As the first grunge band to be signed by a major label, Seattle's Soundgarden opened the pop floodgates,
and a deluge of thrash-o-rama bands began swamping the airwaves. Followinga series of trend-setting releases
on the independent Sub Pop and SST labels, Soundgarden's initial A&M releases LOUDERTHAN LOVE and BADMOTORFINGER
signaled the return of the classic guitar band to popular consciousness.
Using the time-honoured Led Zeppelin/Aerosmith approach as a jump-off point--not to mention influential bands
like Black Sabbath, MC5,The Stooges and Killing Joke--Soundgarden has formalised their own approach to raw power.
Their stylised melodic hooks,however, along with their sometimes surreal lyrics, set them apart from the pack.
Whether they get dazed and confused on the vamping "Limo Wreck", or cut loose with a wham- bam-thank-you-ma'am 4/4
cruncher like "Kickstand", Soundgarden canrock and roll with all the jet-propelled, no-nonsense crunch of all your
favourite bands, from Zeppelin to the Ramones--and lead guitarist Kim Thayil's chops never outrace his melodic imagination.
But Soundgarden is doing a lot more than simply recycling their best bits for another run up the charts. With SUPERUNKNOWN,
they're stretching out and putting some distance between themselves and their imitators, incorporating different styles
into their own mix, and creating a fresh modern sound. Certainly, there are not many bands who could rock convincingly
in 5/4 time without sounding like slumming jazzbos, but Soundgarden's "My Wave" is a fist-shaking anthem that suggests
the tone of the Stones' "Get Off My Cloud". The curious mixture of psychedelic blues elements, Near-Eastern tonalities
and Indian ragas which make "Head Down", "Black Hole Sun" and "Half" so distinctive indicates thatSoundgarden didn't
simply cop their ideas from a Hollywood soundtrack. With his guttural Steve Tyler-like growl, frontman/songwriter
Chris Cornell can turn a spoon player into a street shaman on "Spoonman", give in to despair on "Let Me Drown",
or rail against authoritarian types on "Head Down". With slamming production by Michael Beinhorn.
1. Let Me Drown
2. My Wave
3. Fell On Black Days
6. Head Down
7. Black Hole Sun
9. Limo Wreck
10. The Day I Tried To Live
12. Fresh Tendrils
13. 4th Of July
15. Like Suicide
16. She Likes Surprises
Genre - Rock
Year of Release - 1999
Source - CD
Format - MP3
Ripped With - dBpowerAMP
Encoder - Lame 3.97
Bit Rate - Variable
Audio Quality - High (lossy)
File Size - 95.4Mb
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