13 Songs, 41 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Stone Temple Pilots initially angered the grunge elite for finding ways to turn the angst into surefire radio hits. The group’s pop appeal while maintaining its harder edges made them that rarest of groups in the ‘90s: one that embraced the rock stardom that other bands professed to hate. Reunited after years of estrangement, STP sound like the perfect hard rock unit. Singer Scott Weiland can punch forth like the rock frontman he so naturally is and the DeLeo brothers provide him with his strongest backing in years. Whether it’s the brash attack of “Between the Lines” or the retro-boogie of “Huckleberry Crumble” and “Hazy Daze,” STP are practically a course in classic-rock history. “Dare If You Dare” has power-ballad scripted onto its pounding sorrow. “Bagman” sounds like a power-pop band turning the amps way up. “Fast As I Can” rocks out like Bad Company and Aerosmith finding their way down the L.A. Freeway. The deluxe edition includes several bonus cuts, including live versions of tracks from the new album and their classic hit “Vasoline.”

EDITORS’ NOTES

Stone Temple Pilots initially angered the grunge elite for finding ways to turn the angst into surefire radio hits. The group’s pop appeal while maintaining its harder edges made them that rarest of groups in the ‘90s: one that embraced the rock stardom that other bands professed to hate. Reunited after years of estrangement, STP sound like the perfect hard rock unit. Singer Scott Weiland can punch forth like the rock frontman he so naturally is and the DeLeo brothers provide him with his strongest backing in years. Whether it’s the brash attack of “Between the Lines” or the retro-boogie of “Huckleberry Crumble” and “Hazy Daze,” STP are practically a course in classic-rock history. “Dare If You Dare” has power-ballad scripted onto its pounding sorrow. “Bagman” sounds like a power-pop band turning the amps way up. “Fast As I Can” rocks out like Bad Company and Aerosmith finding their way down the L.A. Freeway. The deluxe edition includes several bonus cuts, including live versions of tracks from the new album and their classic hit “Vasoline.”

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