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Review of the Album Purple by the Alternative Rock Band Stone Temple Pilots

Updated on September 2, 2018
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Purple is More Than Just an Alternative Rock Album

Purple is the second studio album by American alternative rock band Stone Temple Pilots and more than that, it is an album that I grew up with listening to it in my most formative years. The opening song Meatplow is a song that symbolically that we can stop the meatplow in life that tries to break us down. A lover that we enjoy spending time with can help us get through the toughest moments in life. No strategy is 100% effective in helping us deal with life’s challenges but the album Purple is one example of a good album that can also serve as a coping mechanism. However, Purple is not a perfect album by any means because the lyrics are sometimes hard to interpret.

Lounge Fly, Interstate Love Song, and Still Remains

Lounge Fly is described as a song that has this psychedelic rock feel to it. The song is actually about a person that’s having a substance abuse problem in their life. Interstate Love Song is one of the most popular songs on this album about love and lies. As a man gets on a train and departs for his next destination, he looks back at how the one he loved lied to him. Still Remains is a love song as well but with the opposite message. This is a song that is about what happens when love blossoms to its highest frequency. Still it hurts a lot to be lied to in a relationship but also this speaks to the flaws of human beings. Most of us have been lied to and taken advantage of in life.

"Unglued"

As the back of the album cover Purple says there are 12 gracious melodies or shall we say lots of really good songs on an album that was released in 1994 when grunge rock was popular.
As the back of the album cover Purple says there are 12 gracious melodies or shall we say lots of really good songs on an album that was released in 1994 when grunge rock was popular.

Final Thoughts About the Album Purple

The acoustic filled song Pretty Penny is a song about a girl’s mother that has passed away and the realization is that they all will miss her. The girl wakes up in the morning and finds out that her mother is no longer sleeping in the bed that she used to sleep in. Note: I write this album review at a time where I may be falling in love but if you are falling in love with someone, whether it is a friend or significant other, know that you are not alone in this situation. Big Empty may be one of the weaker songs but the soft, atmospheric feel to it adds a pretty good contrast. The song is about what can happen in life when someone has smoked too much or been on drugs for far too long. Conversations are more difficult to start. The song Unglued with its speed and catchy feel is the best song in this album and it is basically about someone who is confused in his life and everything that he thinks about becomes unglued. He has the feeling of anxiety coming over him. The album ends with the partially acoustic and electric guitar filled song Kitchen ware & Candy Bars. The song is about someone who knew where to go in his life because someone showed him how to. Where is he going to end up? Overall, Purple is a very solid album containing many standout tracks including Meatplow, Vasoline, Interstate Love Song, Still Remains, Pretty Penny, and of course Unglued which even in 2018 is an outstanding classic.

"Interstate Love Song"

© 2018 Ara Vahanian

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