Purple established that Stone Temple Pilots were not one-album wonders but Tiny Music...Songs from the Vatican Gift Shop illustrates that the band aren't content with resting on their laurels. Without abandoning their trademark hard rock, STP have added a new array of sounds that lend depth to their immediately accessible hooks. Dean DeLeo layers his guitar tracks to create distinctive, multi-textured sounds that make his riffs more powerful. Though there are hints of grunge scattered throughout the album, what makes Tiny Music impressive is how the band brings in elements of psychedelia, trancy shoegaze, jangle pop, and other forms of melodic alternative guitar pop. By accentuating their pop tendencies in both their riffs and melodies, they are able to slip in a number of creative arrangements which manage to expand their musical repertoire significantly. Although the lyrics are nearly as ambitious as the music, they simply don't have the same weight. But with a band like Stone Temple Pilots, the music is what matters and Tiny Music showcases the band at their most tuneful and creative.
Performance CreditsStone Temple Pilots Primary Artist
Dean DeLeo Bass,Guitar,Hand Clapping,6-string bass
Robert DeLeo Bass,Guitar,Percussion,Background Vocals,Hand Clapping,Vibes,6-string bass,Electric Harpsichord
Eric Kretz Percussion,Drums,fender rhodes
Scott Miller Percussion,Vocals
Brendan O'Brien Organ,Percussion,Piano,Tambourine,Clavinet,Hand Clapping,fender rhodes
Scott Weiland Vocals
Gena Maria Rankin Hand Clapping
Steve Stewart Hand Clapping
Dave Ferguson Trumpet
Technical CreditsStone Temple Pilots Art Direction
Tracy Chisholm Engineer
Dean DeLeo Composer
Nick DiDia Engineer
Chris Goss Engineer
Brendan O'Brien Producer
Caram Costanzo Engineer
John Heiden Art Direction
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Tiny Music...Songs From the Vatican Gift Shop based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
I was listening this today. I love this album so much from start to finish that I can't even say... it's just a masterpiece. The melodies are nearly unmatched in the world of rock and the album grooves like no other, jamming and kicking back in all the right places. Some parts hard rock, some parts psychedelic and some songs even have a subtle hip-hop vibe to them. Also, it sounds just as good today as when it first came out... if you are even thinking about it, go ahead and buy this record!!
Their absolute best album. Period. People weren't ready for it at the time. Today, younger and more casual fans are discovering STP through their early radio hits, which is great, but these tracks don't fully represent just how diverse and twisted and wonderful this band could be when it was firing on all cylinders. This is the album to buy if you want to know why they were truly great: some songs are pretty, some are loud and raw, some are strange, but they all add up to an extremely rich, well-crafted piece of work.
With so many CD's delivering one or two decent songs accompanying 12 losers, this album is an exception. Many people don't listen closely enough to catch just how unique this band is. Song structure of several songs in this album is much more sophisticated than most. This album captures much of what I call ''total quality''.
yeah, I'm not really sure what they were going after with this one, but it didn't really work out entirely. They have some good songs on here, though, I especially like the rather insane and amusing ''artschool girl,'' so if you're an STP fan, I would think you'd enjoy it enough. Keep in mind, this was probably written around when Scot was having his ''problems.'' Anyway, it just has much more of a pop music sound than the hard core stuff of Core, and it doesn't have the very ketchy tunes and clever lyrics of Purple, though ''Trippin' on a Hole in a Paper Heart'' does sound much like ''Vasoline.''
this is definitely a weaker album than core and purple, if you are looking to buy STP I would start there. it has a few good songs, but it is no classic.