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  • Audio CD (Oct. 21 1992)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Atlantic
  • ASIN: B000002IU3
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  DVD Audio  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 171 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #10,377 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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1. Dead And Bloated
2. Sex Type Thing
3. Wicked Garden
4. No Memory
5. Sin
6. Naked Sunday
7. Creep
8. Piece Of Pie
9. Plush
10. Wet My Bed
11. Crackerman
12. Where The River Goes

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Certified Multi-Platinum (8 times) by the RIAA. (4/02)


Though lambasted in some quarters as cynical clones of the then-vaunted "Seattle sound" (in particular, Alice in Chains and Pearl Jam) STP's 1993 debut nonetheless found a considerable following for its potent crunch and sly hooks. While some tracks do seem to ape the era's grunge ethos a bit too slavishly, there's also a sense that perhaps Weiland and company were merely sharing some of the same influences as their contemporaries--and on standouts like the riff-savvy "Sex Type Thing" and the moody acoustics of "Creep", accomplishing it with a bit more ambitious range. Indeed, the radio anthem "Crush" belies a devotion to songcraft disdained by many of their peers, one that served as an effective bridge between the stadium rock of the '70s and '80s and the more introspective alt-rock just then coming into vogue--even if the album's triple-platinum sales showed just how ironic and misplaced the "alternative" label could ultimately be. --Jerry McCulley

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Core IS the textbook role model to follow for struggling, novice musicians who aspire to be recognized and make an impact from, what was theretofore, obscure oblivion. All measures that any band could strive for to single-handedly excel in the most serious areas of an impacting band have been skillfully and naturally satisfied by S.T.P. in their attention-grabbing debut. S.T.P, at the recording of this cd, might not have even remarked that their beginner's attempt would sound like a band in its prime. Factors that establish any band as dominant, which were present at the onset of their career, are intimidating, barking vocals; furious drumming; energy unleashed on each song; soaring guitar work; and the most important element: hostile, macabre themes complemented by turbulent beats and riffs. This is unprecedented output from guys who were in their mid-20's, except for old guy Dean DeLeo. Core, along with Purple, is S.T.P's greatest work achieved.
Every song exudes earth-shattering, ear-breaking pounding, a staple for grunge afficianados. It doesn't succumb to today's basest, loser bands' standards of jumbling together asinine lyrics and thinking with unrefined instruments abused to the highest setting. Though Weiland's lyrics are more-often-than-not nonsensical (like including clashing statements in one sentence), and sometimes a hard dilemma to figure out what mystery he's pertaining to, enough trickles through to appreciate the effort that went into the seemingly retarded lyrics. The lyrics may as well be considered poetry, since in poetry, the often perverse authors also resort to including enigmatic, difficult-to-understand, clashing ideas, which are supposed to symbolize some self-righteous meaning.
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This is one of the very best albums I have ever heard. Its by far the best from the Stone Temple Pilots! STP are the best band out of the grunge movement. This album was the first and best. Scotts voice, performance and lyrics are all amazing. Deans guitar is killer and Robert and Erics rythm is tighter then it ever was again.
This album is full of most of the Stone Temple Pilots biggest hits. The album starts off with the classic 'Dead & Bloated' which is the perfect track to open with. Then its right into the absolutly killer 'Sex Type Thing' which is just classic. 'Whicked Garden' Is another killer classic . 'No Memory' is a not so good instrumental. 'Sin' is a great hard rock song. 'Naked Sunday' is different but its still pretty good for a almost funk song. 'Creep' is just a great acoustic song that still played on the radio today. 'Piece Of Pie' is one of the best songs on the album its hard, heavy and fast. 'Plush' is probly the reason your looking at this album its a pure classic. 'Wet My Bed' sucks there is no nice way to put it. 'Crackerman' is another STP classic that is still all over ther radio. 'Where The River Goes' is a perfect song that goes in so many differnt directions, and then ends wear it began.
If you love rock then you will love this album, like I said before this is one of the very best albums I have ever heard, its easily in the top twenty albums of all time.
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Initially tagged as Pearl Jam clones Stone Temple Pilots eventually went on to sell millions and earn atleast a little more respect from critics.

As I said, Stone Temple Pilots debut album Core was initially greeted with bad reviews as critics dismissed the Pilots as merely a Pearl Jam ripoff. I on the other hand wish to say ...just listen to the damn songs ....like the critics should have. The proof is in the pudding as they say. There is no denying the power of songs like "Plush","Sex Type Thing" or "Creep". A great song is a great song comparisons aside. Plain and simple I think Core is one of the greatest albums of the nineties and I think "Plush" is one of the decade's strongest and most memorable songs along with a few of the bands later songs like "Interstate Love Song" and "Vaseline".
Brendan O' Brien's production is nothing short of masterful as always.The fact that O' Brien produced Pearl Jam aswell probably didn't help the bands view from critics. It may explain some of the bands similarities however ....then again O' Brien also produced Aerosmith's Get A Grip album which sounds nothing like Pearl Jam ...so it's up to you really. The band itself was in top form churning out the most consistent effort of their career. Some would argue that Purple or Tiny Music is Stp's finest album but for the most part Core is regarded as the band's finest moment.
Unfortunatly the Pilots have called it quits but I think Weiland has joined an even more talented band in Velvet Revolver containing three former members of Guns N Roses in Duff Mckagan, Matt Sorum and ofcourse the top hatted one himself Slash.Look for their debut album in coming months.
Core is a must have for all of those who like their rock a little grungy.
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Core (1992.) Stone Temple Pilots' first album.
In the late eighties and early nineties, the music industry underwent a radical change. While hair metal and new wave ruled the eighties, alternative/grunge rock quickly became the dominant musical style in the nineties. A number of bands were changing the way music was done. Among them were Nirvana, Alice In Chains, Nine Inch Nails, and of course, The Stone Temple Pilots. For over a decade the band has been delivering some of the finest alternative rock out there. But how does their 1992 debut album measure up? Read on and find out.
A band's debut album can be one of two things - It can either be a desperate cry for help that the artist needs to find a sound, or a masterpiece of an album that captures that artist in their prime. For the most part, STP's first album is the latter. The band doesn't waste any time getting right down to the good stuff. Dead And Bloated, Sex Type Thing, and Wicked Garden, the album's first three tracks, are grunge rock masterpieces that still get radio play, even to this day. It's no surprise that these songs became some of the band's biggest hits. One of the band's more interesting tracks, Plush, also appears here. This is an interesting track in that is fuses elements of hard alternative rock with more melodic stylings. Not surprisingly, it has also become a big hit. Another big hit the band scored on this album is Creep. This is gloomy melodic rock the way it was meant to be heard. In my opinion, it's the finest track on the album. However, like any band, there's a good deal more to STP than just their big hits. Every track on this album is excellent. Don't let the rating of four out of five fool you - this is an excellent album that belongs in the collection of any fan of nineties alternative rock.
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