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Certified Multi-Platinum (6 times) by the RIAA. (1/01)
Having scored a massive hit with their debut album, Core, Stone Temple Pilots returned to the same sludge-filled well for Purple, only to come up with an album that's harder, more concise, and filled with thunderous, punishing riffs. Headbangers will rejoice over the grinding guitars of "Meatplow," "Vasoline," "Lounge Fly," and "Unglued," but the album reveals far more than one dimension. They back off the throttle for the hushed (though still intense) "Pretty Penny," "Big Empty" puts a respectable spin on the phrase "power ballad," and the catchy, hook-filled "Interstate Love Song" asserts itself as one of the most memorable alt-rock singles of the '90s. --Daniel Durchholz
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The critics this time were fairly right. With the exception of the four singles (Wicked Garden, Sex Type Thing, Creep, and Plush), which stand as some of the very best songs of the early 1990s and as important as anything Nirvana, Pearl Jam, and the other grungies were doing at the time. These tracks were tempered with melodicism, heavy-hitting music, and a great acoustic sound which rivals even Alice in Chains (who I believe has the best acoustic sound of any of the grunge heavy weights).
PURPLE is miles ahead of their debut. While they still retain the trademark sludge of grunge, they temper it greatly and vary things up enough to make their sound much more interesting, and in the process give the other grunge bands a run for their money.
Of course, recrafting your sound does not make the new record any better than the old one unless you have songs to go along with it (Sixteen Stone vs. Razorblade Suitcase). This is where PURPLE shines. As far as I'm concerned this record plays like a greatest hits record, or a compilation of essential early 1990s tracks. Without exception, every song on here is as good as the singles I cited from CORE.Read more ›
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-
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.
1. Meat Plow-One of the harder songs here, a good opener. When I first heard this song I didn't like it, but it kind of grows on you. Get's a 9 out of 10.
2. Vasoline-One of the two singles, pretty good, chatchy, but not one of my favorites. To be truthful, I never quite understood what it was supposed to be about. Get's a 8.5.
3. Lounge Fly-The 'grungiest' song on the alblum. One of my favorites, when I was 14 I used to love to play it loud and watch my mom turn red at the use of the 'F word'. Ah, the wonders of youth. It's cool how it goes from hard to soft. 9.5.
4. Interstate Love Song-The other single, an interesting song, one of the softer ones, it's almost countryish. I have to admit I'm rather fond of this one, I got my first kiss listening to it. Kind of ironic, since it's more of a goddbye song. 9.5.
5. Still Remains-Never liked this song, I always thought Weiland's voice sounded too twangy, like he was trying to do a crossover to country. Plus, it's just a little to soppy, "take a bath, I'll drink the water that you leave" is just a bit, well, not my style. 5.0.
6. Pretty Penny-Always hated this song, just somehow doesn't it with everything else. 3.0.
7. Silver Gun Superman-My favorite song, it's mean, hard and great. The vocals, guitar, drums, everthing is just great. 10.0.
8. Big Empty-A great love song, I love how it goes from soft and slow to heavier and faster. A really fun, uplifting song, one of my favorites. 9.5.
9. Unglued-I could never quite figure out why, but I love this song. There's just something really cool about it. 9.5.
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Love STP. But man what a poor quality recording. Label in the centre was not centered at all and wrinkled. The recording was muffled throughout. Quite disappointed. Read morePublished 11 days ago by jayson costain
Great album but came damaged, scuff on lead out causes the record to skip. Very disappointing.Published 4 months ago by Pen Name
Thank goodness this LP was re-issued. I've probably played it 50 times since I got it, as I'd not sat down to listen to it for many a moon. A masterpiece, pure & simple.Published on Feb. 6 2014 by Old Rusty
This is the best album I have ever listened to. It's not often that I find a CD where every single track is GREAT (not just good)...but this is it! Read morePublished on June 29 2004