It may not be Core or Purple, but it’s just really good to have them back. I must preface this placement into the top 25 with the fact that STP was my favorite childhood band growing up. To me, Scott Weiland was untouchable and every song they made was groundbreaking for rock music. Their tour following Tiny Music in 1996 is still the best concert I have ever seen. I was 12 years old at the time.
While some may argue that the “new” Stone Temple Pilots is elderly and passed their prime time, I’m sticking by their side. Fourteen years after seeing them blow my mind, I witnessed them live on their new tour. They may not be in their prime anymore, but they were still pretty amazing.
The new self-titled album is more than a collection of songs for me. It’s the return of a musical juggernaut that can revive the music industry. It’s a symbol that says to me that rock music isn’t dead. It’s enhanced my relationship with music again.
In a marketplace where singles mean everything, it’s unfortunate that the guys can’t write songs like “Plush” and “Interstate Love Song” anymore. What they don’t have in radio power, they make up for in hidden gems laid out through the album. The result is just a solid collection of songs. My personal favorite track, “Maver” has been posted below for your enjoyment.
You can purchase the album from Amazon.com by clicking the album cover below.