabouts, are students of ’70s rock (34-year-old lead guitarist Jeremy Brown died tragically upon the album’s release). This influence shows; there's a T. Rex cover (“20th Century Boy”) and the Marc Bolan–inspired “Way She Moves.” “Modzilla” evokes Blue Öyster Cult’s “Godzilla,” while “Beach Pop” imagines what The Beach Boys might've been like had they arrived a decade later. Even the acoustic-based “Circles” is reminiscent of country-rockers The Pure Prairie League. Fascinating stuff.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
99 Ratings

99 Ratings

Twig321 ,

Awesome!

Okay my review maybe early, but I have heard about half of the album live or online. For real STP fans, it's where we wanted to the music go. For VR fans it's what we could imagine a third album kind of sounding like. For true Scott fans, it's what we always knew he was going to release someday; only better!

Listen closely to the all of the subtleties. It's so basic, but such complexity in dynamics and nuance. It's simply great rock music. When Scott calls it a "hybrid" he is really on to something. When it comes to the band, these guys are great musicians. It appears that there is a unity that we don't get to see very often in bands today. They seem to be great guys!!! Tommy, Danny and Jeremy are the kind of guys that will stop and talk to you. One can tell this has been a soundtrack of the soul for Scott Weiland and the Wildabouts.

Kuhnhound ,

Best Weiland in awhile.

I'm a huge Weiland and STP fan. That being said I haven't been a big fan of most recent solo material, and always though the last VR and STP albums were lacking. I just didn't think they had a cohesive direction and were a bit lacking in the awesome department. This new stuff sounds like a great blend of straight classic rock and vintage Weiland. Excited to hear the rest.

Ho-key ,

YUP YUP and more YUP

I cannot wait to hear the rest of the album. No need to compare this to VR or STP or any other band. It sounds good. His vocals are matching his bandmates. Controlled chaos.

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