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Album Review

While Stone Temple Pilots may not be sincere alternative rockers, they do know how to write a killer riff, which is why their debut album sold nearly as many copies as Pearl Jam. Admittedly, STP can sound like either Pearl Jam ("Plush"), Alice in Chains ("Sex Type Thing" and "Wicked Garden"), Soundgarden ("Dead & Bloated"), or even R.E.M. ("Creep"), depending on their mood, but their hooks are undeniably catchy, making the songs much better than they have any right to be. In fact, Stone Temple Pilots appear to be the hard rock arena act for the 1990s, and that's a compliment.

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Easily one of the best albums of the 90's

This album is flawless from beginning to end. Anyone who says that STP are "Pearl Jam" copycats is an idiot. This band's sound is much heavier and at times much faster. Tracks like "Wicked Garden" and "Sex Type Thing" are incredibly satisfying songs that make you want to headbang and the slow and melodic tunes such as "Creep" and "plush" send chills down your spine. Also a special mention "Piece of Pie", a heavy songs that should have gotten more recognition and a shout out to how "No Memory" becomes the perfect intro to "Sin". This album fits perfectly into the grunge scene of the early ninties.

Brilliant to the Core

I was in college the fist time I heard Stone Temple Pilots - it was the video for "Sex Type Thing" and I wasn't really impressed. They seemed like a second-rate rip-off of a Seattle grunge band. It was a year or two later before I heard the rest of that debut album at a party, and I was pleasantly surprised to find that it really rocked. It seemed like every party I went to that summer, I would hear "Dead & Bloated," "Plush," and "Wet My Bed/Crackerman," and I loved it. Core just had a heaviness to it that combined with some great melodies to make a fantastic album. None of their follow-up efforts matched up, in my opinion.
Fave Moment: I have no idea what "I am smelling like a rose that somebody gave me on my birthday deathbed" means, but it sure sounds cool coming from a megaphone to introduce the album and the a**-kickin' "Dead & Bloated."

Core is Awesome

Whoever wrote the album review, is an idiot.


Formed: 1992 in Los Angeles, CA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Stone Temple Pilots were able to turn alternative rock into stadium rock; naturally, they became the most critically despised band of their era. Accused by many critics of being nothing more than ripoff artists who pilfered from Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, and Alice in Chains, the bandmates nevertheless became major stars in 1993. And the influence of those bands was apparent in their music, although Stone Temple Pilots did manage to change things around a bit. STP were more concerned with tight song...
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