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|Stone Temple Pilots|
Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock, Metal
This fine band's powerful music has been often overshadowed by singer Scott Weiland's well-documented drug and legal troubles. Not to mention that STP's 1992 debut, Core, was dismissed by critics as "Seattle lite." Nonethe... more »
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This fine band's powerful music has been often overshadowed by singer Scott Weiland's well-documented drug and legal troubles. Not to mention that STP's 1992 debut, Core, was dismissed by critics as "Seattle lite." Nonetheless, STP has managed to make four noteworthy albums, No. 4 being the latest in their solid and cohesive body of work. No. 4 is not groundbreaking, but the quartet's aggressive, dynamic hard rock is emotion-packed and timeless. Not as hit-heavy as its predecessors, No. 4 is nevertheless strong and diverse. On the gentler side, there's the lilting '60s-influenced "I Got You" and "Atlanta," which is almost Doors-like in its dreamy mood. Heavier fare includes the midtempo heavy riffing opener "Down" and the winning but not-so-subtly titled "Sex and Violence," which matches an aggressive, linear feel with a cool punk vibe. At 42 minutes, the only thing wrong with No. 4 is that there's not enough of it. --Katherine Turman
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Great album with masterful production.
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No, 4 gets 5
Daniel Hayes | 08/24/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I didn't know this album even came out until Jan.2000. I dismissed it as another attempt at a comeback not worthy of even giving it a listen to. However, I was wrong because on this one they finally found their sound. After the first 3 albums they found the right formula with this one. It has the tight production of the "Tiny Vatican" album, but also the grunge of the first 2 albums. The impressive thing here is Scott Weiland's vocals as he doesn't sound anything like Layne Staley, or Eddie Vedder here. His vocal range is actually good on these tracks. It starts off with "Drown" which is one of the grunge cuts, "Heaven and Hot Rods" is some more of the tight production of "Tiny Vatican". However, the honors go to "Sour Girl", and "Glide" as I heard "Sour Girl" on Real Radio 104 one weekend, and that inspired me to go onto Napster, and check out the rest of the album.I sampled "Glide", and it was probably one of the most beautiful songs of the 90's. I downloaded it, and burned it onto a cd, and now play it to death. It's also got some other songs like "Atlanta" which is a ballad that can equal "Creep" anytime. I don't know if they had any Grammy nominations that year as everyone went ga-ga over Santana's "Supernatural", but it should've been considered. I don't know if Weiland was over his drug problems, or not by the time this came out, but it does show he was focused. I may actually buy this someday."
"The Album That Will Save Rock 'n Roll"
N. Hall | Seattle, WA USA | 04/13/2010
(3 out of 5 stars)
"That's what Scott Weiland said of this album back in 1998 before its release. Well, it scored a bunch of major hits for the band, but I'm not sure it quite attained the lofty status they were hoping.
With the release of their sixth studio album (first in 9 years) growing closer by the day, I find myself revisiting a lot of their back catalog. Very few rock bands out of the 90s have quite as solid a library packed with as many timeless hits as STP. "No. 4" does its fair share to contribute to the legacy, but comes up a little short in the long run.
Campaigned as a "back to basics" rock record, "No. 4" is about as similar an album to "Core" as any, and that's really the only problem here. "No. 4" doesn't break any new ground, and while that's not necessarily a bad thing for straight-ahead rock fans, while listening I often find myself longing for the one-two power punch of "Purple" or the eclectic diversity of "Tiny Music..."; both of which are solid five-star records.
All that said, the music here is actually really good for the most part despite its, uh, "familiar" sound. "Down," "No Way Out," "Glide," and "Pruno" are as good as any of band's singles and even though I'm not personally a fan, "Sour Girl" scored STP possibly their biggest hit ever. At least "No. 4" is nothing if not consistent, though a few of the tunes here are just a little TOO generic for my liking ("I Got You," "Church on Tuesday") and usually are met with the >> button on my CD player.
The only other real detriment to "No. 4" comes in the form of muddy production. I'm not really sure what the deal is there as the album was produced by the same guy that did their other four records. The others all have a crisp, clean sound (over-the-top production on "Core" aside) that is sorely lacking here.
"No. 4" is a good rock record, one that's easy to get into and one fans of STP definitely should pick up. On the other hand, newcomers looking for an introduction to STP would do best to start with one of the first three albums as "No. 4" might give one the wrong impression on what these guys are truly capable of. The 2001 followup to "No. 4" would come in the form of "Shangri-LA DEE DA," the band's most inconsistent effort to date. Even so, the five or six GREAT tracks on SLDD trounce even the best "No. 4" has to offer."