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  • Audio CD (Nov. 25 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Warner Music
  • ASIN: B001KK6RQA
  • In-Print Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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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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Format: Audio CD
Haven't heard "12 bar blues", his first solo (I think). However, I'm surprised at this one.

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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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
a worthy effort that might hopefully help Weiland win over some of his more harsher critics Dec 21 2008
By Daniel Ferguson-Maltzman - Published on
Format: Audio CD
No matter what you think of Scott Weiland, one thing is certain--he is a ridiculed artist. Almost immediately as he achieved fame in the early 90s with Stone Temple Pilots he was accused of ripping-off Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder with his baritone growl in "Plush," and then with his solo album and later STP it was David Bowie he was said to have taken a page from. His lyrics are mocked as nonsensical gibberish and he has been called a hack, a fraud and a poser.

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).
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Weiland doesnt disappoint Nov. 25 2008
By Modern Man - Published on
If you're a fan of Weiland's first solo album, 12 Bar Blues, you will probably enjoy this album.

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.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Excellent Nov. 27 2008
By S. White - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Scott gets back to some singing on this second solo release. The 2nd velveeta revolver was a step up from the first but it kinda stifled someone with a voice of his caliber. Maybe you can have Slash solo on stuff but you can't go in all directions if you write with him. This cd like his first solo finds all sorts of moods and tempos but is more cohesive than the first solo cd. He even covers Bowies "Fame" and its good but I could swear that justin timberlake was behind the board somewhere on the percussion track! Most impressive is the last uncredited track in the vain of a gospel/inspirational feel - it must be a standard from years past and if it isn't more credit to him. Other standouts are Blind Confusion & Big Black Monster. Hell, really its all good.
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
A huge improvement over previous solo album Nov. 26 2008
By smith - Published on
Format: Audio CD
I'm glad Scott made an effort to write actual songs this time. Simple and melodic. With clear emotions and creative yet tasteful arrangements. Not designed to compete with anything on radio. Just to be listened to at home from beginning to end.
Weiland will probably never be able to duplicate this album again so enjoy it while you can.
Note: my review is based on the double-cd edition.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Lounge Funk Rock? Nov. 28 2008
By Ryan Tidwell - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Great CD.

Listened nonstop for a week now and the sounds just keep growing. Very original, very real.

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