No 4

It was all because of drugs. The whole thing, because of drugs.

It was all because of drugs. The whole thing, because of drugs. It’s why ‘alternative’ music is just another exercise in dollar-grabbing and it’s why [a]Stone Temple Pilots[/a]’ fourth album – the inspiration-free ‘No 4’ – is such a gutless musical dead end.

True, critics have always hated [a]Stone Temple Pilots[/a], accusing them of hopping on the grunge bandwagon, and singling out frontman [a]Scott Weiland[/a]as a shameless Vedder copyist. Not entirely fair, as it happens – 1994’s ‘Purple‘ LP wore grunge’s only pair of rose-tinted glasses, and was all the better for it. But Weiland‘s descent into heroin addiction has left ‘No 4‘ spiritually empty.

“, in a reaffirmation of his narcotic vows. But as moments of clarity go, it’s a deeply sad one.

No 4‘? It’s the sound of corporate whores meeting a particularly messy demise.