Rolling Stone - 12/11/03, p.2084 stars out of 5
- "...The constants: Weiland's brawny shape-shifting vocals, Dean DeLeo's flashy guitar heroics, Eric Kretz's mastodon stomp and the band's collective pop smarts..."
Stone Temple Pilots: Scott Weiland (vocals); Eric Kretz, Robert DeLeo, Dean DeLeo.
Producers: Stone Temple Pilots, Brendan O'Brien.
Compilation producer: Dean DeLeo.
Audio Mixers: Chris Lord-Alge; Brendan O'Brien .
Recording information: Cello Studios, Hollywood, CA.
Photographers: Marcelo Torok; Chapman Baehler.
Although they've often been compared to their slightly older Seattle cousins, Pearl Jam and Alice in Chains, Stone Temple Pilots were quite capable of creating their own sound, and this retrospective offers the proof. THANK YOU opens with the hard-charging "Vasoline" followed by "Down," a thick slab of Black Sabbath-like riffery. Though the grunge references of hits like the stomping "Wicked Garden" and the bizarrely catchy "Plush" are undeniable, STP come into their own on tunes from their second and third albums, PURPLE and TINY MUSIC?SONGS FROM THE VATICAN GIFT SHOP. Ambitious tracks from these outings include the restlessly rocking "Interstate Love Song," the blues-based anthem "Big Empty," the new wave/punk-influenced "Big Bang Baby," and the energetic "Trippin' in a Hole in a Paper Heart." Despite a legacy tainted by singer Scott Weiland's drug problems, THANK YOU proudly displays how Stone Temple Pilots melded classic pop, metal, and grunge into a sound that garnered them a huge audience.