Stone Temple Pilots release their first album of the new decade which is their eighth album overall and second with new lead singer Jeff Gutt. ‘Perdida’ is quite a departure for the band as the album is an all acoustic affair of 10 new songs. This is either a bold step in a new direction or a complete and utter misstep in a stellar career.
When I heard several months back that this was all acoustic, I had my reservations. I was curious as to the reason why with only one album under their belts with Jeff Gutt as the singer would they change course so dramatically. I still don’t know why, but it is an interesting choice.
The album title “Perdida” struck me as odd until I found out what it meant. The word is Spanish and means “lost’. Take that word with the image of the cover, which I find to be spectacular, and everything starts to fall in to place. Is the band lost in who they are as group or our they spiritually lost. Is the album them trying to find their way or is it a statement that they have no idea what to do anymore and it is a cry for help? So many questions.