12 Bar Blues

12 Bar Blues

by Scott WeilandScott Weiland


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Scott Weiland's addictions were well documented and were often blamed for the disintegration of Stone Temple Pilots. Frustrated with his constant relapses, the remaining Pilots formed Talk Show, whose debut album rocked hard but lacked the style and melody of prime STP. Instead of reviving the Magnificent Bastards, Weiland decided to record a solo album with producer Daniel Lanois. The teaming was unexpected but inspired -- 12 Bar Blues is an unpredictable, carnivalesque record confirming that Weiland was the visionary behind STP's sound. He's fascinated by sound, piling on layers of shredded guitars, drum loops, and keyboards, making sure that each song sounds drastically different from its predecessor. Throughout it all, a few things remain the same -- the music is rooted in glam rock, filtered through psychedelia and trip-hop, and dressed in immediate, catchy hooks and melodies. At its best, 12 Bar Blues makes a case for Weiland's talents as a songwriter and musician. At times his lyrics can be awkward, and occasionally the music collapses under its own weight, but the very best moments -- the swirling "Desperation #5," the glitter-crunch of "About Nothing," the mock-Tom Waits march "Lady, Your Roof Brings Me Down," the hook-laden "Mockingbird Girl," the stomping "Jimmy Was a Stimulator" -- are exciting modern hard rock songs propelled by hooks, attitude, and style.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/31/1998
Label: Atlantic
UPC: 0075678308420
catalogNumber: 83084
Rank: 8273

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Scott Weiland   Primary Artist,Synthesizer,Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Percussion,Piano,Mellophonium,Voices,Vibes,Beat Box,Drum Loop
Sheryl Crow   Accordion
Tracy Chisholm   Theremin
Joel Derouin   Violin
Victor Indrizzo   Acoustic Guitar,Percussion,Piano,Drums,Electric Guitar,Keyboards,Mellophonium,Hi Hat
Daniel Lanois   Synthesizer
Brad Mehldau   Piano,Keyboards
Zander Schloss   Guitar
Rob Lorentz   Violin
Blair Lamb   Beat Box,Drum Loop
Novi Novog   Viola
Suzie Katayama   Cello
Peter DiStefano   Bass,Guitar,Synthesizer Guitar
Jeff Nolan   Guitar
Tim Gilman   Guitar
Martyn Lenoble   Bass,Cello
Tony Castaneda   Bass,Guitar,Slide Guitar
Michael Weiland   Percussion
Holly Reiger   Guitar
Jim Gilman   Guitar

Technical Credits

Tracy Chisholm   Engineer
Victor Indrizzo   String Arrangements
Daniel Lanois   Producer
Scott Weiland   Producer
Blair Lamb   Producer
Alison Dyer   Contributor
Richard Bates   Art Direction
Jennifer Barbato   Art Direction

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