Release Date: Feb 7, 2020
Record label: Rhino
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Post-Grunge
After a decade bookended by just two album releases and capped off with a pair of tragic deaths, Stone Temple Pilots press pause on their usual big rock sound to process grief with their back-to-basics acoustic eighth album, Perdida. Titled after the Spanish word for "loss," this introspective set is weathered, weary, and surprisingly beautiful, an intentional therapy session for a band that's experienced its fair share of tragedy and drama. As such, loss is the central theme for much of the album, but instead of being weighed down by sadness and misery, Perdida does its best to find hope in the darkness.
At first glance, it may seem unusual that Stone Temple Pilots have decided to record a no-frills acoustic album. It's easy to associate the veteran rock band as the grunge miscreants who wrote 90s era-defining albums like Core and Purple. And that's a valid assessment to make, but it'd be also a disservice to not weigh in on the band's melodic flair, best demonstrated in singles like Lady Picture Show, Sour Girl, and, of course, alt-rock radio staple Interstate Love Song.