No. 4 (album)

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№ 4
Studio album by Stone Temple Pilots
Released October 26, 1999
Recorded 1998-1999
Genre Hard rock, alternative rock, psychedelic rock, alternative metal[1]
Length 42:17
Label Atlantic
Producer Brendan O'Brien
Stone Temple Pilots chronology
Tiny Music... Songs from the Vatican Gift Shop
(1996)
No. 4
(1999)
Shangri-La Dee Da
(2001)
Singles from № 4
  1. "Down"
    Released: April 6, 1999
  2. "Sour Girl"
    Released: April 16, 2000
  3. "No Way Out"
    Released: May 2000
  4. "Heaven & Hot Rods"
    Released: 2000 (promo only)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
Entertainment Weekly C[2]
Robert Christgau (neither)[3]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[4]

№ 4 (sometimes referred to as No. 4) is the fourth album released by American hard rock band Stone Temple Pilots, released on October 26, 1999, by Atlantic Records. The album was a return to the band's earlier hard rock roots, while also blending elements of heavy metal, psychedelic rock, and alternative rock. Despite the lack of promotion due to singer Scott Weiland's one-year jail sentence shortly before the album's release, No. 4 was certified Platinum by the RIAA on August 7, 2000,[5] and by the CRIA in August 2001.[6] The song "Down" was nominated for Best Hard Rock Performance at the Grammy Awards. The album also produced one of STP's biggest hits, "Sour Girl", which charted at #78 on the Hot 100, their only song to appear on that chart.[7] The CD was originally released as a digipak, then later changed to a standard jewel case.

Musical style[edit]

No.4 displays a deliberate effort by the band to return to a more hard rock-oriented sound featured on its first two albums. Allmusic cited the album as STP's "hardest effort" since Core, remarking that "it's as if STP decided to compete directly with the new generation of alt-metal bands who prize aggression over hooks or riffs." Stephen Erlewine also wrote that No.4 "consolidates all [of STP's] strengths."[1]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Down"   Scott Weiland, Robert DeLeo 3:49
2. "Heaven & Hot Rods"   Weiland, Dean DeLeo 3:26
3. "Pruno"   Weiland, R. DeLeo 3:14
4. "Church on Tuesday"   Weiland, D. DeLeo 3:00
5. "Sour Girl"   Weiland, D. DeLeo 4:17
6. "No Way Out"   Weiland, R. DeLeo, D. DeLeo, Eric Kretz 4:19
7. "Sex & Violence"   Weiland, R. DeLeo 2:54
8. "Glide"   Weiland, R. DeLeo 5:00
9. "I Got You"   Weiland, R. DeLeo 4:15
10. "MC5"   Weiland, D. DeLeo 2:42
11. "Atlanta"   Weiland, D. DeLeo 5:19
Total length:
42:17

Credits[edit]

Stone Temple Pilots

  • Scott Weiland – vocals, organ on Track 2
  • Dean DeLeo – electric & acoustic guitars, lapsteel on Track 9, 6-string bass on Track 9
  • Robert DeLeo – bass, percussion on tracks 4, 5, guitars on tracks 7, 8, 9, fuzz bass on Track 8, zither on Track 8
  • Eric Kretz – drums, percussion on tracks 6, 11

Additional Personnel

  • Brendan O'Brien – producer, mixing, piano on tracks 8, 9, keyboards on Track 4, percussion on tracks 4, 5, 7, 9, backing vocals on tracks 3, 5, 9
  • Barrett Martin – bass marimba on Track 11
  • Nick DiDia – recording engineer
  • Russ Fowler – recording engineer
  • Dave Reed – engineer
  • Allen Sides – engineer
  • David Campbell – string arrangement on Track 11
  • Suzie Katayama – contractor and cello
  • Joel Derouin – concertmaster
  • Evan Wilson – viola
  • Larry Corbett – cello
  • Charlie Bisharat, Gerry Hilera, Peter Kent – violins
  • Matt Funes – viola
  • Stephen Marcussen – mastering
  • Andrew Garver – digital editing
  • Erin Haley, Cheryl Mondello – production coordinators
  • Richard Bates, Andrea Brooks – art direction
  • Chapman Baehler – photography
  • Steve Stewart – management

Charts[edit]

No. 4 and its singles made several appearances on the North American Billboard charts.

Album[edit]

Year Chart Position
1999 U.S. Billboard 200 6
Canadian RPM Albums Chart 3
Top Internet Albums 1
Top Internet Albums 18

Singles[edit]

Year Single Mainstream Rock Tracks Modern Rock Tracks Adult Top 40 Hot 100 Top 40 Mainstream
1999 "Down" 5 9 107
2000 "Heaven & Hot Rods" 17 30
"No Way Out" 17 24
"Sour Girl" 4 3 37 36 39

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
Canada (Music Canada)[8] Platinum 100,000^
United States (RIAA)[9] Platinum 1,000,000^

References[edit]