|3. Lounge Fly|
|4. Interstate Love Song|
|5. Still Remains|
|6. Pretty Penny|
|7. Silvergun Superman|
|8. Big Empty|
|10. Army Ants|
|11. Kitchenware & Candybars|
The significance of this album is that it shows a band who is no longer just going through the motions, but is actually creating and evolving into true 'songwriters and arraingers'. Each song has it's own character and feel which is almost absent from all other 'Grunge' releases of it's time. They are all unique and diverse, but they don't lose their edge and wit.
The prominent melodic bass lines (Mr DeLeo is very underrated) and unique chord structures (So is the other Mr. DeLeo) are what brings life to these recordings.
STP have always delivered with each album they've released. They are great songwriters, and I feel that this album is the perfect summation of all of their works. Rock, pop/rock, accoustic, funky/groovy, psychadelic... It's all here.
One of the top 10 albums of the 90's!!
All the best, -AndyMan-
author of "A Young Girl's Crimes"
My favorite track is the morbid testament of love that is "Still Remains" although the hits "Vasoline" and "Big Empty" are even better. "Interstate Love Song," probably their biggest hit, is an instant classic. My least favorite is "Pretty Penny," an acoustic number that just doesn't hit the right notes for me, sounding borderline atonal. That's not counting the joke song "12 Gracious Melodies" that closes the album and finds singer Scott Weiland in lounge lizard territory to hilarious effect. All the other songs are top notch heavy rock. STP write (wrote) killer songs and that's what sets them above so many other bands who play this kind of music.
Unfortunately, the band hasn't been able to consistently get it together in subsequent years like they did on PURPLE. Their next album, TINY MUSIC... took some glam turns that were a bit too derivative and unconvincing. Weiland's lyrics got a bit cliched as well. In later years, STP continued to make some great music, but CORE and PURPLE remain their masterpieces.
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