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Soundgarden - Down on the Upside

Number of Discs
1
Release Date
05/21/1996
Artist
Soundgarden
Format
CD / Album
Label / Studio
A&M
Duration
01:05:55

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Superunknown was a breakthrough in many ways. Not only did the album bring Soundgarden a new audience, it dramatically expanded their vision, as well as their accomplishments. If Down on the Upside initially seems a retreat from the grand, layered textures of Superunknown, let it sink in. The sound of Down on the Upside is certainly more immediate, but the band hasn't returned to the monstrous, unfocused wailing of Louder Than Love. Instead, they've retained their ambitious song structures, neo-psychedelic guitar textures, and winding melodies but haven't dressed them up with detailed production. Consequently, Down on the Upside is visceral as well as cerebral -- "Rhinosaur" goes for the gut, while "Pretty Noose" is updated, muscular prog rock. Down on the Upside is a deceptive album -- it might seem like nothing more than heavy metal, but a closer listen reveals that Soundgarden haven't tempered their ambitions at all. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine

1) Pretty Noose (04:12)
2) Rhinosaur (03:14)
3) Zero Chance (04:18)
4) Dusty (04:34)
5) Ty Cobb (03:05)
6) Blow up the Outside World (05:46)
7) Burden in My Hand (04:50)
8) Never Named (02:28)
9) Applebite (05:10)
10) Never the Machine Forever (03:36)
11) Tighter & Tighter (06:06)
12) No Attention (04:27)
13) Switch Opens (03:53)
14) Overfloater (05:09)
15) An Unkind (02:08)
16) Boot Camp (02:59)

Album
Down on the Upside
Publisher
Universal Distribution
Main Format
CD
Explicit Lyrics
No
Keyword Index
Down on the Upside | Soundgarden