In retrospect, 'Purple' is the most unique album to come out of the grunge period. It has style, hard rocking riffs, great melodies, sing-a-long lyrics, and on top of that a very diverse/ecclectic collection of well recorded, wonderfully crafted songs.
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-