Happy in Galoshes

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November 19, 2008 at 05:00 AM EST

Weiland doesn’t get enough credit for the oddball charisma he’s brought to the work of Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver. Listening to ”Happy” in Galoshes, a mediocre mess of a solo album, though, it can be difficult to remember why he ever got any credit at all. Sticky melodies crop up here and there, but they’re badly outnumbered by turgid power ballads and indulgent experiments, including an awful rap-infused cover of David Bowie’s ”Fame.” The one thing all the tracks share is Weiland’s trademark howl, sounding more scratched-up than ever. Maybe he should let his larynx rest for a bit. C?

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