Now I respectfully disagree. Tiny Music, to me, is probably their MOST unique album. I mean, what other band does that even sound like? Tripping Daisy is as close as I can think of, and they're still not that similar. It's so unique, it doesn't even sound like STP!None of TM sounded nearly as unique as the other four had, to me. I heard a band that had somehow run out of song ideas.
It’s not exactly surprising that all of us hear different things in the same song. TM was too many songs that sounded half-written, or just didn’t have that STP spice.
I went through the same progression. Now, it seems like the most creative and original of their albums to me. The rest sound very "90s" IMO. I remember an interview where DeLeo says he didn't use a single HB guitar on the album - kind of unique at the time for that genre. I can't listen to the others anymore, aside from a song here and there.I didn't like Tiny Music at first but now I think it's their best. It was kind of a departure for them, but ultimately great.