It has been almost 10 years in between Stone Temple Pilots albums and to say that their fans have been chomping at the bit for some new music is an understatement. The foursome (Scott Weiland, Dean DeLeo, Robert DeLeo, and Eric Kretz) broke up, went into rehab and worked with other bands in the meantime. But they made their fans very happy when they announced that they were clean, fit and able to stand being in the same room as each other.
The album is self-produced and mixed by the legendary Chris Lord-Alge (Green Day, Dave Matthews Band, My Chemical Romance). It contains plenty of tracks with their signature mix of glam rock, pop rock, punk, psychedelia, and classic rock hooks. Despite their long layoff they have managed to keep their music's sound enduring and timeless. This type of music will never go out of style.
Longtime STP fans might voice some complaints about the band not being as 'heavy' as they used to be. That is probably true, but some of the hooks on this pop rock leaning album are some of the best they have every written. The guitar work is phenomenal. Dean DeLeo has gone a long way with his sublime slide guitar work on a couple of tracks towards proving that he is one of the better guitarists working in modern rock today.
It might take you a few listens to really appreciate the quality of the work here, so don't give up after one listen. It will be worth it in the end.