Back in his Stone Temple Pilots days, Scott Weiland showed himself to be a better mimic than a lyricist, able to knock off the styles of different performers to suit his changing moods. Left to his own devices on Happy In Galoshes, he seems completely lost, with no idea which way to go.
Working with Steve Albini in the studio instead of having a producer who might have provided Weiland with some direction wasn't a wise decision. Unsure of whether to cop some David Bowie, John Mellencamp, Chad Kroeger, Prince, Tommy Tutone, Rufus Wainwright or maybe Jeff Buckley, he figures he's got 13 tracks to work with, so why not take a crack at each?
What he winds up with is an unfocused yet sonically balanced mess.
Top Track: Fame