Tiny Music... Songs From the Vatican Gift Shop
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Certified double platinum by the RIAA 5/98
Grunge was the Stone Temple Pilots' stock-in-trade on their first two albums, but Tiny Music takes the group beyond such stylistic limitations. There's still plenty of grinding, metallic alt-rock here, thanks to "Pop's Love Suicide," "Big Bang Baby," and "Trippin' on a Hole in a Paper Heart." "Lady Picture Show" is a bracing blast of Beatlesesque pop, however, while "And So I Know" finds Weiland crooning over, of all things, cocktail jazz. The album's dozen tracks find the troubled singer musing (rather creepily) about the price of fame on "Adhesive" ("Sell more records if I'm dead... Hope it's sooner / Hope it's near corporate records' fiscal year"), and not apologizing for his bad behavior ("Tumble in the Rough" asserts, "I'm looking for a new stimulation"; bet you are, Scott). But they're rock stars, not role models, and Tiny Music is STP's edgiest, most accomplished effort. --Daniel Durchholz
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Don't get me wrong, I love core and purple, but i like them equally as much as tiny music, no.4, and shagri-la dee da. Now down to the actual Tiny Music review.
This is a fantastic, diverse album, that has some of my favorite STP songs ever. Songs like "Tripping on a whole in a paper heart", "Adhesive", and "Tumble in the rough" are amazing STP songs and Weilands singing on tripping sends chills down my back just because of the passion you can hear him putting out. This CD is, in a whole, softer then core, purple, and No.4, in general, but that doesn't mean that it isn't still a fantastic album. When i put it on, i just can't stop it, and pretty much every time i listen to it, i listen to it all the way through.
Now do the right thing and go out and buy this CD, you won't regret it (unless you want to hear the same cds redone over and over and over again).
The band used more of a groovy sound in songs like Press Play, And So I Know, and Art School Girl, some of their catchiest songs ever. Adhesive could be seen as an 'epic' of sorts, for Scott Weiland laments about success and the song is very low-key, with some hints of jazz since they brought in a trumpet player for this song. The band still rocks on many of the songs, but it sounds a lot more confined and a lot more raw than the songs on the two previous albums, and Weiland's vocals are more scratchy on this album as opposed to the strong vocals he used on Core and Purple. Though his addictions were catching up to him.
This album most likely will bewilder fans of the group's heavier sound portrayed on the rest of their albums, but Tiny Music is a very artistic album with many highs, and proved that STP was capable of working w/ many styles of music and succeeding.
Many people consider this STP's true triumph, throwing out their grunge roots and forming a polished album of innovative pop tunes, but for me this was a giant step...well I can't say backwards, but let's say in the "stupid" direction. Scott Weiland has one of the greatest voices of the 90's and if not the best range, but on this album it seems wasted. When I first heard the big single "Big Bang Baby" I seriously could not believe this was STP, this song like many of the others sounds as if Weiland was huffing helium before recording.
To sum it all up, if you are looking for a follow up to Purple or Core or trying to trace the route back from No.4 I'd recommend skipping Tiny Music, to me it was the one pot-hole in the amazing road of STP's career. With 4 albums with broad musical stylings that all leave you gasping for more, this is the album that leaves you wishing they would shut up.
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My husband of 34 years Leonard and I recently got to go to the Holy Land of the Vatican (we didn't make it to the actual Holy Land because of all the Moslem business, but settled... Read morePublished on July 17 2004 by Z. D. Houghton
Cruising around the internet, I've seen numerous reviews dismissing Tiny Music because it sounded "too soft", but when I gave it an honest listen, I didn't find anything... Read morePublished on June 14 2004 by Amazon Customer
The title of the review says enough, in and of itself. Just as good, if not better than their first two. STP is definitely exploring new ground and expanding as a musical force. Read morePublished on May 27 2004
STP was one of the most important grunge metal bands of the early 1990's. They mixed Led Zeppelin style hard rock with the alternative acts of the era. Read morePublished on May 27 2004 by Melting_Pot
STP's two singles that received massive rotation on radio stations ("Trippin' on a Hole" and "Big Bang Baby") are the only reasons to purchase Tiny Music. Read morePublished on May 21 2004
Great album which sometimes gets an undeserved bad rap. This proved that STP was one of the most musically diverse bands the 90's had to offer.Published on Feb. 23 2004
STP here moves entirely toward a more Beatles-esque phase and away from the Zeppelin-influenced domination. Read morePublished on Feb. 14 2004 by John Jefferson
Why does everyone say this sounds nothing like the old stuff and COMPLAIN about it?? That is the one thing I LOVED about this cd... Read morePublished on Dec 9 2003 by Michael Minutaglio