Stone Temple Pilots have returned with a fresh energy along with new singer Jeff Gutt, whose vocals and delivery are nearly indistinguishable from the late Scott Weiland. This new self-titled album sounds like it could have been recorded right after “Tiny Music…” and sounds frankly even more similar to the better “Vol. 4” that preceded it.
Full of fire and great songs like “Meadow”, “Thought She’d Be Mine”, “Roll Me Under”, and the Beatles-y “Never Enough”, they suddenly sound like a band at the top of their game with something to prove. And they prove it. This album is all killer, no filler. The DeLeo Brothers and drummer Eric Kretz are playing with what seems like a renewed energy, and Jeff Gutt channels his best Scott impression to make this the next step they were never able to take before. I’ve been waiting for this one for a while and it does not disappoint!
New song! This is part two in the miniseries of experiments and collaborations leading up to the Every Time You Break EP.
Every Time You Break (Acoustic Version) features Troy Jay Adams of Dig Me Under and The Answer is None on guitar. It is a heartfelt and slightly freeform version of this song, and includes my first real efforts at string arranging, which was more fun and challenging than I expected. Enjoy!