Stone Temple Pilots, "Between the Lines"

Track Review

Stone Temple Pilots' first single since 2003's "All in the Suit That You Wear" feels strangely familiar. All of the recently reunited band's signature elements are still intact, from the thick slabs of Dean DeLeo's distorted guitar riffs-later punctured by a roaring solo-to the steady rhythm section and Scott Weiland's snarling vocals. The frontman's tenor bears a surprising, Dylan-esque warble, which perhaps has to do with the " '60s sound" that the band has said describes its upcoming, self-titled album. Even though Weiland's lyrics are obtuse at times ("Really like the fish but don't like superficial people" being the clearest example), he sounds far more convincing here than he ever did as the lead singer of Velvet Revolver. "Between the Lines" might not have the surefire hit potential of STP's older singles, but it's still an excellent welcome-back gift from one of rock's biggest names.