12 Bar Blues Import
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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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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.Read more ›
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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This is experimental Weiland and, although ignorantly clever at times, lacks cohesion and thoughtful production.Published 7 months ago by Taylor Cash Davies
From STP to Solo artist, Scott Weiland never ceases to amaze me!!! From the strong and painfully real Barbarella to the easy going Jimmy was a Stimulator. Read morePublished on Dec 13 2004 by Lexy
I love this period of STP. The other guys went and did a project called "Talk Show." I remember when the DeLeo's came to my town promoting that disc and were booed for... Read morePublished on June 21 2004 by Samuel M. Hill
I like this CD and being a fan of the Stone temple pilots and a huge fan of Scotts voice and lyrics I expected a lot. Read morePublished on May 23 2004 by BENJAMIN SANTINO FILIPPI
This is a GREAT album. Its different from STP however. So if you're looking for that I would just pass this up. This album is better than anything STP has released ever. Read morePublished on April 26 2003 by Jesse J. Morris
I'm not sure what to call it. Most people either loved
or hated this cd. It just happened to grow on me over the
years... Read more
BRAVO! A musical sensation for all the senses. I think Scott Weiland triumphed with this albulm. I was shocked when I saw some of the negative reviews from the obviously musically... Read morePublished on Feb. 7 2003 by Mandy F.