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).
Yes, there are some good tracks, like "Pop suicide" and "adhesive" but even the high-lights of the album don't have any real staying power. I am sick of every last track on the set, but I still listen to "Core" and "Purple" tracks fairly regularly. Scott's voice sounds less like an alternative front-man and more like a chipmunk. Most of the guitar work through the album also seems to have superfluous treble, like a "pop" album.
Perhaps I am too cynical. I don't know. But if you are going for the classics, stay with the first two records when they were still house-hold names with bands like Pearl Jam and Alice in Chains before they too started releasing albums that showed all too obviously their lack of ideas that caused them to fade from popularity. Core and Purple will do the trick. This one and No. 4 will not.
This album happens to have it's moments in other spots, too. "Big Bang Baby" has an awesome sound and is one of STP's most original tunes yet. And for the album. There are the laid back, Beatlesque tracks like "And So I Know", as well as the punk-influenced "Tumble In the Rough" which failed any radio attention, but I don't care because it's my favorite track of this album. There is also the melodic "Lady Picture Show" which I only recommend because of the great guitars on the song. Also, it's very melodic. "Trippin' On A Hole in a Paper Heart" sounds like the angriest song on here, as it seems that Scott may sound like he wants to be left alone, with the line "I am I am I said I'm not myself, I'm not dead and I'm not myself". From this I could tell that he wasn't impressed with the stuff he was sentenced from. Despite it, if you like 70's-like fast stuff, this is for you.
On the other hand, there's the somewhat jazz-ish "Adhesive Love" which isn't too great. It's repetitive at best.
The other songs are lukewarm to decent. The song "Love Pop Suicide" isn't that great at all. It's got no real hook. On the ohter hand, there's "Art School Girl", which poses the first STP novelty. It is enjoyable towards the second time it gets to the "I told you five or four times" chorus to the bridge of the song. The rest is average.Read more ›
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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 Devan Gill
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