Stone Temple Pilots, or STP, released a self-titled album on May 25, 2010. This album marks the first release by STP in nine years.
If you're not familiar with STP's music, basically, the band is considered alternative rock or just rock but is, at times, lumped into the categories of grunge or glam rock. STP has always been one of my favorite bands, so I'm excited to have the new album!
I purchased the album from iTunes on the day it was released. I have listened to each of the songs a couple of times and I am basing my review on these first run-throughs.
I think the self-titled STP album is a great collection of cohesive songs. The quirky and clever lyrics are there, Scott Weiland's voice sounds as good as ever, and the whole band sounds great together. One thing that is missing is the former edginess from prevoius STP albums. This album seems to have classic rock influences; the most notable sounds I could hear channeled Aerosmith and the Rolling Stones.
"Between the Lines" is the first breakout hit. After listening to the whole album, I could not determine which of the other songs would make good singles. As a whole, the album is great to listen to, but if you're looking for the super catchy radio hits, this album doesn't contain them like the previous STP albums did.
For $14.99 at iTunes, I got 16 songs, two videos (one music video and one band interview), and the digital booklet (CD insert). I think this price is pretty typical for a newly-released album.
Overall, I think the self-titled Stone Temple Pilots albums is a great effort by the band and I plan on listening to it often. For some fans, it won't be as memorable or edgy as previous albums, but as an album, it is clever and enjoyable to listen to.
Update On Apr 08, 2011: To update this article, I wanted to include the full playlist of songs.
1. Between the Lines
2. Take a Load Off
3. Huckleberry Crumble
4. Hickory Dichotomy
5. Dare if You Dare
7. Hazy Daze
10. Fast as I Can
11. First Kiss on Mars
"Dare if You Dare" sounds more like what you would've expected years ago from STP, but the rest of the songs sound like a combination of new efforts from STP along with influences from other bands. I hear a lot of Rolling Stones influence, and while I like the Rolling Stones, I'm not sure I like it combined with STP's style. I also hear some influence from Scott Weiland's time in the supergroup Velvet Revolver.
I like the Stone Temple Pilots enough that I've enjoyed all of their albums. However, I tend to listen to their previous albums, such as Core or Purple much more than this self-titled album.