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.
Welcome to the first Friday of February and the new releases we will see today. There are a bunch this week. If you like rock, pop, metal, country, latin, alternative or all of the above, there is probably something for you. I have three I am interested in hearing and I will highlight those in blue like normal. Let me know what interests you and what I missed including on the list so everyone knows. Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful musical weekend!!
Stone Temple Pilots – Perdida – (Play Pen Music / Rhino): STP is back with Jeff Gutt on vocals for his second album. This one is quite a departure from their normal fare as it is an all acoustic album of new music. Pretty bold move with still a new singer. My brother-in-law worked on this album with the band so of course it is on my list and has been pre-ordered on vinyl to arrive today when I get home from work. Looking forward to explore this one.
Richard Marx – Limitless – (BMG): I will admit it…I love Richard Marx…no not the physical, deep emotional love for a person, but love of his music. What can I say, I am a sap for a good love song or hell, a good song period. Richard has a great way of doing both of those and at the same time. Thankfully the 80’s mullet is gone and he has changed with the times.
2020 is upon us and it is always fun anticipating what new albums are and will come out in the year. There are quite a few we already know about, but some haven’t been officially announced or even a date set yet. From what I have gathered around the internet, here are the bands that should have new albums out in 2020, but no dates announced yet. The ones I would give a try (and my kids) will be highlighted in Blue. The ones with Dates Announced are at the bottom of this post. The list is building up nicely!!
For Thanksgiving, we always travel to Atlanta to visit family and celebrate what we are ‘thankful’ for and just enjoy being around people we love. And two things happened this year that involved vinyl. The first was Black Friday Record Store Day and the second was that a family member brought up they have a collection of vinyl they have sitting around. Anything that involves music or vinyl is a good time for me.
First off, let’s talk about the Black Friday Record Store Day. Friday morning came and everyone was a little tired from eating too much the night before and it was a slow start to the day. My sister and brother-in-law were kind enough to make us breakfast and I couldn’t refuse. Now this started at about 8 or so in the morning. The one record store that was fairly close to my sister (20-25 minute drive) was going to open at 10am so I felt I was still good on time.
Breakfast didn’t actually get ready until closer to 9am and now I was getting worried. I didn’t want to be rude and skip out on breakfast, so I decided that it was more important to sit with the family and enjoy what was a very yummy breakfast rather than get some exclusive limited edition vinyl’s that would bring me hours and hours of enjoyment. And I was right.
My daughter and I eventually got on the road and made it to the record store, Sweet Melissa’s Records at about 9:50 which was 10 minutes prior to opening. And there was no line!!! That is right…NO LINE!!! I was so excited. We got a parking space right in front of the store and couldn’t be happier. We get out of the car and there was a lady at the door coming out and we asked if they were open and she said Yes, come on in. Then she added, we got bored and opened early! Early???? Red Alert….Early?? Danger Will Robinson, Danger!!
For Record Store Day on Black Friday of 2018, I was able to pick up the new Stone Temple Pilots Live album simply called Live 2018. I have been a fan of STP for years and was happy to hear they were getting a new singer and were going to continue despite the death of former lead singer, the great Scott Weiland. The new singer, Jeff Gutt seemed like a good choice and their new album earlier this year wasn’t bad…wasn’t great either, but wasn’t bad (see review here).
When I heard they were doing a Live album for Record Store Day, I was excited and it was one I wanted to get to see how Jeff does live.. The track listing was only 10 songs, but they are a great 11 songs with 2 from the new album and the rest being STP classics. The album cover was cool as it was rendered in 3-D and the album came with 3-D glassed
And the back cover of course was in 3-D as well which is why it is a little blurry.
Stone Temple Pilots are back with a brand new album and a brand new singer. As you probably already know the story, their original lead singer was one of the most iconic lead singers of any band, Scott Weiland. Scott had a lot of troubles with addiction and was in and out of the band several times. He was replaced with Chester Bennington of Linkin Park, but Chester left to focus solely on his original band. Since this time, both singers have passed away and will never rejoin the band.
Now STP has a decision to make. Do they continue as a band? The answer to that is obviously YES or I wouldn’t be doing a review of their new album. Do they get a new lead singer that is completely their own person and nothing like the previous singer or do they get one that sounds just like Scott Weiland? The answer to that will come later, but first let me explain why I asked that question myself.
In history, bands have always replaced lead singers. There are two types of replacements..1) The singer that sounds nothing like the original singer and 2) the singer that sounds just like the old lead singer. Depending on which one you choose can have a different impact on the band. I think throughout history we have seen both work, however, for me there is only one solution.
Let’s look at the first, the new singer sounds nothing like the original singer. There are many examples of that happening and quite successfully…Deep Purple has done it, Black Sabbath, Rainbow and even Van Halen. Let’s look at Van Halen…with David Lee Roth (the original singer) and Sammy Hager (the replacement) were totally polar opposite singers and styles. However, each band was extremely successful in their own right. Why you might ask? Because the band sound was still Van Halen and the songs were great. Also, there was no real comparison between the two. It was really two different bands that just happened to have the same name. I personally like both versions (I am little more partial to David’s era just because I liked that sound a little better).