While many fans may have thought the album’s melancholic tone reflects the band’s state of mind after the 2015 death of singer Scott Weiland and his replacement Chester Bennington two years later, new singer Jeff Gutt (who wrote most of the lyrics) revealed that only one song, I Didn’t Know The Time, refers to those twin tragedies.
What’s so impressive about these songs are the thoughtful and varied arrangements that feature flute, saxophone and piano solos; the title track has a flamenco feel; and Miles Away, a waltz, includes a celtic fiddle solo. The band are touring Australia in April with Bush and Live.
Perdida by Stone Temple Pilots is out February 7 via Warner.
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