by Stone Temple Pilots

(1994) Atlantic

Description STP's second album is less dark and strong than the previous one, but still is dark and grunge-like.
Posted By Jason Henderson (5681)
Directory Recordings: Rock/Pop
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On 8/4/2001, Anthony Holden (9426) posted:
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My favourite from the STP catalogue.

There's something for everyone on this album and it will certainly fit nicely into any AOR, alternative, COR or metal playlist.

The dirgy, Seattle-sounding grind of STP's debut takes a backseat to crisp, powerful, more upbeat melodies. Songs like "Interstate love Song," "Still Remains" and "Pretty Penny" are southern-tinged, soulful rockers that benefit from producer Brendan O'Brien's affiliation with bands such as the Black Crowes.

"Meatplow" and "Vasoline" are straightforward, catchy hard rockin' tunes, but for a taste of the hard-edged, energetic, thick grooves we're used to hearing from STP, check out "Silvergun Superman." "Unglued" also fits into the heavier side of the spectrum with scorching, heavy guitars and very distinct, loud drums.

And needless to say, Wieland's extraordinary vocal range never disappoints. Another appropriate tune for the metal crowd to check out is "Army Ants," and "Big Empty," from The Crow soundtrack, is also included.

My personal favourite is 'Kitchenware and Candybars'.

Highly recommended !!
On 7/9/2001, Jason Henderson (5681) posted:
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Since the cover only has the band's name on it, it is hard to tell what the title of the disc is. The only way you can really tell if it's the album is on the back-a picture of a birthday cake with "12 gracious melodies" on the back. The record is much like the previous one, but not much. It is a bit more mature and still keeps its dark and hurtful look, something that would follow them for a while. STP experiments in at least one form or another on all their albums-and this one is no exception. It has an accuistic track with a bit of a celtic sound of sorts. This CD is their second masterpiece, it might not have the power and agressiveness of their first, but it's smarter. My favorite track out of this entire album has to be Interstate Love Song, the hit that catapulted this album onto the top of the charts near the end of 94.

1. Meatplow 2. Vasoline 3. Lounge Fly 4. Interstate Love Song 5. Still Remains 6. Pretty Penny 7. Silvergun Superman 8. Big Empty 9. "Unglued" 10. Army Ants 11. Kitchenware and Candybars

This album has at least four singles that became hits, and two or three that could have been. I think this is one of those great albums that just tests that bands can't make great music and at the same time mature their music and not be called selling out.