Army of Anyone
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While the DeLeo brother's may have written STP's classic songs and brought the killer riffs and grooves to the table, it was singer Scott Weiland who molded the songs and brought much creativity to eclecticism to the band. STP was more than just one man; it was the chemistry of the DeLeo brothers and Weiland that made Stone Temple Pilots one of the best rock bands from the 1990s.
Without Weiland, the DeLeo brothers have some big shoes to fill...enter Richard Patrick, founder and frontman of Filter, who first hit it big in 1995 with the semi-metal/industrial "Hey Man Nice Shot." Initially written off by some as a second rate Nine Inch Nails (which Patrick was once the lead live guitarist of) Filter proved to be more than a run-of-the-mill, mid-90s one-hit-wonder. Their 1999 hit "Take a Picture" proved to be one of the most memorable singles of the decade, proving Filter to have real staying power.
Robert (bass) and Dean (guitar) DeLeo hooking up with Patrick, all veterans of the 90s grunge and post-grunge era seems like a logical fit. But to be honest, often times super-groups are disappointing (Audioslave anyone?). Fortunately, the fruits of this Stone Temple Pilots/Filter combination are mostly impressive. The DeLeo brothers, Patrick, as well as drummer Ray Luzier (The David Lee Roth band) along with producer Bob Ezrin have made an impressive debut.Read more ›
Sounds Like: Exactly what you had expected.
- Who doesn't like the DeLeo brothers? These guys are just awesome and always turn out awesome melodies and hooks.
- Patrick's voice hasn't weakened with age, and the songwriting has only improved.
- With the first listen, you'll know if you like it or not.
- It sounds too much at times as if Richard Patrick singing over leftover Stone Temple Pilots material.
Hits: "It Doesn't Seem To Matter," "Disappear," "Goodbye," "Ain't Enough," "Leave It" and "A Better Place" -- which serves as the genesis of the band -- all perfectly fuse the Filter and STP sounds together. "Father Figure," however, sounds like another beast (and serves as my personal favorite).
Misses: "Non-Stop" is just annoying.
Future: Radio will love Army Of Anyone, and so will just about anyone who followed these guys in the previous decade. It's just a hard album not to like.
Personally: Army Of Anyone don't "do it for me" like Velvet Revolver and (especially) Audioslave do, but their debut is an excellent start and something everyone should look into.
Best Listened To When: You yearn for something that sounds like Stone Temple Pilots, but isn't just a rip-off -- like so many bands these days.
It takes some getting used to, hearing Patrick's voice instead of Weiland, but that doesn't last long. He sounds great; he sounds, like... well, him.
Filter fans seeking that industrial, mechanized sound might be disappointed but perhaps not, since Filter was moving in a more melodic, arragned direction anyway.
There are some absolutely killer songs here. The production is fantastic (not as dirty as Brendan O'Brien's). The drummer absolutely smokes. This CD is worth it for the first five songs alone.
So if, like me, you missed the guitar/bass heroics of the DeLeo brothers, this is your prayer answered.
Out of the three "supergroups" of late, this is easily the best.
Audioslave: totally disappointing
Velvet Revolver: 1/3 of that record is good
Army of Anyone: winnah!
Phew. It's nice to hear some inventive guitar playing again.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Good throwback to when radio rock was good and diverse. Perfect blend of Stone Temple Pilots and Filter. Read morePublished 2 months ago by R. Callahan
This in my opinión is just hielo a rock mix should sound like ..... One of the best rock works on the decade..Published 10 months ago by Rodolfo Pagliuca
Unbelievable CD. Somehow I missed it initially but its as good as anything that these guys have done individually.Published 21 months ago by Chris Archevald
Great album.Better than alot of their STP work. I would like to see them get together for at least one more recordingPublished on February 24, 2014 by R.H.
Great CD, great price and shipped promptly as advertised. If you are an STP & Filter fan with a classic rock bent, you will love this CD.Published on December 24, 2013 by owen faler
I found this group on internet radio...and i was determined to get it after hearing a couple of their tracks off this album. Read morePublished on December 22, 2013 by K. Gordon
new... and Rocking...a great record, good for the STP fans, and get it right away... maybe you'll regret it if not..Published on October 28, 2013 by Raul Hernandez
Saw these guys live about a day before my CD order arrived. What a fantastic show!! I really wish of all the "super groups", these guys would have stuck together.Published on August 27, 2013 by Derik L. Rinehart