“Looking back on the Critical Eye-Gouging That Surrounded Blaster.”

Is it just me, or were critics just incredibly unscrupulous about bashing Scott Weiland & The Wildabouts’ album Blaster? I mean, this consequence of sound site gave it a C- and says “Weiland’s lyrics aren’t anything to be proud of” (nice ending a clause with a preposition, by the way), and then offers all of ONE example of this purported lyrical ineptitude, and it’s that he rhymed “the other day” with “the CIA”… that’s the example this douche bag gives of Weiland’s lyrics being so bad.

I dunno, to me Blaster was incredibly refreshing not only for an STP fan going back, but for someone who’s suffered through countless overly earnest whine-fests about some girl leaving some guy… I like for lyrics to be a little more obtuse and fractal, otherwise I’d just sit around reading Robert Creeley all day.
Musically, “White Lightning,” Blaster’s centerpiece, tears emo a new one, so it should be celebrated and relished if for no other reason than this. Also, this dips** calls Scott Weiland a “one trick pony,” saying “his tunes could best be described as ‘guitar-heavy’ and ‘furry,'” what the fu** about “Pretty Penny,” “Lady Picture Show” and “Sour Girl”? I mean, this dude in my back seat once thought “Sour Girl” was the Beatles, for Christ’s sake.
And seeing as I have a brain and all, I decided not to even read the Rolling Stone review, which gave it two stars. Suffice it to say that wikipedia’s RS citations I was just perusing about the late ’90’s Pearl Jam albums yielded a strong enough impression of the magazine, which claimed that Binaural indicated that the band was “Apparently as tired as everyone else except Creed fans,” when actually Binaural is sonically identical to Yield, for all intents and purposes — it begins with a fast-paced rocker, “Breakerfall” to Yield’s “Brain of J,” and then is peppered with an alternation of rockers and mid-tempo ballads.
Props to americansongwriter.com for choosing “Sour Girl” as their showcased STP anthem this month, and to loudwire for sliding “Lady Picture Show” onto their 10-best list. Elsewhere, it seems, Scott Weiland just stole a bunch of people’s gals, or something, there’s just this overwhelming deluge of ill will against him, people readier to just toss truckloads of bad words his way than they are to actually listen to the music and sufficiently back up what they’re saying. Maybe it’s an attempt on their part to wield more power than they actually should naturally have, as if they can have more of an effect being destructive than they can being nurturing of rock music, or actually defining anything whatsoever, while they’re at it.

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