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Certified Multi-Platinum (8 times) by the RIAA. (4/02)

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Though lambasted in some quarters as cynical clones of the then-vaunted "Seattle sound" (in particular, Alice in Chains and Pearl Jam) STP's 1993 debut nonetheless found a considerable following for its potent crunch and sly hooks. While some tracks do seem to ape the era's grunge ethos a bit too slavishly, there's also a sense that perhaps Weiland and company were merely sharing some of the same influences as their contemporaries--and on standouts like the riff-savvy "Sex Type Thing" and the moody acoustics of "Creep", accomplishing it with a bit more ambitious range. Indeed, the radio anthem "Crush" belies a devotion to songcraft disdained by many of their peers, one that served as an effective bridge between the stadium rock of the '70s and '80s and the more introspective alt-rock just then coming into vogue--even if the album's triple-platinum sales showed just how ironic and misplaced the "alternative" label could ultimately be. --Jerry McCulley


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  • Audio CD (September 29, 1992)
  • Original Release Date: September 29, 1992
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Atlantic
  • ASIN: B000002IU3
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (318 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,048 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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72 of 76 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Ferguson-Maltzman on April 7, 2005
Format: Audio CD
In 1992/93, probably most people would not have expected Stone Temple Pilots to be one of the best bands of the decade. People were really split on STP back in the day. To be sure, they were one of the most popular bands of the decade right off the bat. Over half of the songs on their debut album "Core" were very popular radio staples back in the early 90s and remain popular to this day. Fans bought "Core" in droves upon its release, and it has gone on to sell eight million copies.

Most likely because of the band's almost instant success, they received an enormous amount of condemnation. They were accused of jumping on the grunge bandwagon. The most common complaint thrown at STP was that they were Pearl Jam rip-offs. A few years later, if you were to listen to Pearl Jam's "No Code" and then listen to STP's "Tiny Music," it would be hard to imagine thinking that STP was a knockoff of PJ. But in the early 90s, however, before STP really got into their own groove with subsequent albums, the comparison and complaints remained.

I think that one of the main differences between these two bands is that Pearl Jam is a college/undergound band at heart, and Stone Temple Pilots are an arena rock band at heart. The fact that STP never lost the knack for writing great hooks throughout their five releases, and that Pearl Jam's music became increasingly less commercial, more arty, confirm that for me (not to say that one band is superior to the other, as they were/are both great in their own right).

In all honesty, "Core" is not the most groundbreaking influential album of all-time. Stone Temple Pilots were a very talented and eclectic band, and they did have their own sound. In the beginning, however, they did borrow from some of their peers, like Pearl Jam and Nirvana.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Alex Talarico on March 8, 2000
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Personally, although Stone Temple Pilots are my favorite band, I still think others should be able to appreciate the underlying angst and heavy guitar rhythms, as well as the passion and strain that can be detected in singer Scott Weiland's voice as he croons through the album. Songs such as Dead and Bloated, Sex Type Thing, Wicked Garden, Creep, and the epic Plush helped to define early 90's rock and roll/grunge/alternative, as well as setting the tone for later artists such as Bush, Godsmack, etc. Call them unoriginal, call them copycats, call them whatever you want, but Stone Temple Pilots always have a new style or a new variation on an old style that keeps you guessing. I give core an A-plus as a musician and as a music lover. This album is especially revered by those who like the heavy grunge sound of the early 90's, as it is very evident. The melancholy 'creep' invokes a sense of desperation, of a man driven out of his mind and into the arms of a woman who doesn't love him. Sex Type Thing, though controversial, is about the evils of date rape, not the benefits of it as was common belief when the song was released. Plush, by far the most masterful of the recordings, will make the price of the cd worth it by its own merit alone.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Michael Harter on November 2, 2000
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Sure, there are heavier bands out there, but STP, really kicks it hard with this amazing debut. The world of music owes alot to the talent of Scott Weiland and the boys.. (call then posers if you dare..the sheer amount of album sales of CORE would prove otherwise) - I would dare say that anyone with a love for the "grunge" sound, could not appreciate the sonic intensity at which this music personifies. Go beyond, the wall of sound demonstrated at the onset on Dead and Bloated (evokes Sabbath rifts) Sex Type Thing and Wicked Garden, and get to the heart of the musicianship demonstrated on NO Memory as the lead in to Sin. - The heavy plays out in perfect contrast to the heady - introspective sounds of Creep "I'm half the man I used to be" and Plush (an unforgettable rock anthem that gets better with each listen. Just to get you set up for the other rockers on the cd Piece of Pie and Crackerman and the masterful closer - Where the River Goes (next to Plush, my other personal fave).
- There are other excellent STP albums out there, and I can't quite place my love for this one over Purple, but CORE is the one that will stand the test of time. A masterpiece of angst at it introspective best.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Drogyn on July 12, 2005
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Brimming with energy, inspiration, and dark pathos, Core is a masterpiece from the era that spawned it. Not only does the album have a unifying feel to it, the songs stand out on their own as utterly listenable and enjoyable.

Sex Type Thing, Plush, Wicked Garden, Dead and Bloated.... the number of stellar tracks on this CD is staggering.

Scott Weiland and his band have created an album that is replayable, engaging, and definetely one of the best albums of the 90s. There's some filler in the later half, but it's surrounded by such amazing gems it really doesn't impact the album.

Grade: A-
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Mathias Gerber on June 13, 2006
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The fact that this masterpiece is not listed alongside Dark side of the Moon and Led Zeppelin 4 as one of the all-time classic albums makes me want to bash my fist through a wall. In fact, if you were to meld Zeppelin with the Rolling Stones, and throw Hendrix on lead guitar, then multiply the rock created by about a million, you still wouldn't have STP. They were that good. "Crackerman" is an awesome song that will make you involuntarily bang your head, so DO NOT listen to while driving or operating heavy machinery. "Plush" is the hit single from the album, and there is little doubt why. Not only does "Plush" appeal to music scholars across the planet, who appreciate the complexity of the guitars and the emotional depth of the lyrical content, but also the common fan can enjoy the sheer rocktitude of it. In conclusion, on a rock scale of 1 to 10, this album scores a... 23. Anyone who says otherwise is an ignoramus.
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