Out Today: Stone Temple Pilots

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Stone Temple Pilots
Stone Temple Pilots
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Scott Weiland has always been a complicated frontman. For years his addictions prevented Stone Temple Pilots from soaring as high as they could have. And while his lunkheaded bandmates grind out a familiar backwash of alt-rock grunge riffs, Weiland’s tastes gravitate toward more glammy heroes. On their first album in nine years, STP tackle the roots of their problems at the very start: “You always were my favorite drug/Even when we used to take drugs,” Weiland sings in opener “Between the Lines.” But Stone Temple Pilots is more about celebration and looking forward than regret and offering contrition. It’s an occasionally motivated and, yes, glammy work that sounds charged at times (“Cinnamon,” “Maver”). But STP has never been a very inspired band. They jumped into the ’90s alt-rock revolution sounding like a lab-concocted experiment in “grunge.” Not much has changed. Eighteen years later, the reunited Pilots are still grounded by their complex past. —Michael Gallucci (follow me on Twitter @mgallucci)

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