No. 4

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Barnes & Noble - Matt Diehl
The latest project from these quintessential pop-grungers carries boatloads of baggage, thanks to singer Scott Weiland's much-publicized move to the Big House. Indeed, several songs, such as the dirgelike "Atlanta," which deals with the troubled vocalist's relationship with his wife, percolate deeply with anomie and pain. But who listens to a Stone Temple Pilots album for emotional intensity? A new STP album tends to be, plain and simple, a mad hookfest, and NO. 4 is no exception. STP have always been a bit derivative, but that's part of the appeal. It's fun to play "spot the influence" on cuts like "Church on Tuesday" and "Sour Girl," both of which proudly work a Beatles...
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Barnes & Noble - Matt Diehl
The latest project from these quintessential pop-grungers carries boatloads of baggage, thanks to singer Scott Weiland's much-publicized move to the Big House. Indeed, several songs, such as the dirgelike "Atlanta," which deals with the troubled vocalist's relationship with his wife, percolate deeply with anomie and pain. But who listens to a Stone Temple Pilots album for emotional intensity? A new STP album tends to be, plain and simple, a mad hookfest, and NO. 4 is no exception. STP have always been a bit derivative, but that's part of the appeal. It's fun to play "spot the influence" on cuts like "Church on Tuesday" and "Sour Girl," both of which proudly work a Beatles mojo, while "Sex and Violence" delivers a Buzzcocks-style carnal rave-up and "MC5" gives props to the infamous '60s proto-sludge-punks. Still, even when cribbing from the history books, STP distinguish themselves as riff-master generals in their own right. Whether or not there's a massive hit single looming within this whirling dervish, the beefy guitar figures that dominate the album -- as on the piledriving opener "Down" and the fluid "Pruno" -- more than compensate. And, all told, NO. 4 is a surprisingly solid, solidly rocking statement from a band working to keep itself together against insurmountable odds.
All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
It would be tempting to scour No. 4, Scott Weiland's reunion with Stone Temple Pilots, for insights into his troubles, yet the group consciously avoids this throughout the album. That's for the best, since it's their hardest effort since their debut, Core. "Down" and "Heaven & Hot Rods" provide a powerful, brutal opening for No. 4 -- it's as if STP decided to compete directly with the new generation of alt-metal bands who prize aggression over hooks or riffs. With these two songs, the band's attack is as vicious as that of the new generation, but they retain their gift for gargantuan hooks. Much of the album hits pretty hard -- most explicitly on "No Way Out," "Sex & Violence," and "MC5," -- and even the ballads and neo-psychedelic pop have none of the swirling production that distinguished Tiny Music. That sense of adventure is missed, because even if the album finds STP returning to the muscular hard rock that made them, they always sounded better when they concentrated on melodicism. No. 4's most effective moments have a variety of sonic textures and color -- "Pruno" tempers its giant riffs with spacy verses; "Church on Tuesday" is a great pop tune, as are the trippy "Sour Girl" and "I Got You"; and the psychedelic "Glide" and closing ballad, "Atlanta," have a sense of majesty. These songs anchor the heavier moments, instead of the other way around, and it all plays well together. As a matter of fact, No. 4 is as tight as Tiny Music. Even if it isn't as grandiose or sonically compelling as that effort, it's a record that consolidates all their strengths.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/26/1999
  • Label: Atlantic
  • UPC: 075678325526
  • Catalog Number: 83255

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Down (3:48)
  2. 2 Heaven & Hot Rods (3:26)
  3. 3 Pruno (3:14)
  4. 4 Church on Tuesday (3:00)
  5. 5 Sour Girl (4:16)
  6. 6 No Way Out (4:19)
  7. 7 Sex & Violence (2:54)
  8. 8 Glide (5:00)
  9. 9 I Got You (4:15)
  10. 10 MC5 (2:42)
  11. 11 Atlanta (5:18)
  12. 12 Down (3:58)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Stone Temple Pilots Primary Artist, Primary Artist
Charlie Bisharat Violin
Larry Corbett Cello
Dean DeLeo Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, 6-string bass, Lap Steel Guitar
Robert DeLeo Bass, Guitar, Percussion, Electric Guitar, Zither, Fuzz Bass
Joel Derouin Concert Master
Peter Kent Violin
Eric Kretz Percussion, Drums
Barrett Martin Marimbas
Brendan O'Brien Percussion, Piano, Keyboards, Background Vocals
Scott Weiland Organ, Vocals
Evan Wilson Viola
Suzie Katayama Cello
Gerry Hilera Violin
Matthew Funes Viola
Technical Credits
Stone Temple Pilots Art Direction, Art Conception
David Campbell String Arrangements
Robert DeLeo Composer
Nick DiDia Engineer
Russ Fowler Engineer
Stephen Marcussen Mastering
Brendan O'Brien Producer
Allen Sides Engineer
Scott Weiland Composer
Richard Bates Art Direction
Andrew Garver Digital Editing
Ryan Williams Engineer
Dave Reed Engineer
Andrea Brooks Art Direction
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Strange Brew of their best and unusual

    Before anyone thinks I will diss this CD, HEAR ME OUT FIRST. A lot of people think this is their best CD, but I think they have two others that rank higher and no it's not "Core"! What this cd has that others lack is the crunch that was most evident on "Core". Still this batch of songs has some real surprises. For me it's songs like the underrated "Glide" and the vastly overlooked oddity "Atlanta" that make this CD one of their better ones. "Sour Girl" ia also a fave, with it's goth like verses and Beatles like chorus. This song illustrates what I have always said. This band was never a Pearl Jam clone. They were a bridge from classic sixties bands such as Led Zeppelin, the Beatles and the Doors to name a few. To the more melodical Grunge bands. That bridge they built is what will keep their CD's popular long after other bands of their generation have disappeared.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    STP is back!

    Who would have ever thought that STP could actually pull it off? After Scott Weiland's continuous drug problems that kept him in and out of jail and rehab, the band was able to come back with something absolutely fresh. No. 4 is a whole new sound for STP. Core and Purple were great albums, but the band really innovated to create this work. Tracks such as Sour Girl give a hint of a Led Zeppelin influence. All of the other songs provides something new for any STP fan. Great comeback Weiland.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I can't stop listening to this CD!!!!

    If you're an STP fan, you won't be disappointed. If you aren't an STP fan, you will be after you listen to this CD! I didn't realize how badly I needed an STP fix -- now I'm drunk on it and loving it!

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