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Stone Temple Pilots

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Year of Release: 1992

track listing
  • Dead And Bloated
  • Sex Type Thing
  • Wicked Garden
  • No Memory
  • Sin
  • Naked Sunday
  • Creep
  • Piece Of Pie
  • Plush
  • Wet My Bed
  • Crackerman
  • Where The River Goes

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    In the early 1990s, the Seattle grunge movement was in full swing, marking Alternative Rock music as a dynamic source in popular music. Bands such as Nirvana, and Pearl Jam were dominating the new sound, and many bands would follow. Such a band came out of San Diego, Stone Temple Pilots, and still recording today, their hard-rock sound is definitely attention-getting, and will give your ears a hefty listen.

    The band's debut, Core, was released in 1992, and became one of the most popular albums of the year. And this album is a force to be reckoned with. STP would join the ranks of being one of the popular bands in the category of Alternative Rock.

    The first three songs definitely grabs your attention, with its hard-rock driving force and lyrics: "Dead And Bloated," "Sex Type Thing," and "Wicked Garden". One thing to mention, that with the hard-driving force of music STP displays, reading the lyrics to the songs does help, where in most cases you may not easily recognize them while listening. The first three songs tell the stories of self-esteem, date rape, and self-finding. The lyrics are blunt, and easily fits the hard-driving music.

    "No Memory" seems to quiet down the atmosphere (similiar to the soothing numbers Black Sabbath would feature on their albums, and being short instrumentals), yet it merges into another hard-driving song, "Sin" which easily compares to Pearl Jam, with its hard-rock, in your face, sound.

    And speaking of soothing, "Naked Sunday" calms the nerves with its easy sound, which could be compared to Nirvana's "All Apologies," yet more less-uptempo; likewise its accoustic sound could also be compared to The Black Crowes. This song is a great one, and not too bad on the ears either.

    "Creep" returns with the hard-driving guitar sound, and again, Pearl Jam comes to mind on this one, especially comparing songs from Pearl Jam's debut, Ten. Core's most popular song, "Plush" is one of the greatest Alternative Rock songs ever recorded. Easily compared to Pearl Jam as well, Stone Temple Pilots have succeeded with their songs to become another top rock band in the category of Grunge, and especially Alternative Rock.

    One of the most haunting "tunes" is "Wet My Bed." More of a spoken word track, the title alone is haunting, and we'll just leave it at that, being short of 2 minutes in length.

    "Crackerman" and the album's closing tune, "Where The River Goes" returns again to the STP sound they are famous for: Alternative guitar-driven, hard-rock.

    Back in the 1950s the new sound was Rock and Roll, as Elvis Presley triggered the new form of music full-tilt, and many older people were offended by it. We could say the same when The Beatles arrived in the 1960s, and in the 1970s, Hard-Rock was becoming more popular with the likes of Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath. In the 1980s, Punk would enlighten some, and disappoint the rest. Again, it was a breath of fresh air for music fans, and new chapters were born in popular music. It happened again in the 1990s with the popularity of Alternative Rock. Whether people like it or not, Alternative Rock has become one of the most popular sources of music, and becomes part of music history. Stone Temple Pilots' debut Core, brings that breath of fresh air to music that was ready for a change, from the Pop and Dance music of the 1980s. Fans of Alternative Rock will simply enjoy this album, and even though it may not be suitable for those with sensitive ears, it proves one thing, that STP ROCKS...

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