No. 4 (album)

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№ 4
A white star
Studio album by
ReleasedOctober 26, 1999
ProducerBrendan O'Brien
Stone Temple Pilots chronology
Tiny Music... Songs from the Vatican Gift Shop
№ 4
Shangri-La Dee Da
Singles from № 4
  1. "Down"
    Released: April 5, 1999
  2. "Sour Girl"
    Released: April 16, 2000
  3. "No Way Out"
    Released: May 2000

No. 4 (officially stylized as № 4) is the fourth studio 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,[4] and by the CRIA in August 2001.[5] 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 Billboard Hot 100, their only song to appear on that chart.[6] The CD was originally released as a digipak, then later changed to a standard jewel case.

Musical style[edit]

No. 4 displays the band returning to the more hard rock-oriented sound of their first two albums. Stephen Thomas Erlewine of 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." Erlewine also commented that No.4 "consolidates all [of STP's] strengths."[3]


Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4/5 stars[3]
Christgau's Consumer Guide(neither)[7]
The Daily VaultB+[8]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music2/5 stars[9]
Entertainment WeeklyC[10]
Rolling Stone3/5 stars[13]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide2.5/5 stars[14]

Allmusic critic Stephen Thomas Erlewine rated the album four out of five stars, praising the opening tracks "Down" and "Heaven & Hot Rods".[3] Entertainment Weekly critic Rob Brunner graded it "C", calling the album "generic and phoned in" and mostly "unexciting and obvious". Brunner deemed the track "Down" as "dour", "No Way Out" as "dated", and "Atlanta" as "pretentious". Brunner further deemed the tracks "Sex & Violence" and "Pruno" as "hardly original" and resemblances to David Bowie but also as "well-crafted".[16] Rolling Stone critic Lorraine Ali rated it three out of five, calling the songs "strong pop-rock pieces but without the self-consciousness of previous efforts".[13] CMJ New Music Monthly critic M. Tye Comer called the album "powerful and cohesive", recommending readers to listen the tracks "Heaven & Hot Rods", "Church on Tuesday", "Sour Girl", and "No Way Out".[17] Critics noted similarities between "Atlanta" and "My Favorite Things" from the 1959 musical The Sound of Music.[18][19]

Album cover[edit]

The cover art for No.4 generated some brief controversy because it strongly resembled the cover of the debut EP from Washington, D.C.-based band Power Lloyd.[20] The Power Lloyd CD Election Day had been released in 1998, and the cover was a white five-point star on a black field under the band’s name; STP's No.4 also featured a white five-point star on a black field under the band’s name.[21] Power Lloyd co-founder Gene Diotalevi explained that after their band had given a song to MTV to be used on the soundtrack of Celebrity Deathmatch, someone at MTV with an advance copy of No.4 noticed that the covers were nearly identical, and alerted the band. Diotalevi stated that no one from STP's camp would return their calls or letters, until his band mailed a cease-and-desist letter to STP's record company. STP's legal team then "made an offer to settle that was unacceptable to us", according to Power Lloyd's lawyer Will Shill.[22]

Track listing[edit]

1."Down"Scott Weiland, Robert DeLeo3:50
2."Heaven & Hot Rods"Weiland, Dean DeLeo3:24
3."Pruno"Weiland, R. DeLeo3:14
4."Church on Tuesday"Weiland, D. DeLeo3:00
5."Sour Girl"Weiland, D. DeLeo4:18
6."No Way Out"Weiland, R. DeLeo, D. DeLeo, Eric Kretz4:20
7."Sex & Violence"Weiland, R. DeLeo2:52
8."Glide"Weiland, R. DeLeo4:59
9."I Got You"Weiland, R. DeLeo4:16
10."MC5"Weiland, D. DeLeo2:42
11."Atlanta"Weiland, D. DeLeo5:19
Total length:42:17
Japanese edition bonus track
12."Down (live)"3:58


Stone Temple Pilots

  • Scott Weiland – vocals, organ on "Heaven & Hot Rods"
  • Dean DeLeo – guitars, acoustic guitar on "I Got You", lapsteel on "I Got You", six-string bass on "I Got You"
  • Robert DeLeo – bass, percussion on "Church on Tuesday" and "Sour Girl", guitars on "Sex & Violence" and "Glide", fuzz bass on "Glide", zither on "Glide", electric guitars on "I Got You"
  • Eric Kretz – drums, percussion on "No Way Out" and "Atlanta"

Additional personnel

  • Brendan O'Brien – producer, mixing, backing vocals on "Pruno" and "I Got You", keyboards on "Church on Tuesday", percussion on "Church on Tuesday", "Sour Girl", "Sex & Violence" and "I Got You", backing vocals on "Sour Girl", piano on "Glide" and "I Got You"
  • David Campbell – string arrangement on "Atlanta"
  • Suzie Katayama – contractor and cello
  • Joel Derouin – concertmaster
  • Evan Wilson – viola
  • Larry Corbett – cello
  • Barrett Martin – bass marimba on "Atlanta"
  • Nick DiDia – recording engineer
  • Russ Fowler – recording engineer
  • Dave Reed – engineer
  • Allen Sides – engineer
  • Stephen Marcussen – mastering
  • Andrew Garver – digital editing
  • Erin Haley – production coordinator
  • Cheryl Mondello – production coordinator
  • Richard Bates – art direction
  • Andrea Brooks – art direction
  • Chapman Baehler – photography
  • Steve Stewart – management


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


Chart (1999-2000) Peak
Australian Albums (ARIA)[23] 21
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[24] 41
Canadian Albums (Billboard)[25] 5
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[26] 33
Scottish Albums (OCC)[27] 82
UK Albums (OCC)[28] 101
UK Rock & Metal Albums (OCC)[29] 4
US Billboard 200[30] 6


Year Single Mainstream Rock Tracks[31] Modern Rock Tracks[32] Adult Top 40[33] Hot 100
1999 "Down" 5 9 107
2000 "Heaven & Hot Rods" 17 30
"No Way Out" 17 24
"Sour Girl" 4 3 37 78[34]


Region Certification Certified units/sales
Canada (Music Canada)[35] Platinum 100,000^
United States (RIAA)[36] Platinum 1,000,000^

^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.

In popular culture[edit]

The album and its entire tracklisting is displayed in S1E7 of HBO's True Detective, during a scene in which Matthew Mcconaughey and Woody Harrelson's characters converse in a diner.[37]


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