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Stone Temple Pilots
© Atlantic Records
Year of Release: 1992
Dead And Bloated
Sex Type Thing
Piece Of Pie
Wet My Bed
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
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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