Is Core the best album by Stone Temple Pilots? Lifelong fan Chris DeVille says no, but wisely insists that it sounds most like how people think the band always sounded. Either way, it's a fantastic portrait of the grunge era, now almost 20 years old.

Good God.

Do not fault "Crackerman," a Core deep cut, for that which it has wrought in the decades since. Value only its strong melodies and clear, rhythmic power.