Stone Temple Pilots – “Meadows” – Single Review

Back on November 14, 2017, Stone Temple Pilots announced their new lead singer, Jeff Gutt, and released their new single “Meadows”.  Through an exhaustive search of over 15,000 submissions they finally found the guy they were looking for in Jeff.  Over the past year, they  have been working together and honing their skills to make sure the band sounded as good as ever and that they gelled.  They didn’t want a Scott Weiland clone, but they needed someone that could pull off the old material as well as the new material (soon to come).  Not only can Jeff sing, but he writes as well.  That combination was what STP was looking for with a new singer.

Scott Weiland was one of the most iconic frontman any band had ever seen.  He is irreplaceable and STP will never be the STP they were with Scott.  A lot of fans won’t be accepting of Jeff for this reason and they are going to be too judgmental of anything new STP puts out.  That is a crying shame because STP isn’t trying to be that STP anymore.  They are trying to move forward with a new sound and honoring the days past.

With the release of “Meadows”, the band has stepped into the future without abandoning anything from the past.  Musically, the song sounds like STP and why wouldn’t it.  These are the same musicians and songwriters of the music from days gone by so of course it is going to sound like STP.  Jeff Gutt sounds amazing. With tinges of Scott’s sound, but not imitating him, you can hear Jeff’s own style shine through.  I think it was a great song choice for the introduction of Jeff as it bridges that gap between new and old so well.

Like with all STP songs, the guitar work by Dean DeLeo is sensational.  It has that STP sound and a great guitar solo.  Robert DeLeo is killing it on bass and Eric Kretz is leading the charge on the drums.  The song, titled “Meadow”, has that airy feel to it like you are outside driving down the road with the top down and enjoying the sunshine. The song even says they “…having fun / here in the sun”.

I think JefF Gutt is an amazing choice for the new lead singer and I can’t wait to see what else comes from the band.  Spring 2018 for their new album is too long to wait.  I am ready for it now.

Since it is a single review, I will score the song a 4 out 5 as I really love it and it gets better and better with each listen.  I do love how the song feels like STP and I have to admit I like that he does sound a little like Scott which excites me to hear how they pull off the old songs live.  They better come to Charlotte when they tour as I will be there to see it.

“Meadow”

Rise and shine, Clementine
There is something about you
Do you think you can dance
Cause I’m willing to stay fade away
And ride along

Sing a song, make it long
Cause there’s nothing without you
All I need is a chance
And I’m willing to play, another day
And right on, on and on

Yeah, we’re all…
Yeah, we’re all just killing time and having fun
Here in the sun

When there’s nowhere to hide
Yeah we’re gonna step on
As we drink from the flame
That was burning in the meadow
We’ve broken our lives
Innocence of our souls
We can drink from the flame
That was burning in the meadow

You’ll be mine, Clementine
‘Cause I can’t live without you
I got something to say
But you’ve already made
Made your way, so ride on
When you’re gone, here’s a song
I’ve been thinking about you
I’ll remember your ways
And the clues that you gave, gave away
So ride on, on and on

Yeah, we’re all…
Yeah, we’re all just killing time and having fun
Here in the sun

When there’s nowhere to hide
Yeah we’re gonna step on
As we drink from the flame
That was burning in the meadow
We’ve broken our lives
Innocence of our souls
We can drink from the flame
That was burning in the meadow

I gave you all you gave another
I hold the wheel, you light the flame

When there’s nowhere to hide
Yeah we’re gonna step on
As we drink from the flame
That was burning in the meadow
We’ve broken our lives
Innocence of our souls
We can drink from the flame
That was burning in the meadow

 

11 thoughts on “Stone Temple Pilots – “Meadows” – Single Review

    1. My first few listens, I was right where you are with about a 2.5 out of 5. It took awhile, but something about it started to click. I am also excited at what else they have to offer as I have heard a couple other songs that were pretty good. I am a little biased I guess and maybe that came through.

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          1. Both of those albums are underrated (Kretz wasn’t in AOA). Problem is, people wanted STP albums then, now I’m not sure they do (I don’t… but I would have been less cynical of a new project). Also, as much as they talk about building on their legacy, we all know they’re very aware it’s easy to sell an existing brand.

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  1. I think you’re way too kind here, John. I find it a tad dull and uninspired – musically and vocally. But maybe I’m biased.

    Glad you’re excited about new music from them, though. There’s nothing I’ve heard that suggests I’m gonna be won over. But, like we’ve said before, that’s okay.

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