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Certified Multi-Platinum (6 times) by the RIAA. (1/01)

Having scored a massive hit with their debut album, Core, Stone Temple Pilots returned to the same sludge-filled well for Purple, only to come up with an album that's harder, more concise, and filled with thunderous, punishing riffs. Headbangers will rejoice over the grinding guitars of "Meatplow," "Vasoline," "Lounge Fly," and "Unglued," but the album reveals far more than one dimension. They back off the throttle for the hushed (though still intense) "Pretty Penny," "Big Empty" puts a respectable spin on the phrase "power ballad," and the catchy, hook-filled "Interstate Love Song" asserts itself as one of the most memorable alt-rock singles of the '90s. --Daniel Durchholz

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  • Audio CD (June 7, 1994)
  • Original Release Date: June 7, 1994
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Atlantic
  • ASIN: B000002IZ4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (241 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,706 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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50 of 56 people found the following review helpful By D. Mok on April 19, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Accused of mimicking Pearl Jam, Stone Temple Pilots took two years after its debut (1992's core) to produce this astounding, strange, and utterly fascinating album containing some of the band's best compositions, a newer, better sense of lyrics, and better performances all around.
Purple is almost pop-music in its songwriting approach, with emphasis on big, throbbing hooks, sharp production, and execution. "Meat Plow" opens the album on a sneer and a bristling beat, and then "Vasoline" announces the band's intent to experiment. Two notes on a guitar tell the story, and Scott Weiland's unusually nuanced singing combine for the strangest grunge anthem since Alice in Chains' "Would?". "Pretty Penny" finds the band in dreamy territory with its best ballad ever, hands down, Weiland's singing evocative and emotive; "Big Empty" has dynamics and huge surges of guitar; "Still Remains" is infectious in its melody, imagery and sexual tension; and "Interstate Love Song" is another anthemic crunch a la "Plush", the biggest modern-rock hit of its time (a record it held until a year or two ago). The album suckerpunches yet again at the end with the incredibly weird but maddeningly catchy lounge tune (not performed by the band) that thumbs its nose at conventional album recording and is another showcase of the sense of humour that Stone Temple Pilots have begun to mine.
Very worthy, very catchy rock and roll; an album that begins to carve STP an identity independent of its forerunners.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Ferguson-Maltzman on July 9, 2006
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The massive success of Stone Temple Pilots debut album "Core" (1992) was something of a mixed blessing for the group. While the album was a runaway smash, ultimately selling eight million copies and spawning such radio staples as "Plush," "Sex Type Thing" and "Creep," success definitely came at a price. Almost immediately the San Diego group was viciously and mercilessly attacked and ripped apart by the press. Accusations of ripping off the Seattle grunge scene and jumping on the flavor of the month alternative bandwagon were the most common complaints. "Plush," in particular was singled out as plagiarizing Pearl Jam.

Truth be told, these accusations were not without merit. While the band insisted that the bulk of "Core" was written as far back as 1988, the album did sound derivative of the Seattle soundbook. Released in 1992, "Core" blended the punkish riffs of Nirvana, the baritone growls and stylistic craft of Pearl Jam, and the metallic crunch of Alice In Chains. But with "Core," the album was ultra radio friendly, the songs ultra infectious, which made the album both a smash hit and a number one target.

Was "Core" a rip-off? Maybe. A great record? Most defiantly. But where to go from there?

Stone Temple Pilots had a lot to prove with their sophomore album. The second album is often the hardest, as the "sophomore slump" is not uncommon. With their credibility and integrity under so much criticism, STP had to not only come up with a great bunch of songs, they also had to stretch their artistic muscle, lest their critics label them a disingenuous, opportunistic one-album-wonder.

Recoded in just one month, STP's sophomore album "Purple" was released in the spring of 1994.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Nick on August 30, 2001
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After STP's debut Core stormed the charts back in 1992, the band were dismissed as mere Pearl Jam / Nirvana grunge copyists, an inferior version if you will. Personally I thought Core was a cracking album, loud guitars mixed with an ear for a fine melody which compared to today's production line of ready made multi-million sellers like Godsmack, Creed and Staind - now seems ludicrous to think STP were savaged by many critics. It's a good job second album Purple became the band's best release to date as it made all those who weren't impressed with STP when they burst onto the scene eat their words. How could anyone dismiss an album containing songs of Big Empty and Vasoline caliber. Here's a breakdown of each track:
Meatplow: Could easily be a Core outtake, the most `grunge' track here. The sound production is muddy and lacks the charm of the tracks that follow. Still an excellent heavy track though 8/10
Vasoline: The first single and what a storming song! Fast guitar playing and an excellent bridge, great to sing along to. One of the highlights 10/10
Lounge Fly: The weird opening and distinctive guitar line make for one of the most unusual tracks on Purple. Love the acoustic guitars that come in and the beautiful singing by Scott Weiland 9/10
Interstate Love Song: The most well-known track and hit single. It's not hard to see why it became so successful with infectious hooks and a catchy chorus to satisfy the fans. 9/10
Still Remains: The best track on the album in my opinion. Gives me goose bumps just thinking about the fantastic melodies. 10/10
Pretty Penny: Pure acoustic number, harmless enough but the songwriting is top notch 8/10
Silver Gun Superman: When I first heard the album back in '94 this was my fav track.
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