Purpleby Stone Temple Pilots
Stone Temple Pilots had hits with Core, but they got no respect. They suffered a barrage of savage criticism and it must have hurt, since their second effort seems a conscious effort to distinguish themselves as a band not indebted to grunge. That didn't get them anywhere, as they were attacked as viciously as before, but Purple is nevertheless a quantum leap over their debut, showcasing a band hitting its stride. They still aren't much for consistency, and there's more than a fair share of filler over this album's "12 Gracious Melodies." Still, this filler isn't cut-rate grunge, as it was on the debut; it has its own character, heavily melodic and slightly psychedelic. That's a fair assessment of the hits, as well, but there's a difference there -- namely, expert song and studiocraft. Yes, they were considerably more mainstream than their peers, but time has proven that that's their primary charm, since they were unafraid to temper their grunge with big arena hooks and swirling melodies. It works particularly well on the tight, concise "Vasoline" and the acoustic-based "Pretty Penny," but it really shines on the record's two masterpieces, "Big Empty" and "Interstate Love Song." "Big Empty" is ominous and foreboding, yet remains anthemic, a perfect encapsulation of mainstream alienation that is surpassed only by "Interstate Love Song," a concise epic as alluring as the open highway. These two songs are so good (really, mainstream hard rock didn't get better than these two cuts) that the unevenness of the rest of the record is all the more frustrating, but the filler here is better than before -- and those singles are proof positive that STP was the best straight-ahead rock singles outfit of their time.
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Performance CreditsStone Temple Pilots Primary Artist
Dean DeLeo Acoustic Guitar,Percussion,Drums,Electric Guitar
Robert DeLeo Bass,Guitar,Percussion
Eric Kretz Percussion,Drums
Paul Leary Guitar,Percussion,Mellotron
Scott Weiland Guitar,Percussion,Vocals
Technical CreditsDean DeLeo Composer
Robert DeLeo Composer
Nick DiDia Engineer
Eric Kretz Composer
Brendan O'Brien Producer,Engineer
Dale Sizer Illustrations
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stone temple pilots are so good and interstate love song is the BEST!!!
''Purple'' is the Messiah of STP's work. This album is simply brilliant. I don't know how STP could have possibly made it better. With the exception of 'Pretty Penny', this CD is beyond all expectations of any modern rock band out there. If only STP's other albums could be this great. You know what? Just think for a moment if they WERE...STP could then quite possibly be considered one of the greatest rock bands ever. Unfortunately, ''Purple'' is the best thing going for STP, as their other albums are not much to write about. Do yourself a favor and go out and buy this album, trust me. If you have any doubts of STP's songwriting abilities just because you happened to listen to 'No.4' or 'Tiny Music...' first, your dead wrong. STP DOES have at least some skills.
Let's get one thing straight, I am a metalhead but I've always like Stone Temple Pilots, Soundgarden, and Alice In Chains... Now the reason why I've always liked STP is becuase they were different, it's not like they were trying to be "Grunge-posers", or whatever those dudes of the press calls them, they didn't know and it totally rocks, Core was my all time favorite album, but when I came across Purple, Core was no longer my favorite, instead of just changing and trying to sound way different, Scott Weiland and the crew just expanded and deepened the core sound and did more guitar solos, which makes Purple far more better than Core....
There isn't a weak track on this CD. Even the throwaway tune attached to "Kitchenware and Candy bars" is amusing. Two of their best tunes are here. "Big Empty" and "Interstate Love Song" as well as the under appreciated "Pretty Penny". The single "Vasoline" is also a fave. Round out with the punch of "Meat Plow" "Silvergun Superman" and "Unglued" and you have their best early material.
It has been some years since I have listened through a Stone Temple Pilots album. I lost the 2 that I had some time ago, and it has been years since I had listened through one of there albums, though I continued to hear various songs on the radio here and there. I have though, as of late, been trying to dig back into some of the classic prog/alternative/grunge rock bands that I listened to a lot of back during my high school years, starting first with early Foo Fighters, followed by good 'ol STP...and then onto great names in rock like Pearl Jam, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Nirvana, Soundgarden, Alice in Chains, etc. After listening through this album again, I realized how good STP was, and how much I missed there music, and have dedicated myself to collecting up the other of their albums that I also remember really enjoying, Core and No. 4. They also have an awesome greatest hits that contains most all of their essential hits, and would be a good place for any STP newcomer to start at, though it lacks one awesome hit song, Dead and Bloated, which can be found on Core. Beyond that though, it seems to be an awesome greatest hits album, and would be a good place to start if you're new to STP, but I would also recommend checking out this album, No. 4, and Core. The song Bar Fly has a bit of unwanted language in it that could have done without, but I can't dock it just for a few words. Beyond that however, Purple is an amazing album. I remember seeing these guys once some years back, with The Red Hot Chili Peppers, (who are also a good, classic band), and thought the Chili Peppers were the headlining band, STP played them under the table. I like the Chili Peppers, don't get me wrong, but I think they were just having an off night or something. STP were more energized than the Chili Peppers that night and played a bit better. Chili Peppers are still a great band though, so check them out too. But yeah, if you are into alternative/grunge rock stuff, and aren't that familiar with STP, check this CD and others out. Below are 2 other albums by them and a few other groups that I recommend checking out also.