ARMY OF ANYONE

-- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 2:59 PM ET


Army of Anyone
Army of Anyone
(Capitol/EMI)

Not many rock groups put you in mind of Donald Rumsfeld. But Army of Anyone aren't just any rock group -- they're modern rock's latest supergroup, with former members of Stone Temple Pilots, Filter and David Lee Roth's band.

But listening to their Audioslavish self-titled debut (in stores Tuesday) brings to mind Rummy's famous words: "You go to war with the Army you have, not the Army you might want."

Recruitment also seems to be the main problem with this boys' Army. Don't blame former STP guitarist Dan DeLeo and his bassist brother Robert, the joint chiefs of the band. Most of the 11 tracks on this Bob Ezrin-produced disc are driven by the same dino-roar post-grunge riffs of STP.

Admittedly, the DeLeos' stadium-rock arsenal is a tad dated these days -- but it still contains weapons of mass destruction. Problem is, former Filter frontman Richard Patrick's generically raspy modern-rock wail is more Perry Farrell or Layne Staley than Scott Weiland -- and doesn't suit the DeLeos' menacing material nearly as well.

Kinetic drummer Ray Luzier is also a poor fit -- it seems he's spent so many years aping Alex Van Halen behind Roth that he's stuck in overdrive, frantically bashing away and yanking the band in his wake instead of laying back and giving these songs the anchors they need.

Bottom line: Having the DeLeos back in action is great, but before they take their Army into battle again, they might want to recruit some fresh blood instead of just taking anyone.

Track Listing:

1. It Doesn't Seem to Matter
2. Goodbye
3. Generation
4. A Better Place
5. Non Stop
6. Disappear
7. Stop Look and Listen
8. Ain't Enough
9. Father Figure
10. Leave It
11. This Wasn't Supposed to Happen


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