12 Bar Blues A history of drug addiction has famously plagued Scott Weiland's personal life, but his musical career suffers from something more strange: schizophrenia. As the singer… 12 Bar Blues A history of drug addiction has famously plagued Scott Weiland's personal life, but his musical career suffers from something more strange: schizophrenia. As the singer… Scott Weiland Rock
Music Review

12 Bar Blues

EW's GRADE
B

Details Lead Performance: Scott Weiland; Genre: Rock

A history of drug addiction has famously plagued Scott Weiland's personal life, but his musical career suffers from something more strange: schizophrenia. As the singer for Stone Temple Pilots, Weiland offered karaokelike versions of Eddie Vedder's growl and John Lennon's sneer. For his solo debut, he perfects Michael Stipe's whine, Richard Butler's croak, and David Bowie's bellow. Which makes us wonder: Who is Weiland himself? 12 Bar Blues' sole connection to STP comes in its relentlessly catchy melodies, which even the weird production can't distort. The producers (including Daniel Lanois) bleed every bass line, fuzz every guitar, and shatter every drumbeat. The star's lyrics seem just as desperate for attention. If the result seems ostentatious, perverse, and needy, the LP's sheer invention and hooks will make your indulgence worthwhile. B

Originally posted Apr 03, 1998 Published in issue #425 Apr 03, 1998 Order article reprints
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