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Stone Temple Pilots / Perdida

Stone Temple Pilots

Perdida (Rhino)

http://www.stonetemplepilots.com

It’s never an easy row to hoe when a new member steps into a band replacing an original member. Vocalist Jeff Gutt has just such a task, having to walk a very narrow line somewhere between his own personal voice and that of Scott Weiland. In my humble opinion, he succeeds on all counts here.

Perdida is a soft, atmospheric affair, fleshed out by acoustic instruments that lend honesty to the songs. “Fare Thee Well” is a lonely, Southern ballad, and stands  confidently amongst the best tunes in STP’s back catalog. “She’s My Queen” is a dreamy love song, buoyed by clouds of hazy background vocals. 

My fave of the set is “Sunburst,” which aims for Abbey Road greatness, and very nearly achieves it. While not everyone might appreciate the band’s new direction, I’m betting they gain far more fans with Perdida than they lose. It’s refreshing to see an established rock band take a risk by shifting gears.

D.P.

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