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Core

Review Certified Multi-Platinum (8 times) by the RIAA. (4/02)
Purple

Review Though lambasted in some quarters as cynical clones of the then-vaunted "Seattle sound" (in particular, Alice in Chains and Pearl Jam) STP's 1993 debut nonetheless found a considerable following for its potent crunch and sly hooks. While some tracks do seem to ape the era's grunge ethos a bit too slavishly, there's also a sense that perhaps Weiland and company were merely sharing some of the same influences as their contemporaries--and on standouts like the riff-savvy "Sex Type Thing" and the moody acoustics of "Creep", accomplishing it with a bit more ambitious range. Indeed, the radio anthem "Crush" belies a devotion to songcraft disdained by many of their peers, one that served as an effective bridge between the stadium rock of the '70s and '80s and the more introspective alt-rock just then coming into vogue--even if the album's triple-platinum sales showed just how ironic and misplaced the "alternative" label could ultimately be. --Jerry McCulley
Dirt

Review Certified Multi-Platinum (6 times) by the RIAA. (1/01)
Ten

Review 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
Tiny Music...Songs From The Vatican Gift Shop

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  • Stone Temple Pilots released their debut album in September 1992. The album, Core is now a classic, featuring such music/video favorites as "Sex Type Thing," "Plush" and "Wicked Garden."
  • Purple, the band's second album, was released in June 1994 and entered the Billboard Top 200 at #1, where is remained for three straight weeks. Purple contains giants such as "Vasoline," "Interstate Love Song" and "Big Empty."
  • Tiny Music...Songs From The Vatican Gift Shop was released in March 1996 and debuted Top 5. The band's third album includes the hits "Big Bang Baby" and "Lady Picture Show."
  • 1997 and 1998 saw the Pilots involved in various extracurricular activities: Talk Show, a project that includes Dean and Robert; and Scott released his solo album 12 Bar Blues.
  • October 1999 saw the release of No. 4, which yielded the hits "Down" and "Sour Girl." Shangri-La Dee Da followed in 2001.
  • RIAA certifications include: Core 7x-platinum; Purple 5x-platinum; Tiny Music... Songs From The Vatican Gift Shop 2x-platinum; No. 4 1x-platinum. Other honors for the band over the years include a Grammy for "Best Hard Rock Performance With Vocal" for "Plush," two American Music Awards, one Billboard Music Award, two Billboard Video Awards, and an MTV Video Music Award.

  • Thank You

    Review 2013 five CD set containing a quintet of albums from the Grunge/Alt Rockers, each housed in a miniature LP sleeve. Includes the albums Core (1992), Purple (1994), Tiny Music ... Songs From The Vatican Gift Shop (1996), No 4 (1999) and Shangri-La Dee Da (2001).
    No. 4

    Review NEW Combo BLUWAVS CD and FLAC FILE
    Facelift

    Review This fine band's powerful music has been often overshadowed by singer Scott Weiland's well-documented drug and legal troubles. Not to mention that STP's 1992 debut, Core, was dismissed by critics as "Seattle lite." Nonetheless, STP has managed to make four noteworthy albums, No. 4 being the latest in their solid and cohesive body of work. No. 4 is not groundbreaking, but the quartet's aggressive, dynamic hard rock is emotion-packed and timeless. Not as hit-heavy as its predecessors, No. 4 is nevertheless strong and diverse. On the gentler side, there's the lilting '60s-influenced "I Got You" and "Atlanta," which is almost Doors-like in its dreamy mood. Heavier fare includes the midtempo heavy riffing opener "Down" and the winning but not-so-subtly titled "Sex and Violence," which matches an aggressive, linear feel with a cool punk vibe. At 42 minutes, the only thing wrong with No. 4 is that there's not enough of it. --Katherine Turman
    Nevermind

    Review Atlantic recording group Stone Temple Pilots has announced the upcoming release of their hugely anticipated new album. 'STONE TEMPLE PILOTS' - the Grammy Award-winning band's first all-new collection in close to a decade - will arrive in stores and at all online retailers around the globe on May 25th. Produced by Stone Temple Pilots and mixed by Chris Lord-Alge (Green Day, Dave Matthews Band, My Chemical Romance), 'STONE TEMPLE PILOTS' sees one of rock's biggest bands continuing to explore their enduring approach to music - melding big rock riffs, classic pop hooks, and the restless experimentalism of glam, punk, and psychedelia. Stone Temple Pilots - Scott Weiland, Dean DeLeo, Robert DeLeo, and Eric Kretz - will introduce fans to the new album at their first live date of 2010, performing as part of the annual South By Southwest (SXSW) Music Festival in Austin, Texas. The show - slated for Thursday, March 18th at the famed Austin Music Hall, and presented by StubHub, the world's largest ticket marketplace - kicks off an extensive worldwide 2010 schedule for STP, with U.S. dates, radio festivals, and a European tour slated to follow. A full-scale North American summer tour will also be announced in the coming weeks.
    Superunknown [Remastered]

    Review Stone Temple Pilots Tiny Music... Songs From The Vatican Gift Shop German CD album
    Alice In Chains

    Review 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
    Purple

    Review Filmed at a sold out Riviera Theatre in Chicago in March 2010, Alive In The Windy City is the first Stone Temple Pilots live concert to be authorized for video release. The band are in top form and the show both looks and sounds spectacular. The concert was held shortly before the release of their recent Stone Temple Pilots album and the tracklisting combines new songs interspersed with their classic hits. This is a great live concert by one of the most successful rock acts of the last twenty years./ Line-up: Scott Weiland (lead vocals), Robert DeLeo (bass), Dean DeLeo (guitars), Eric Kretz (drums). / Track Listing: 1) Vasoline 2) Crackerman 3) Wicked Garden 4) Hollywood Bitch 5) Between The Lines 6) Hickory Dichotomy 7) Big Empty 8) Sour Girl 9) Creep 10) Plush 11) Interstate Love Song 12) Bagman 13) Huckleberry Crumble 14) Sex Type Thing 15) Dead And Bloated 16) Lounge Fly 17) Piece Of Pie 18) Trippin On A Hole In A Paper Heart
    Core

    Review Shangri-LA DEE DA by Stone Temple Pilots

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    Tiny Music...Songs From The Vatican Gift Shop

    Review Shangri-La Dee Da may not be STP's most commercial outing, but the disc's 13 tracks comprise a satisfying aural journey despite its lack of quick-fix hits along the lines of "Sex Type Thing" and "Wicked Garden." From the dark, grinding rhythms and obfuscated vocals of "Dumb Love" to the lovely "Wonderful" to the buoyant power pop of "Days of the Week" to the edgy and disturbing "Coma," myriad facets of the lineup's musical temperament are explored. "Bi-Polar Bear" hints at STP's humor, though Shangri-La is by no means lightweight; singer Scott Weiland's passionate and personal lyrics--especially on a touching ode to his infant son, "A Song for Sleeping"--are affecting and apt. The fifth outing from this California crew who've survived grunge and thrived in its aftermath is masterful and mature effort from a band who've spied some light at the end of their tunnel. --Katherine Turman
    No. 4

    Review High Rise is the 2013 Stone Temple Pilots EP featuring Chester Bennington of Linkin Park on vocals, and includes the # 1 hit at both Active Rock and Mainstream Rock radio, "Out Of Time."
    Thank You

    Review Certified Multi-Platinum (8 times) by the RIAA. (4/02)
    Dirt

    Review Though lambasted in some quarters as cynical clones of the then-vaunted "Seattle sound" (in particular, Alice in Chains and Pearl Jam) STP's 1993 debut nonetheless found a considerable following for its potent crunch and sly hooks. While some tracks do seem to ape the era's grunge ethos a bit too slavishly, there's also a sense that perhaps Weiland and company were merely sharing some of the same influences as their contemporaries--and on standouts like the riff-savvy "Sex Type Thing" and the moody acoustics of "Creep", accomplishing it with a bit more ambitious range. Indeed, the radio anthem "Crush" belies a devotion to songcraft disdained by many of their peers, one that served as an effective bridge between the stadium rock of the '70s and '80s and the more introspective alt-rock just then coming into vogue--even if the album's triple-platinum sales showed just how ironic and misplaced the "alternative" label could ultimately be. --Jerry McCulley
    Alice In Chains

    Review Certified Multi-Platinum (6 times) by the RIAA. (1/01)
    Jar Of Flies

    Review 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
    Facelift

    Review
  • Stone Temple Pilots released their debut album in September 1992. The album, Core is now a classic, featuring such music/video favorites as "Sex Type Thing," "Plush" and "Wicked Garden."
  • Purple, the band's second album, was released in June 1994 and entered the Billboard Top 200 at #1, where is remained for three straight weeks. Purple contains giants such as "Vasoline," "Interstate Love Song" and "Big Empty."
  • Tiny Music...Songs From The Vatican Gift Shop was released in March 1996 and debuted Top 5. The band's third album includes the hits "Big Bang Baby" and "Lady Picture Show."
  • 1997 and 1998 saw the Pilots involved in various extracurricular activities: Talk Show, a project that includes Dean and Robert; and Scott released his solo album 12 Bar Blues.
  • October 1999 saw the release of No. 4, which yielded the hits "Down" and "Sour Girl." Shangri-La Dee Da followed in 2001.
  • RIAA certifications include: Core 7x-platinum; Purple 5x-platinum; Tiny Music... Songs From The Vatican Gift Shop 2x-platinum; No. 4 1x-platinum. Other honors for the band over the years include a Grammy for "Best Hard Rock Performance With Vocal" for "Plush," two American Music Awards, one Billboard Music Award, two Billboard Video Awards, and an MTV Video Music Award.


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