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Scott Weiland & the Wildabouts, ‘Blaster’

Scott Weiland has been through the mill —marital troubles, drug rehabs, breakups with Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver — but he’s back with a low-key and surprisingly decent album featuring his new band. The Wildabouts aren’t particularly wild, but they’re dedicated disciples of ’70s rock: the theme of this virtual homage LP, which opens with the hard-rock grind of “Modzilla,” an effective play on Blue Oyster Cult’s “Godzilla.” The crunching “Bleed Out” has riff-heavy, Aerosmith-style hooks; “Beach Pop” echoes David Bowie, and the arena-rocking “White Lightning” could be a Peter Frampton tune. The apparent patron saint here, though, is Marc Bolan: The slinky “Way She Moves” has a T-Rex flair, and the album’s only cover is that band’s “20th Century Boy.” Missteps like “Parachute” and the too-screechy “Youth Quake” (which at this point could be renamed “Middle-Aged Quake”) are rare, and Weiland, who credits his new wife as “inspiration and muse,” is obviously recharged. If this derivative album shows that he’s not reinventing the wheel, at least the wheel is still rolling. (Out Tuesday)

Essential “Modzilla”


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