Soundgarden
Telephantasm


3.0
good

Review

by Matthijs van der Lee USER (219 Reviews)
September 29th, 2010 | 30 replies | 14,448 views


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist


4 of 4 thought this review was well written

The late 2000’s have been somewhat of a revival period for the famous grunge bands of the earlier 90’s. Pearl Jam got their act together again after a few disappointing efforts, Alice in Chains got over Layne Staley’s unfortunate passing and released a superb comeback album with a new singer, and slightly less renowned names such as Stone Temple Pilots and Blind Melon have reunited after all these years, producing new material. While some of these returns have been rewarding, others made us wish they never happened, or that the group in question could’ve just stuck to touring.

With their reunion this year, Soundgarden is now part of the club, which also means three of the Big Four are in fact back on their feet (obviously, it is doubtful Kurt Cobain will rise from the grave, so we’ll just have to exclude Nirvana from the picture). Rather than picking up the ropes straight away, which we probably should be thankful for (see Stone Temple Pilots), the band have wisely decided first to start playing again and see how alive the Soundgarden of the 90’s really is before taking any potentially bad decisions. Instead, they now released a retrospective. Enter Telephantasm.

With 13 years and 5 albums under their belt, this kind of compilation is certainly in good order. With their Sabbath-esque, gloomy riffs and Chris Cornell’s wailing vocals, Soungarden created a very unique sound, and more than left their mark on Seattle. The only other compilation we’ve seen from the band is A-Sides, released just after their initial break-up, and with a reunion after more than ten years, this one ties in nicely with potential new fans.

The regular edition is aimed at this audience specifically. Of its twelve tracks, nine were singles, four of those coming off the band’s most known work Superunknown. With one track from their debut EP Screaming Life (Hunted Down), another that was featured on a grunge compilation but never actually on any of the band’s albums (Birth Ritual), and a decent outtake from the Badmotorfinger sessions (the new single Black Rain), there is little new offered. Seeing how A-Sides contains almost all of what’s offered on this edition already, the track selection of the standard package feels slightly sub-par.

Luckily, the 2-CD/DVD deluxe edition has got more interesting material to offer. Aside from the much-required Soundgarden classics Jesus Christ Pose and Room a Thousand Years Wide, it also features some rarer live takes and lesser known studio material, making this compilation actually worthy of the term ‘retrospective’.

It is therefore highly advised to, if you are considering getting this album, to stick with the deluxe edition, or avoid it altogether. The experience is a lot richer, and is no doubt the best way to be introduced to this classic grunge band. As for Soundgarden's future, only time will tell whether the band will go as far as to release a fully new studio album, and whether that kind of scenario that might turn into. For now, this will have to do.

Regular Edition: 2.5/5
Deluxe Edition: 3.5/5



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Nagrarok
September 29th 2010



8170 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

So yeah, don't get the regular edition.

fr33convict
September 29th 2010



11687 Comments


Good review bro. I was thinking about gettigthis for my dad since he lost all his Soundgarden albums when we moved. I take it the deluxe edition is wayyyy better.

LepreCon
September 29th 2010



3853 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

So yeah, best 'best of' all year, even better cuz I got it for free

Digging: Overkill - White Devil Armory

WatchItExplode
September 29th 2010



3219 Comments


12 tracks on a best of? what a rip off, it doesn't even have pretty noose or loud love psssh

AliW1993
Contributing Reviewer
September 29th 2010



7322 Comments


Why the fuck isn't Jesus Christ Pose on the regular one, seriously?

accompliceofmydeath
September 29th 2010



4193 Comments


So, there are like 2 new songs? Why couldn't they just release an EP or something?

Digging: Devo - Freedom of Choice

BigHans
September 29th 2010



26455 Comments


Listened to the Deluxe edition yesterday. It was nice to hear songs from Louder than Love again, album slays.

Good review Nag.

omgraptors
September 29th 2010



813 Comments


fuck you chris, fuck you

Jethro42
September 29th 2010



12390 Comments


I only know 'black old sun' by them. do I miss something?


Nagrarok
September 29th 2010



8170 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

It's Black Hole Sun, haha. And you're missing Superunknown, pretty incredible album.

Jethro42
September 29th 2010



12390 Comments


oops je m'excuse :P
Ok then, thanx for the rec!

Nagrarok
September 29th 2010



8170 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dbckIuT_YDc&ob=av2n

Another popular song off that album.

random
September 29th 2010



2261 Comments


"And I don't like what you got me hanging from..."

Jethro42
September 29th 2010



12390 Comments


I dig their overall sound. So powerful vocals. Downloading Superunknown right now.

Nagrarok
September 29th 2010



8170 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Good to hear.

BigHans
September 29th 2010



26455 Comments


Superunknown rules so much face

StrizzMatik
September 29th 2010



3183 Comments


One of the best bands of the last 30 years hands down

AliW1993
Contributing Reviewer
September 29th 2010



7322 Comments


If Superunknown shed a few tracks it would be a virtually flawless record, the first 10 songs are pure bliss.

MassiveAttack
September 29th 2010



2688 Comments


I remember looking at this cover thinking how horrible it was. It still is. =(

EVedder27
September 29th 2010



6088 Comments


pos

gonna get this even though it doesn't seem worth it



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