This is an extremely well written review. As someone else who grew up in the 90's when STP was burning up rock radio, I agree with everything you said.
I thought the album itself was...er...surprisingly better than the drug binged trainwreck I thought it would be. Nowhere near a Top 50 AOTY but loads more enjoyable than what I was anticipating.
jesus man, how do you enjoy the music that you have if you listen to at least 50 new records a year?! You're not a music reviewer are you???