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Scott Weiland, ‘”Happy” in Galoshes’ (Softdrive/New West/Red/Sony)

LAS VEGAS - JULY 01: Velvet Revolver singer Scott Weiland plays a guitar in the Gibson lounge in the Fantasy Suite gifting lounge during the 944 magazine anniversary party and unveiling of the USD 40 million pool opening at the Palms Casino Resort July 1, 2006 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

If 12 Bar Blues, the Stone Temple Pilots singer’s 1998 solo debut, saw a junkie on the lam, “Happy” makes the fantastical argument that not only isn’t Weiland a washout, he’s a triumphant survivor. Atop banjo-covered ballads, psychedelic epics, and spit-shined Top 40 pop rock, his nostalgic sentiments settle into wistful, if occasionally wince-inducing, melodies that bear little resemblance to Weiland’s previous work. With intervention from the boys of No Doubt and production help from Steve Albini, this sprawling album earns a fair hearing.

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