Temple of the Dog
Temple of the Dog



by angelo_d_necro USER (8 Reviews)
May 15th, 2005 | 19 replies | 5,344 views

Release Date: 1991 | Tracklist

0 of 3 thought this review was well written

Temple Of The Dog, that name can divide people. On the one hand you've got the people who'll just stare at you blankly and put their Ministry Of Sound collection back on, on the other nothing but pure worship will follow.

Temple Of The Dog you see is no ordinary band, fans of Soundgarden, Mother Love Bone and Pearl Jam of course know of them but here be an introduction for everyone who doesn't. They are a supergroup made up of combined members of future Pearl Jam/past Mother Love Bone, and Soundgarden (Jeff Ament, Stone Gossard (Mother Love Bone), Matt Cameron, Chris Cornell(Soundgarden) and guest appearnces by Eddie Vedder and Mike McCready(future Pearl Jam). The group was started after the demise of the dearly missed Andrew Wood (frontman for Mother Love Bone), who also happened to be a previous roommate to Chris Cornell, they all got together in order to write a few tribute songs, but it got a bit out of hand and we're left with one of the defining albums of the 90's.

On to the music now...

This album should really please anyone into rock music of any kind especially fans of the composite bands. Cornell really proves himself to be the driving force behind Soundgardens outstanding music but is backed up brilliantly by Ament, Gossard and co.

Track 01 - Say Hello To Heaven: From the first few chords of this opening track you know this album is going to be special, evoking emotions of grievance (this was one of the original tribute songs) but also shows a glimmer of hope in the power of the singing. 5/5 Outstanding

Track 02 - Reach Down: This song reaches into darker heavier (hate to say it but) grungier territory, again this was another of the original Wood tributes, although not reaching the beauty of the previous ensemble it's a fine rocking track, with of course heart felt lyrics. 5/5 Good hard rock song

Track 03 - Hunger Strike: This is easily the most famous track of the whole album, due mainly to a haunting duet between the two great frontmen of rock Vedder and Cornell. A very simple (and fun to play) riff belies one of the most tearjerking, sigh evoking songs in history. 5/5 Obviously

Track 04 - Pushin Forward Back: For this track the melancholy of previous songs is lifted and we're giving a tremendous fist pumping rock song. 5/5 Love this one

Track 05 - Call Me A Dog: A more laid back sound here, more reminiscent of some of the quieter Pearl Jam moments than anything previously, personally I found this song just a little boring, but nowhere near enough to bring the album down. 4/5 Nice slow song

Track 06 - Times Of Trouble: Very Pearl Jam style is this number, actually highly reminiscent of a precursor to Jeremy (similar riff and harmonics). Again a very slow track, definitely not bad but my personal least favourite of the album. 3/5 Good not great

Track 07 - Wooden Jesus: Don't go expecting a cross between Jesus Christ Pose and Tremor Christ (bad in-joke, very very sorry, won't happen again). This song's got a very catchy beat to it. Reminiscent of the deep but obscure lyrics of Soundgarden, it does make sense you just have to listen. 4/5 Good song with some nice guitar work

Track 08 - Your Saviour: In my mind this is where the Soundgarden/Pearl Jam hybrid comes across most, and therefore its a great song. 4/5 Very good stuff

Track 09 - Four Walled World: Featuring a riff not unlike that of the Doors' The End, this is the only other track where Vedder collaborates (as writer not singer sadly), more of a psychedelic feel from this one, therefore it reminds me of Soundgarden, therefore good! 4/5 Good song, slow burner but good

Track 10 - All Night Thing: Fantastic ender to the album, very atmospheric with a fantastic drum beat from the fantastic Mr Cameron, one of my absolute favourites. 5/5 Genius ending

So there you have it, one of the greatest albums of the 90's (and quite probably all time). One of the most heartfelt, evoking, beautiful albums I've ever heard, and if you're lucky for you too.

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Comments:Add a Comment 
May 16th 2005


I've heard Hunger Strike, and I'd pick this record up A.S.A.P if it was available around here.

May 16th 2005


Album Rating: 3.5

No way is this worth a 5.

And seriously, what was going through your head when you wrote that opening paragraph?

May 16th 2005


Not a fan I'd hazard

May 16th 2005


It's a decent album. He's right though. What you've said in the first paragraph is just bad.

May 16th 2005


Album Rating: 3.5

"Decent". The perfect word to describe this album.

Mother Love Bone and Soundgarden have both released better albums than this.

May 16th 2005


True enough, difficult to top some of soundgardens efforts, but I just happened to love the album

May 17th 2005


hehe, the opening paragraph made me giggle. This is a decent album, like Iai said.

May 17th 2005


Looking back, that opening paragraph was pretty lame. Man, you'll be lucky to find this in stores, let alone find someone within your area that has heard of it (without you telling them).

May 17th 2005


It's available for something like 7.99 on Amazon, I think. .co.uk anyway, or at least it was when my flatmate ordered it a couple of months ago.

May 17th 2005


Right I get the hint, the first paragraph was crap, its my first review and I couldn't think of a way to start it OK!

May 17th 2005


its not very good. actually i just say that because my old friend overplayed and overworshipped this cd. its ok i guess. 2.5/5

May 17th 2005


a good album---not great... I would say vedder and cornell before their prime

May 18th 2005


it is pretty amazing. actually vedder contributed to tracks 3, 4, 8 and 9 as it say's in the album cover. plus times of trouble is a brilliant song. bit of a statement of it being one of the greatest albums of the 90's but it is a must have for grungealternative fanatics. Pushing forward back is definately a song that audioslave should try to play live cos its amazing

The Sludge
May 8th 2006


Say Hello 2 Heaven features some of the best vocal work I've heard in Cornell. Such a brilliant songwriter and vocallist. I havent heard this album yet, I'm a little afraid of getting it... but I'll eventually dabble it sometime soon. This Message Edited On 05.08.06

May 13th 2006


Album Rating: 5.0

i can see why you dont like times of trouble but i personally am a fan. its riff can be a bit repetitive but is is not from jermey by pearl jam it is from the song footsteps.

December 14th 2006


Album Rating: 4.0

Pretty sweet album. I loved hearing two of my favorite vocalists singing together.

December 17th 2006


Album Rating: 4.0

i didnt know if i should get this album a little while ago. i kinda thought "oh...this album sounds like it could be good....but im scared cause its kinda risky to have a band like that and i dont want too see chris cornell fail" but i got it a few weeks ago....and i believe its a great cd. i was not dissapointed in anyway. Chris Cornell is SO good in this.

February 19th 2007


Album Rating: 4.5

i like this album better than anything Soundgarden or Pearl Jam ever released, with the exception of perhaps Ten. I think i'm gonna write a review on this soon because their are several points in here i disagree with you. personally i think Call Me A Dog and TImes of Trouble are the higlights

April 26th 2007


Album Rating: 3.0

Hungar Strike and Say Hello 2 Heaven pretty much own. The rest is decent.

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