The new album is out, and damn fine it is too. Very 'Dirt' like in feel. Closest album they've done to the Layne era stuff since his passing.
Saw them do a full set last night near Portland. Was fantastic! STP was one of the openers and they were also fantastic.Loving it so far. Several great tracks on the album...first three tracks are killer. Bit of a lull in the middle, but the last three tracks are also awesome.
I agree, they kind of flash back to Dirt probably more than they have in the other two William era albums, but they also hit back to Facelift era as well. There's a bit more playfulness in some of the melodies I think. I also like that they let William sing more as he's got a great voice. Felt like they tried to hide him on the first couple albums because he's not Layne.
Couple things I wish they did different...the acoustic sounding tracks drag kind of like the other two William era albums. They used to be a real highlight from the Sap to Tripod albums but I skip them most of the time. I also find the production a bit flat and levels overall a bit quiet, although I'm listening on Spotify (still comparing to their other albums on the same platform). And while I know they probably aren't going to rip out speed metal tempos, the new albums all have a lot of the same mid to slow temps that get a bit monotonous.
Anyways, really hoping they tour this album. I caught them at a festival earlier this year and they were outstanding. Would love a full two hour set!
Awesome!Saw them do a full set last night near Portland. Was fantastic! STP was one of the openers and they were also fantastic.
My musical life is infinitely better when Jerry Cantrell, Billy Corgan and the DeLeo brothers are making music. Whoever they have to get around them to make this happen, I'm a happy camper.Awesome!
STP opened for AIC at the festival I saw this year and I agree, also fantastic. The new singer is outstanding and really seems like he has his head on his shoulders. Their new album was good overall I think, not as good as Rainier Fog IMO.
There's a ton of people who get really annoyed that these bands are continuing without their original singers. I get it, and I do think Jeff Gutt and William Duvall don't quite have all the character and excitement of Scott Weiland and Layne Staley (both were incredible talents and just legendary). But it's better to have new music from these groups than not.
I also saw Smashing Pumpkins last week. Very glad to see them back together. Again, a group of people are super uppity about Darcy not being there, but they were outstanding live and didn't miss a beat.
+10000000My musical life is infinitely better when Jerry Cantrell, Billy Corgan and the DeLeo brothers are making music. Whoever they have to get around them to make this happen, I'm a happy camper.