Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Happy in Galoshes

Posted on Wed, Dec 3, 2008 at 4:00 AM

Happy in Galoshes
Composer: Scott Weiland
Conductor: Scott Weiland
Label: Soft Drive
Release Date: 2008-12-03
Rated: NONE
Genre: Recording

Solo albums are self-indulgent sorts of things. Scott Weiland, once lead singer of both Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver when not doing the drug-addict jailbird thing, offers up his second one-man outing with Happy in Galoshes. Whereas Weiland’s first disc, 12 Bar Blues, made the best of the opportunity, even producing a minor alt-rock hit in “Mockingbird Girl,” Happy is as fragmented as Weiland’s remaining brain cells.

Here he lets slip his affection for Ziggy Stardust, stringing three Bowie-esque tunes in a row (“Blind Confusion,” “Paralysis,” and “She Sold Her System”) before rushing headlong into an unoriginal cover of “Fame.” Wow, way to state the obvious. Weiland also schizophrenically delves into Spanish rhythms (“Killing Me Sweetly), Brit-pop melodies (“Beautiful Day”), and even Bob Dylan (the awful “Tangle With Your Mind”). Steve Albini, master of anti-corporate rock, ups the WTF factor with production credits. Sometimes it’s better to stick with your day job.

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