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  • Audio CD (March 26 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Atlantic
  • ASIN: B000002J8M
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 105 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #22,540 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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1. Press Play
2. Pop's Love Suicide
3. Tumble In The Rough
4. Big Bang Baby
5. Lady Picture Show
6. And So I Know
7. Trippin' On A Hole In A Paper Heart
8. Art School Girl
9. Adhesive
10. Ride The Cliche
11. Daisy
12. Seven Caged Tigers

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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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By A Customer on Dec 30 2003
Format: Audio CD
bother reading the one star reviews written by closed minded morons who like bands that put out the same garbage over and over and over again. When i see people talking badly about tiny music because "it's no core or purple, those were good STP albums" it really angers me. If STP had put out 5 albums that all sounded like core and purple, then people would be writing reviews saying "it sounds just like all of their other albums."
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).
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I am going to plagerize another reviewer who had the same ideas that I did about this album. So, I'll say it just as he did... "First, I AM an STP fan." I've been to their concert (which actually was to promote this CD). My friends and I once buried a "Core" CD that stopped working because we believed it inhumane to simple "through away" an album of such raw musical genious. But this album is really, really crummy.
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.
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First of all, let me say I am not writing this to aid you in your buying decision-I am writing it so that I may give some small amount of thanks to STP for blessing me with this musical gem. If there is only one album you should own, this is it. Unfortunately, with your first listen you will not believe me, I wouldn't have. Initially I was highly disappointed with this album, and went back to listening to the tried and true Purple and Core albums. However, I decided to give it a try just one more time one day and listened to it all the way through. After giving it a fair chance and actually listening to the songs, rather than dismissing it b/c it was "different" I became absolutely hooked. I have been listening to this album for one year and for the first 4 months it was the only CD I would touch, it made everything else sound horrible in contrast. Its feel ranges from a grinding, punkish sound in songs like "Big Bang Baby" and "Trippin' on a Hole in a Paper Heart," but the album smoothely progresses into soothing melodies like "adhesive" and "campfire girls" and ultimately culminates with indescribable masterpiece, and my favorite song of all time, "7 caged tigers." I am a different person after this album, it has gotten me through many a tough time...
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I bought this because their other stuff rocks! Many songs are good, but some of it seems like filler. I bet some of it had to do with Weiland's drug addictions, but most songs are pretty good. Somehow it's the instrumentals "Press Play" and "Daisy" that I love so much. But you can't go wrong with Robert and Dean DeLeo's bass and guitar (respectively) work. "Daisy" is completely a guitar track.
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.
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