SCOTT WEILAND AND THE WILDABOUTS

"Blaster" (Softdrive Records; 2015)

Reviewed by Jeff Rogers

This is the fourth studio record for musician Scott Weiland (betcha can't name the other three without Googling his name). This is the first album under the name "Scott Weiland and the Wildabouts" so he's branched out a bit at least name-wise on this release. Scott has a great voice and he's very versatile. He kind of reminds me of David Lee Roth and his quest to just sing songs he likes. Nothing against Scott since he's always had that rock vibe in his blood. My review of his book, "Not Dead And Not For Sale, The Earthling Papers, a Memoir" tells more about his life and a bit about his music. The guy just wants to sing and if he can keep a band he's going to do just that ... at least for a while.

The CD booklet for "Blaster" has the lyrics to all twelve tracks. During the first impression, sometimes you can hear some Stone Temple Pilots come through and other times it's Scott who carries the tune because he's the voice. The liner notes of the CD have included some studio and live pictures so you can see them jamming. Unfortunately, the guitarist, Jeremy Brown -- who wrote most of the music on this disc -- passed away in March of 2015. James Iha of Smashing Pumpkins plays guitar on the track "Blue Eyes" and it sounds like a throwback of his old band. The whole disc has a great sound and the production is top notch. After a couple of spins you'll find your personal gems.

The Wildabouts: Scott Weiland - lead vocals, guitar, keyboards; Tommy Black bass; Danny Thompson drums; Jeremy Brown guitars with Mike Avenaim - drums (tracks 1, 4, 6, 8) plus James Iha - guitar (track 6).

For more information on the man Scott Weiland - http://scottweiland.com.

Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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