The still remains of the Stone Temple Pilots have recruited a
unknown vocalist and rechristened themselves as Talk Show,
giving rock critics the easiest band name to play with since
Unfortunately, new vocalist Dave Coutts (late of Ten Inch Men),
Eric Krets and string siblings Dean and Rob DeLeo won't be
the ball this time around. Their "debut" twists and turns and reeks
all that is Jenny Jones -- because when all is said and done, Talk
nothing more than a snazzy makeover and a loud studio
audience. Let's be
honest here -- no one would give a damn about Talk Show if not
Stone Temple Pilots. Talk Show is essentially the sequel without
the sexy, big-
name star -- this year's Speed II of rock 'n' roll.
However, this might be how the next Stone Temple Pilots record
sounded anyway, given Coutts' perfect take on Scott Weiland's
As has been said of STP, Talk Show reveal their influences too
leaving the listener with that overwhelming feeling of "where have
I heard this
"Hello Hello," the album's lead single, steals generously from
"Sweet Emotion," with heavy doses of wah-wah guitars and tense
vocal skids. Coutts is undoubtedly the perfect replacement for
However, the DeLeos seem to have stumbled hard upon the
sending the poppy Pilots sound into the classic rock stratosphere.
The inevitable crunch of sound kills the flow behind "End Of The
opening track "Ring Twice," the latter of which features some
vocals during the chorus. "Everybody Loves My Car" is catchy, as
is "Hide," as
both stay calm on the chops and concentrate on some sort of
Unfortunately, you can't help but burst into air guitar, and after 13
tracks of the
stuff, the neck is tired and the makeshift overbite leaves quite the
on the chin.
Yet, beneath Talk Show's dirt are tracks such as "Wash Me
the breathy "Peeling An Orange." "Peeling An Orange" has an
Southern California vibe with playful harmonica whirs and equally
whimsical lines such as "Peeling an orange outside/ I'm very
Sometimes the acid stings my eyes..." And "Wash Me Down," with
tribal beats and swaying string work, resides in the same vain as
"Interstate Love Song," and could be just as big a hit.
It was the lush, unplugged side of the DeLeo brothers which
best measured their skills. Their MTV "Unplugged" performance
few years back was quite a spectacle. Unfortunately, Talk Show
on chords and riffs, chops and cuts. Although it's the prettiest
Aerosmith effort since Toys In The Attic (with plenty of
Trick thrown in for good measure), it's safe to say that no one
would care about Talk Show had it not been for STP.
But who would've given a damn about the Pilots if it hadn't been
grunge? What goes around comes around. Next up: the Scott
album. I can hardly wait.