Stone Temple Pilot’s Purple A Grunge Classic

Larz Ostrander, Staff writer

Stone Temple Pilots’ sophomore album Purple is a masterpiece of 90s alternative rock. Released in 1994, just one year after their debut album Core, the band shows an impressive growth in both songwriting and musicianship.

The album starts with the powerful and anthemic Meatplow, setting the tone for what’s to come. The album is a mix of heavy rockers like Vasoline,¬†Silvergun Superman, and Unglued, and more introspective tracks like Pretty Penny and Still Remains.¬†Each song is crafted with care, showing the band’s attention to detail and ability to create dynamic songs that never get boring.

One of the standout tracks on the album is Interstate Love Song, a melodic and catchy tune with a memorable chorus that became one of the band’s biggest hits. Scott Weiland’s vocals shine throughout the album, showcasing his range and ability to convey emotion through his singing.

The band’s musicianship is also impressive, with guitarist Dean DeLeo’s intricate and powerful riffs and solos, bassist Robert DeLeo’s solid bass lines, and drummer Eric Kretz’s tight and precise drumming. The production is also top-notch, with a clean and crisp sound that allows each instrument to shine.

Overall, Purple is a classic album that solidified Stone Temple Pilots’ place as one of the most important grunge bands. It’s a must-listen for fans of the genre. 6.5/10.