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Happy in Galoshes
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As the front man for Stone Temple Pilots, Weiland has remained a dominant force in rock music. Now with his 2nd solo release he proves that his music and songwriting is as potent and powerful as ever. Produced by Scott Weiland and Doug Green (Velvet Revolver, Sheryl Crow, Crystal Method), with select tracks recorded by Steve Albini.
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Good opening track, solid riff on non-cheesy rock songs.
Sounds a bit like STP for the way melodies are arranged, this serves as a reference you don't want to lose(that's why I prefer the 2nd Velvet Revolver album to the first)
They are soft cute songs that fits in Weiland's range (sort of "Sour girl" songs) and they are typical southern american rock/blues ("Purple" album sort of tracks) that makes this 45 minutes quite entertaining. It's not dirty like Velvet, no to mainstream like STP. Very well produced.
The CD is still in my car after 8 months. I keep it handy.... thanks Scott
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All this is unfair because the man does have talent, a lot of talent in fact. I will be the first to admit Weiland is somewhat of a "musical chameleon," borrowing elements from Vedder, Bowie, Reed, etc, over the years but his songwriting, willingness to experiment, melodies and, overall ability to craft a good song are superb. As for his lyrics...yeah, I don't always get them, but whatever...
Weiland's full talents perhaps best manifested themselves on his solo debut "12 Bar Blues" (1998). Unconcerned with making something radio-friendly in the vein of STP, Weiland was free to experiment, throw in the kitchen sink and create whatever he wanted. The result was an eclectic, wonderfully bizarre, carnival-esque; Bowie/Reznor inspired ride through a depressed, tortured, and most importantly creative mind.
Ten years and four albums later (two with STP and two with his "supergroup" Velvet Revolver) Weiland is back with a new album "'Happy'" in Galoshes" (2008).
If you're one of those people that absolutely loved "12 Bar Blues" you might be a little disappointed with "Galoshes." There's really nothing as alluring and downright weird and hypnotic as "Desperation #5," "Barbarella" or "Lady, Your Roof Brings Me Down" and the album, overall, is far more straightforward and can seem a little pedestrian compared to its predecessor. That said "Galoshes" is still a fine album and has a lot to offer. Think of it as a cross between the more mellow songs from "12 Bar Blues," like "Son" and STP's final album "Shangri-La Dee Da," (2001) like "Hello, it's late." It's the sort of album you can just kind of unwind and relax with. The last year-and-a-half haven't been the best for Weiland as he lost a brother, his marriage fell apart and he was kicked-out of Velvet Revolver, and this album sort of reflects that. "Galoshes" is a poppy and melodic, yet melancholy, lonely journey...
While there may not be a "Slither" or "Sex Type Thing" to rock out with or anything quite as captivating as something from "12 Bar Blues," "Galoshes" is still a worthy effort that might hopefully help Weiland win over some of his more harsher critics (Note: a lot of the album's more offbeat songs were left off and available on the deluxe edition).
If you're a fan of STP, you may or may not -- it's more experimental and less mainstream than STP, but not as far out there as 12 Bar Blues was.
Listened nonstop for a week now and the sounds just keep growing. Very original, very real.
However, that by no means implies that Happy In Galoshes is a bad CD. His take on David Bowie's "Fame" is has a killer groove, and it quickly became one of my favorites. This is in complete contrast to "Killing Me Sweetly", a much slower song that balances acoustic and electric guitar. Weiland also features a very melodious vocal delivery with striking falsetto accents. Continuing on the theme of variety is the mid tempo rocker "Missing Cleveland". Here Weiland reminisces about the "lonely bars where everybody knows the truth and lets it be". Other standouts are "Paralysis" and the hidden bonus track "Be Not Afraid", a Catholic hymn of all things. This CD is not, however, without its misses. Both "She Sold Her System" and "Beautiful Day" are rather plodding numbers without much intrigue. Then there's "Arch Angel" that has an electronic rhythm that sounds like one of the preprogrammed accompaniments on the old Casio miniature keyboards.
All in all, though, there is a lot to like on Happy In Galoshes. Anyone who likes Scott Weiland's voice and is interested in musical variety should check this out. The high points are true gems that overcome the weaker tacks.
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