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Album Review

Stone Temple Pilots, 'Stome Temple Pilots'

May 24, 2010

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Although Stone Temple Pilots haven’t made a new album in nearly 10 years, few have probably missed them since they never really went away. With their passel of ’90s hits still in heavy radio rotation, it may be hard for new music from the recently reunited rockers to dent the bubble of nostalgia. But if you ever liked anything about the quartet, chances are good you’ll dig this eponymous, self-produced comeback album. The 12 tracks blend essentially everything STP ever did well without sounding like a stitched-together version of past hits. But given that it’s STP, the songs do still conjure the group’s influences, albeit with their own pop-grunge spin. “Huckleberry Crumble’’ has an enjoyably scuzzy, Aerosmith-like swagger and growl. “Take a Load Off’’ churns and chimes, pivoting on a Nirvana-Beatles axis. “Cinnamon’’ is pure power-pop. And “Hazy Daze’’ has a familiar stomp. There’s even a dollop of country flavor in the loping “First Kiss on Mars.’’ Throughout are sweet-and-sour guitar solos, glam-rock grooves, psychedelic swirls, and hummable melodies that carry the day. (Out tomorrow)

SARAH RODMAN

ESSENTIAL “Huckleberry Crumble’’