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Army Of Anyone
Army Of Anyone
Firm Music
www.armyofanyone.com


The irony in this band's name, Army of Anyone, will be immediately recognized by anybody paying close attention. The band is fronted by Filter vocalist Richard Patrick, along with brothers -- and former Stone Temple Pilots bandmates - (guitarist) Dean DeLeo and (bassist) Robert DeLeo, and rounded out by drummer Ray Luzier. In other words, this "new" act features anything but an anonymous cast.

If Scott (ex-STP) Weiland's latest gig, where he performs along with a few former Guns N' Roses members in Velvet Revolver, is a little too Hollywood for you, perhaps this self-titled release will remind you of the old days. The rumbling, tumbling riff in "Goodbye" is especially STP-like, while "Father Figure" brings back memories of grunge buddies Pearl Jam. Patrick has the sort of gut-busting voice that consistently transforms this group's creations into muscular musical workouts.
Bob Ezrin, a veteran rock producer who has helped shape Pink Floyd and Alice Cooper recordings in the past, manned the board on this new Army Of Anyone CD. Together, they lighten things up with "A Better Place." Elsewhere, "This Wasn't Supposed to Happen" prominently features acoustic guitars. "Stop Look And Listen" is also quiet and moody, and contrasts with this release's otherwise aggressive feel. These are but exceptions, however, because Army Of Anyone is unabashedly a hard rock band.

One imagines these two DeLeo brothers eventually grew tired of Weiland's substance abuse escapades, which left their stone temple wandering lost without a reliable pilot. With Army Of Anyone there is likely far less drama. It may not be clouded by a circus of surprises, in the troubling way Stone Temple Pilots became a celebrity photographer's big top dream. Instead, it is a solid and entertaining rock effort. Additionally, this is an army that exhibits a lot of fight, where it can - to quote an old Army recruiting slogan - be all that it can be.

-Dan MacIntosh

Track Listing:
1. It Doesn't Seem to Matter
2. Goodbye
3. Generation
4. A Better Place
5. Non Stop
6. Disappear
7. Stop, Look and Listen
8. Ain't Enough
9. Father Figure
10. Leave It
11. This Wasn't Supposed to Happen


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