Tiny Music...Songs From the Vatican Gift Shop

Tiny Music...Songs From the Vatican Gift Shop

by Stone Temple Pilots


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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.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/26/1996
Label: Atlantic
UPC: 0075678287121
catalogNumber: 82871

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Stone 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 Credits

Stone 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 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!!
PatrickTK021 More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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''.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
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.''
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.