The type of rocking Army of Anyone (comprised of former Filter and Stone Temple Pilots members) does on their debut is fairly by-the-numbers Audioslave-esque post-grunge, while frontman Richard Patrick shouts in key over the top in a manner rather reminiscent of Dave Grohl. Supergroup or not, however, they desperately need to spend more time fine-tuning their lyrics; intelligence rapidly takes a back seat as the foursome revel in bass-heavy, guitar-driven blandness that marks a band coming together for the first time. Single “Goodbye” has moments, including a sneaky keyboard trill that works its way into the bridge, as does the grinding “Father Figure”. But ultimately, Army of Anyone points to the need for all involved to focus more on the message and less on enjoyment. As Patrick himself sings in the opener, “It doesn’t seem to matter / When it’s all about you”. Save your cash for the next Velvet Revolver.
// Notes from the Road
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