Soundgarden Down on the Upside
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rockandmetaljunkie
May 18th 2017


6919 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

This is a good time to jam some Soundgarden and this is the album i"ll jam next.



Still feel devastated about Cornell's death.

ArsMoriendi
May 18th 2017


22012 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I've been listeinging to Soundgarden's entire discography chronologically (including b-sides/nonalbum singles) + Temple of the Dog today



I'm up to New Damage. Will be a while before I get to this one



Digging: Baths - Romaplasm

tcat84
May 18th 2017


1141 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I love doing the discography thing, but I can't do more than one or two albums in day, I find I don't fully enjoy each album/EP

Kalopsia
May 19th 2017


1913 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

first half of this album is top notch

second half is regular notch

Digging: Lights - Skin & Earth

rodrigo90
May 19th 2017


3290 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I'm maybe the only one who skips tighter and tighter, too bluesy for me.

rodrigo90
May 19th 2017


3290 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

That song and burden in my hand are the only songs that I skip on the album the rest is fine, even dusty.

Shiranui
May 19th 2017


541 Comments


"first half of this album is top notch

second half is regular notch" [2]

I think Burden in my hand works really well, especially right after BUTOW.

rockandmetaljunkie
May 19th 2017


6919 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Lots of experimentation, mixed results, but very few memorable songs.

rodrigo90
May 19th 2017


3290 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

That's actually the whole point of soundgarden.

rockandmetaljunkie
May 19th 2017


6919 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Not really; Superunknown is full of memorable moments.

Dylan620
May 19th 2017


3714 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

"Zero Chance" is so flippin' beautiful

Digging: Death Cab for Cutie - Transatlanticism

BigPleb
May 19th 2017


51424 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Pretty Noose is amazing.

Dylan620
May 19th 2017


3714 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

"[Tighter and Tighter] and burden in my hand are the only songs that I skip on the album the rest is fine, even dusty."



...this comment makes me sad



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juiceviaorange
May 19th 2017


547 Comments


This album screams more than any, how Soundgarden was certainly the middle point between Pearl Jam and Alice in Chains. Just as melodic as both, as heavy as the latter, as eclectic as the former. RIP Chris

ArsMoriendi
May 19th 2017


22012 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Tighter & Tighter is my favorite Soundgarden song



How could a fan of Soundgarden skip it :/

Dylan620
May 19th 2017


3714 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Top 10 for me Ars, possibly even top 5 (though I've only heard this, Superunknown, Badmotorfinger, and King Animal)

Titan
May 19th 2017


17982 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

good song, probably only top 20 for me though

DoofusWainwright
Contributing Reviewer
May 21st 2017


16362 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Listened to this for the first time in a long while hoping to bump it...can't bring myself to. This is how I'm feeling it compared to Superunknown...



Down on the Upside [3/5]



1. Pretty Noose [4/5]

2. Rhinosaur [2/5] (written by the drummer, yup)

3. Zero Chance [4.5/5] (sorta like a return to Fell On Black Days...it's actually better than FOBD too)

4. Dusty [3.5/5]

5. Ty Cobb [3.5/5] (fun for a bit, annoying by its conclusion)

6. Blow Up the outside World [4/5] (Beatles worship but decent enough if a little cheesy/obvious)

7. Burden in My Hand [4/5] (has that nice Eastern feel that's the band's main selling point imo)

8. Never Named [2.5/5] (a Shepherd song I sadly don't really dig, sounds like a bad Pearl Jam tune)

9. Applebite [3/5] (just a mood piece really, and overlong, still on the fence with it 20 years later)

10. Never the Machine [3/5] (a poor man's Rusty Cage, just sounds a bit of a mess at times)

11. Tighter & Tighter [3/5] (old school Soundgarden, lame chorus of 'sleep tight for me, I'm gone' meh)

12. No Attention [2.5/5] (butt average punk number)

13. Switch Opens [3.5/5] (nice tone to this one but a bit of a nothing song)

14. Overfloater [4/5] (more old school material, very cool vocal delivery from Cornell)

15. An Unkind [2.5/5] (what happened with some of Shepherd's song writing here?)

16. Boot Camp [4/5] (really like this short album closer, epic and intimate all at once)





Digging: Cathal Coughlan - The Sky's Awful Blue

DoofusWainwright
Contributing Reviewer
May 21st 2017


16362 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Superunknown [4/5]



1. Let Me Drown [4/5] (strange opener in some ways, solid churner)

2. My Wave [4/5] (a little underrated/forgotten)

3. Fell On Black Days [4/5] (used to be my favourite when I was 16...not anymore)

4. Mailman [4/5] (some Sabbath worship, correct change of pace/tone at track 4)

5. Superunknown [4/5] (is this really a bonus track? Essential element of the album imo)

6. Head Down [5/5] (the best Soundgarden song is a Shepherd lyrics/music credits double whammy)

7. Black Hole Sun [4.5/5] (in a pacing masterstroke, boom, it's their mega hit)

8. Spoonman [4/5] (disposable and kinda kooky but...it's something different, and welcome for it)

9. Limo Wreck [4.5/5] (this is how you record an epic)

10. The Day I Tried to Live [4/5] (the other hit, great vocal performance obvs)

11. Kickstand [3.5/5] (solid punk workout, hated it when I was 16)

12. Fresh Tendrils [4/5] (old school one, could have been on Badmotorfinger, great great chorus)

13. 4th of July [4.5/5] (lordy, this is close to a 5, this is truly the soundtrack to a black sabbath)

14. Half [3.5/5] (enjoyable experimental track, wisely the second shortest song running time though)

15. Like Suicide [3.5/5] (never a massive fan of this one, guess it takes more significance now...)

16. She Likes Surprises [3/5] (she likes the Beatles, throwaway tune that's ok actually)



So Superunknown remains, to my mind, a great deal better than Down on the Upside which really could have lost four or five songs from the tracklist and ended up better for it.





ArsMoriendi
May 21st 2017


22012 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

You think Head Down is the best thing on Superunknown? Lolwut



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