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.
1. It Doesn't Seem to Matter
4. A Better Place
5. Non Stop
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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