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12 Bar Blues Import


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  • Audio CD (March 31 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Atlantic
  • ASIN: B0000062RU
  • In-Print Editions: Audio Cassette
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)

1. Desperation #5
2. Barbarella
3. About Nothing
4. Where's The Man
5. Divider
6. Cool Kiss
7. The Date
8. Son
9. Jimmy Was A Stimulator
10. Lady, Your Roof Brings Me Down
11. Mockingbird Girl
12. Opposite Octave Reaction

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Now out on his own after a much-publicized drug detox, [Scott Weiland] eschews heavy guitar rock for a lighter but equally familiar pop psychedelia.... But with its predictably spaced-out song titles ("Desperation #5"), nonsensical lyrics ("All the tangerines/they taste like jelly beans") and thin, whiny vocals, 12 Bar Blues shouldn't prove a threat to any living legend.... -- People

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When an artist comes back from the kind of trauma that dogged Scott Weiland following the release of Stone Temple Pilots' Tine Music ... Songs from the Vatican Gift Shop, said artist often comes back a changed person--and that's exactly what this surprising, fascinating solo bow shows Weiland to be. Middle finger pointedly directed at his past and eyes firmly affixed to his navel, Weiland slithers through the dauntingly dense disc with little of the simplicity implied in the title. Shaky and slurred, songs like "Where's the Man" and "Barbarella" conjure up some mighty frightening images without resorting to the brute force that was once Weiland's weapon of choice. Wrapped in grandiose post-glam, drag-heavy on strings, sequencers, and special effects, 12 Bar Blues is a daring leap, and it's clearly been done without a safety net. --David Sprague

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More of an art-pop record than the typically hard driving alterna-rock of Stone Temple Pilots, this music is irresistably quirky and clever.
The overall theme seems to deal with a cad or druggie with a semi-charmed life (or possibly several different ones). Even many of the musicians that play on 12 BAR BLUES are "outsider" musicians in some way or another ( Daniel Lanois, Martyn LeNoble). I assume the album titile is some kind of joke because this music is pretty far removed from 12 bar blues as far as I can tell. Vague Velvet Underground, Beatles and trashy 70's rock influences permeate these recordings though they're sometimes hard to put a finger on.
Actually, 12 BAR BLUES is something pretty unique. Clearly, a lot of care was taken to construct these songs and choose interesting instruments and sounds. "Cool Kiss" and "Jimmy was a Stimulator" are the hardest hitting songs, both sporting corrosive synths. Either would soundgreat in a really seedy James Bond flick.
"Lady Your Roof Brings Me Down" is a kick, sounding like it walked off a Broadway stage with its dipping strut accompanied by string section, piano and accordian. There's some great piano elsewhere on this album, such as on the jazz-inflected "Divider." "Desperation #5" and "About Nothing" are both great, guided by souped-up drum machines and drenched in quasi-psychedelic distortion. "Barbarella," sung from the point of view of a rather articulate, insightful loser, really captures a sort of shambling majesty. Probably the best song and centerpiece of the album.
The quieter moments on this album are very good too. The melencholy "Where's Your Man" ("he's lost and gone again") finds our hero doing what he does best, yet "Son" finds him in an affectionate mood.
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As the wild, erratic frontman of Stone Temple Pilots, Scott Weiland already established himself as a talented, memorable singer, this aside from also his known drug excesses. With "12 Bar Blues" he went for a more free, experimental route. STP had an obvious classic, somewhat psychedelic influence in their unique and timeless sound, but here Weiland decides to take his classic rock influences and mesh and splash them together with his own touches. A lot of it is actually very good, original and sometimes visceral and evocative. Some if it will surely impress the more artistic listener, anyone looking for standard STP material will not find it here, they will recognize the voice melodies that are Weiland's signature, but here he is acting more like a rock n' roll Jackson Pollock, splashing color and mood around by the bucket-fulls, excessive yes, but an excess meant to reach the goal of fully expressing his ideas. "12 Bar Blues" reminds us of the experimental spirit of the 60's, and it also has traces of David Bowie and the glamrock era. But Weiland here is no imitator, you can tell he loves The Beatles, but isn't trying to copy them. Some of the songs have a very emotional flavor, like "Barbarella" which sounds very personal and has a nice slide guitar break and a catchy, enrapturing chorus. "Where's The Man" is a moody, heartfelt song that may represent some of the well-known pain known in Weiland's life filled with drug-addiction struggles ("what is your name, the name behind the shame"). "Divider" is an almost jazzy tune, very atmospheric with it's piano instrumentals. There are also some rougher edges such as "Cool Kiss," which is more of a glamrock shout, it rips and grinds.Read more ›
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Scott Weiland's 12 Bar Blues is a very under-appreciated album. Stone Temple Pilots is, undoubtedly, a great band and has put out five of the best albums in rock. 12 Bar Blues is far different from anything that STP released. If you are a fan of Stone Temple Pilots, this album may not appeal to you, because it doesn't sound a lot like STP. It's not a straight-ahead rock album, like Core, but a much more eclectic, diverse collection of songs. Overall, the album is more electronic than STP, with more effects, etc. Unlike STP, this isn't really a guitar and riff driven album. Each song sounds unique and different, but the album still manages to flow perfectly. Each song is well crafted, arranged, and well written with a good hook. Out of the 12 songs on this CD, there is no filler. I can't name a standout tune, because really, each song is terrific. To me, the songs read like a diary of a tortured soul, but without sounding whiny or full of self-pity. I strongly recommend this CD, you wont regret it.
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There are some very high points and very low points. All in all, fans of Stone Temple Pilots might find this album a little disappointing because it really has none of the normal STP flair; like the DeLeo brothers guitar riffs. (Though probably closest to "Tiny Music".) It's just Scott. Probably influenced by Scott's highly publicized addiction to heroin, the gist of this album, in a nutshell, is definately weird. There are all sorts of strange sound effects like airplaine humming on the song "Cool Kiss". Some of the songs are downright ridiculous, like "Jimmy Was a Stimulator". No doubt this is about the same subject as Devo's "Whip It".
BUT, you must know that there are several high points on the album and one of Weiland's greatest songs probably couldn't have been accomplished with the traditional STP sound. Buy this album for "Where's the Man". This song is poetry. The reason STP is better than most other hard rock/alterno bands is their poetry. This song is pure genius. It's about being depressed and trying to suck it up and go on. He really gets to the heart of what it is to be a man. The lyrics are ethereal and soothing. And some of the weird sound effects actually make it better.
Something simply had to be said about this song. No one talks about it, and yet its some of if not the best of Scott's body of work.
In addition, "Your Roof Brings Me Down" isn't bad, and it's also on the Great Expectations soundtrack. "Jimmy" and "Cool Kiss" are also OK.
All in all, though, I probably wouldn't play this album straight through because the songs just don't jive together. They'd be better on several separate albums that were tied in by some semblance of a common theme. But don't let this deter you from getting this album to add to your STP collection; if you are a true fan.
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