[pullquote quote="Before I got a record deal, Robert (DeLeo of STP) and I recorded a version of "White Christmas". We had no money, so we gave it to our families for Christmas." credit="Scott Weiland"]
A full year after its originally scheduled holiday 2010 release, [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Stone Temple Pilots[/lastfm]/ex-[lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Velvet Revolver[/lastfm] frontman [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Scott Weiland[/lastfm]‘s new Christmas record, The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year, has finally hit stores.
Collectively, the songs on the record are comprised of Weiland‘s spin on traditional Christmas standards that he listened to from a child all the way into his adult years. The STP frontman’s latest release is obviously the most notable departure from all other releases he’s appears on, but he admits that the idea is one that he’d actually been tossing around for quite some time. As for why he chose to do it now, Weiland simply explained, “If you last long enough in this business, you have the ability to make the kind of music you want to make.”
Fueled by that mentality, Weiland‘s attempt at a Christmas record is clearly a raw, from the heart Christmas record created for an audience of one at the end of the day, being Weiland himeslf; which is perfectly fine and even quite admirable given Weiland‘s iconic status in the industry. But while the record is perhaps exactly the final product that Weiland envisioned, its not without its highs and lows. Some of the albums strongest points can be found in songs like the pristine, jazz-driven rendition of Winter Wonderland, as well as an absolutely beautiful version of Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas, which most will find more moving than any version they’ve ever heard before.
Click play below to check out Weiland performing a live rendition of Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas:
The best way to describe The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year is that it comes off as very experimental and at times. It also feels like a concept album and holds a similar vibe to STP’s 2001 release, Shangri-La Dee Da, which some fans described as “confusing”. The only problem with Weiland‘s approach is that concept is Christmas, which can make the record awkward at times in songs like Happy Christmas & Many More as well as in an all too groovy rendition of Silent Night. At first, the reggae-vibe of Happy Christmas seems like a good idea, but after a short time the idea feels a bit underdeveloped and takes away from the records better songs, as well as the records character as a whole.
While [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Scott Weiland[/lastfm]‘s first Christmas record probably won’t go down as the quintessential Christmas album, there is a lot to love about this record for fans of Weiland‘s work, and even (open-minded) holiday music lovers. Arguably the best thing about the record is that even though some of the songs like Silent Night might not appeal to the masses, Weiland‘s renditions shine with an undeniable sense of genuinity from an artist who has nothing left to prove and a lot of Christmas spirit to spread!
Click play below to check out the official music video for Winter Wonderland, Scott’s new single off The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year:
[lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Scott Weiland[/lastfm]‘s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year track listing is as follows:
1. The Christmas Song
2. I’ll Be Home For Christmas
3. White Christmas
4. Silent Night
5. It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year
6. What Child Is This?
7. Winter Wonderland
8. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
9. Happy Christmas And Many More
10. O Holy Night