In SPIN Magazine, Weiland admits he hasn't laughed uncontrollably for over a year, during a scene from "Wedding Crashers." This could be due to his younger brother, Michael's, death from a drug overdose, his mother's recent diagnosis of cancer, his separation from his wife, or Velvet Revolver's split in April. The past year has tested his sobriety and while he has not turned back to heroin in almost six years (December 5th), he had a short binge with cocaine and was thrown in jail for a DUI.
As selfish as it sounds, his misery has brought out the best in him. Happy brings back all the elements of STP but has a twist of sensitivity. In "Missing Cleveland" Weiland belts out his nostalgia for his hometown, where in fact he did where galoshes. The Beatles' psychedelic euphoria is reintroduced on "She Sold Her System." He sheds all of his shame on a cover of David Bowie's "Fame," where Weiland sounds eerily identical to Bowie. They kind of look alike - Weiland just a bit less feminine. The catchy, bouncy rock tune "Beautiful Day" might take a few seconds to sink in that it is the same guy who was lead singer of the best 90's grunge band.
Grab the deluxe edition and you'll hear 10 additional tracks, including a cover of the Smiths' "Reel Around the Fountain." Sweet!