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Album Review

Purple established that Stone Temple Pilots were not one-album wonders but Tiny Music...Songs from the Vatican Gift Shop illustrates that the band aren't content with resting on their laurels. Without abandoning their trademark hard rock, STP have added a new array of sounds that lend depth to their immediately accessible hooks. Dean DeLeo layers his guitar tracks to create distinctive, multi-textured sounds that make his riffs more powerful. Though there are hints of grunge scattered throughout the album, what makes Tiny Music impressive is how the band brings in elements of psychedelia, trancy shoegaze, jangle pop, and other forms of melodic alternative guitar pop. By accentuating their pop tendencies in both their riffs and melodies, they are able to slip in a number of creative arrangements which manage to expand their musical repertoire significantly. Although the lyrics are nearly as ambitious as the music, they simply don't have the same weight. But with a band like Stone Temple Pilots, the music is what matters and Tiny Music showcases the band at their most tuneful and creative.

Customer Reviews

The DeLeo's shine

One of the most underrated albums of all time.


The 12th song on the album is clearly Seven Caged Tigers and not Seven Chaged Tigers... And it is one of their best songs that they have released so far.

People should take the time to listen to an album, without expectations

I think if people approached this album (in '96 and in '10) without any preconceived notions, they would see how great it really is. I really feel that this album pushed STP into creating their own individual iconic sound that defined albums like No.4 and Shangri-La-De-Da. I for one, love STP's first two albums, but they are honestly just serving to cater to the sound of the times -- grunge rock. STP really comes into their own on Tiny Music, and for that reason, they are charged with much criticism. The songs on Tiny Music are well crafted, and Scott's lyrics are tremendously moving. He is clearly a man who is cataloguing his losing battle with drug addiction, broken relationships, and an industry that cares not for his personal well-being. I truly feel that the latest STP release is more in the vein of this record and Shangri-La, than any of the other albums. I can't find a bad cut on this record. My advice to those interested in STP -- this may be their finest release, in addition to Purple and No.4!


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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