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"Fell on Black Days," indeed. Seattle sludge slingers Soundgarden made a living out of cathartic, woe-is-me wailing (we're talking the banshee vocals of Chris Cornell and the crypt-creaking guitar of Kim Thayil), but this wallowing in grim depression ironically proved to be the band's most uplifting career effort. When the reclusive Cornell ventures out of his shy-guy shell, it's typically via a primal scream of cathartic emotion--he might camp it up with a sophomoric "Spoon Man," but most of this vicious disc leaps straight for your jugular. Generations in the post-millennial future will one day refer to this record to discover exactly how 1990s rock & roll was done. --Tom Lanham
Japanese only SHM-CD (Super High Material CD - playable on all CD players) pressing. Universal. 2008.
- Just like Rock Candy!
Fantastic from start to finish. Rocks your soul so play it LOUD! The best voice singing the best lyrics and the best band. Built to last for decades. What real music sounds like. Listen to it. You'll love it. Full of heart and soul. You'll compare all other music to this masterpiece from now on. Just Listen! You'll see what I mean....more info
- The best Sound Garden album ever
Black hole sun and Spoonman are the best songs on this album. Fell on black days the day i tried to live remind you life isn't always happy....more info
- Soundgarden At Their Best
Superunknown is a simply unbelievable album. I was a big Soundgarden fan in the 90's and I still love the band now even though I don't listen to them guite as much as I used to. I remember going to different record stores and trying to find everything I could find by Soundgarden. I bought every different CD single I could find with extra songs not on their albums and I am sure if I found something now that I had never heard or didn't have I would be buying now. I have seen many of the reviews on here and let's put this to rest yes Soundgarden was part of the grunge era but this album puts to rest that all they did was play grunge. Superunknown is full of songs that are pulling from a wide range of styles of music. Their are elemnts of metal, psychelia, punk, and really to many styles to mention. I have to say this most people only talk about Cornell's voice and while he is one of the best singers in rock he is also a great songwriter and was actually the main songwriter for Soundgarden. Let Me Drown, Fell On Black Days, B;ack Hole Sun, Like Suicide, The Day I Tried To Live, 4th Of July, and Spoonman were all written by Cornell and he co-wrote 2 others. Cornell has always had a penchant to write songs that may not grab you on first listen but after a few listens you realize how great the song is. He also has a penchant for writing a song that sets it self apart in the album and is usually a hidden gem on the album. Like Suicide is that song on this album. He is the master of dynamics and knows when to turn his voice loose. I think I will be listening to this album today since I haven't listened to it in a while....more info
- Black Hole Sun
This is one great rock CD. There is one song in particular that I really like. "Black Hole Sun" is raw and Chris Cornell's voice really gives the word passionate a new meaning. His composition of this song and his performance of it show a certain gritty innovation of combing a melodic edge with his raw delivery giving it an extra dimension that kind of hits you in a euphoric kind of way. Cornell's rugged yet emotionally charged performances are representative of the best that rock has to offer. ...more info
- Probably soundgardens most universal album
On all their early albums soundgarden didn't really appeal to all crowds of rock other then metal and grunge fans but with superunknown soundgarden are much more diverse in there music style and pretty much anyone who likes rock can appreciate this album. Lyrically this album is extremely deep and one of the best and musically you don't get much tighter playing then this. The best songs are fell on black days, 4th of july, the day i tried to live and like suicide. This album holds together very well and is enjoyable no matter what mood your in....more info
- surprisingly strong mainstream hesher record
Okay. So this is not a nirvana album. Let's just get that outta the way. Unlike nirvana, these guys aren't ever gonna escape being pigeon-holed as grunge. Zep derivative grunge to boot. And no grunge metal album has ever had a cover as insidiously spot on as nirvana's blue baby album. In fact the cover of this album pretty much sucks.
But on this album soundgarden FINALLY write actual songs as opposed to stoner riffs and odd time signature drumming for the hesher crowd.
And the lyrics of my wave are light years beyond stuff they had previously written about dogs and cages.
Ultimately, you'll never convince the in crowd that this isn't mainstream music on a major label made by a bunch of macho poseurs. Screw the in crowd. This is objectively a solid collection of songs that actually sound very good. And the singer looks like he can kick your @$$ and steal your girlfriend you little horn-rimmed cardigan clad Beat Happening groupie.
One last thing: Chris Cornell actually sounds BETTER than Robert Plant! Too bad he wasn't born 25 years earlier....more info
- This is Rock 'N Roll!
Soundgarden's 1994 "Superunknown" may go down as the best rock album of the 90's. I know that they were one of the "Big 4" of Seattle grunge (the others were Nirvana, Pearl Jam and Alice In Chains), but this is rock and roll, my friends. Not only are all the songs on this album great, it contains such classics as "Black Hole Sun", "Spoonman", "Let Me Drown", "My Wave" and "Fell On Black Days". All these songs are classics in my book, and Soundgarden is a classic band. And you think Audioslave is good? This was the peak of Chris Cornell's career and he is great.
Is Soundgarden the best band of the 1990's? Well, Pearl Jam was quite overrated, but they did release some good songs and "Ten" is one of my favorite albums. Nirvana was good, but also overrated and you sound like an uneducated ass if you say "Nevermind" wasn't a good album. Alice In Chains had great songs and "Dirt" is the top album of the 1990's, but alot of their songs were very sludgy and depressing. Soundgarden may be depressing, but the music is a little more... upbeat.
So if you want the best rock 'n roll album, and the second best grunge album of the 1990's, then Soundgarden's "Superunknown" is the right choice. Not one song is bad, and Chris Cornell was at the peak of his career vocally. It was also very depressing lyrics (just listen to Black Hole Sun or Fell on Black Days) but as I said before upbeat guitar riffs and Cornell's vocals make it more upbeat. This is not headbanging, but like the Amazon reviewer said, people will look back at this and say this is how rock was supposed to be done.
Also recommended for grunge/90's rock fans:
"Dirt" by Alice In Chains
"Nevermind" by Nirvana
"Badmotorfinger" by Soundgarden
"Ten" by Pearl Jam...more info
- AWESOME !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
This is absolutely one of my favorite albums of all time. No kidding....more info
- The best!
Best album from the best grunge band ever. Soundgarden's best album never sounded so good!! Highly recommended....more info
- A mellow contribution to Grunge....
This album stunned me in ways more than once. Back in February of '94, I remember hearing their new song on the radio titled "Black Hole Sun", which is today a classic song. I was singing along to it instantly, and I liked it so much I bought the album on its release date in March 8.
After listening to "Black Hole Sun" countless times, I decided to listen to the other tracks on the album, and they were freakin' awesome. "Superunknown" was a very catchy song and "Fell on Black Days" was a very dark yet meaningful song.
I can also remember scratching the hell out of the cd and having to buy a new copy about three months after I had bought the original. That is how good it is, so if you're walking into "fye" or "Sam Goody" or Best Buy" or where ever there are cds, remember to get this album. ...more info
- Soundgarden's greatest album
While Nirvana brought "grunge" and alternative rock to the mainstream, it was Soundgarden, along with Mudhoney and Green River (the precursor to Mudhoney) that, along with others, helped create the "grunge" sound. The band spent much of the 80s playing to enthusiastic audiences and building up a fan base. The band's early work, like "Screaming Life" (1987) and "Ultramega OK" (1988) saw a real Sabbath and Stooges influence, and while this influence remained, the band started to get a more refined and metallic edge as they progressed, with "Louder than Love" (1989) and "Badmoterfinger" (1991). In the spring of 1994, at the twilight of the Seattle grunge era, Soundgarden unleashed what would be their masterpiece "Superunknown."
To the general, fickle public that followed whatever was the flavor-of-the-week, Soundgarden's 1994 smash album "Superunknown" may have seemed to come out of left-field. While Soundgarden's pervious, top-40 album "Badmoterfinger" (1991) as well as a high profile tour with Guns N' Roses and props from Kurt Cobain may have put the band firmly on the map, it was "Superunknown" that made Soundgarden one of rock's premier bands of the 90s.
"Superunknown" takes up where "Badmoterfinger" left off, but "Superunknown" is less metallic, and there is a greater focus on melody with a noticeable Beatles influence present. In addition, the scope of the band's sound is expanded with the appearance of guest musicians (cello, viola, piano). While some fans of the band's earlier work may have perceived Soundgarden becoming more "commercial" or loosing their edge, this isn't really a fair argument. "Superunknown" was really the next logical step for Soundgarden to take as it saw the band mature and branch out artistically, without loosing its edge.
Guitarist Kim Thayil is one of rock's more underrated guitar players. Creating riffs that are heavy but melodic; he is equal parts George Harrison and Tony Iommi. Singer Chris Cornell, widely recognized as one of rock's great vocalists, could belt out the songs with pure, unadulterated emotion, without overdoing it, and leave a lasting impression. Ben Shepard (bass) and Matt Cameron (drums) provided an exciting and dynamic rhythm section that was several cuts above average (they also contributed to the songwriting as well).
The opening "Let Me Drown" sounds a bit like an updated version of Sabbath's "The Mob Rules," and gets the album off to a breakneck start. The subtle piano adds an interesting and unexpected touch. One of the album's big hits and a modern-rock radio staple, the infectious "My Wave" is heavily groove oriented and melodic. The gloomy "Fell on Black Days" is harrowing without indulging in self-pity. The album only gets bleaker with the sluggish "Mailman," as Cornell sings in almost a whimper "I know I'm headed for the bottom." The meaning of the hard-hitting title-track "Superunknown" is rather obscure, which adds a bit of mystery to the album without coming off as pretentious. The album takes a bit of a left-turn with the George Harrison-esque; Eastern flavored "Head Down," which is an interesting and captivating change of pace. The album's biggest hit and centerpiece "Black Hole Sun" stands as one of the most memorable songs (and videos) of the 1990s. Gloomy, but not hopeless and equal parts Sabbath and the Beatles, "Black Hole Sun" epitomizes the feeling of the disenchanted youth of the 1990s. "Spoonman," the song that introduced the band to the masses is based on a street performer, who performs with spoons (and plays them on this song). "Limo Wreck" sounds a bit like "Mailman," with its heavy plodding Sabbath riff. But the song truly shines when Cornell belts out the song's title, for a fully satisfying climax. "The Day I Tried to Live" depicts the sadness one feels when attempts to venture out of ones shell to find happiness are not fulfilled. "Kickstand" is a very short, but sweet, ballsy rocker. "Fresh Tendrils" is an above-average, by-the-numbers rocker, but too good to be labeled "filler." Probably the album's bleakest, most menacing song, "4th of July" grinds and slugs along, but is captivating and thus never tedious. The album throws the listener a curve-ball with violas and cellos and World-Beat trimmings with "Half." While the title of the closing track "Like Suicide" may lead one to believe it's just another mid-90s clich¨¦d "woe-is-me" song, "Like Suicide" actually offers sympathy and understanding to someone battling depression. Over seven minutes in length and slow-paced, it would be easy for this song to get tiresome, but it doesn't.
Over 70 minutes in length, "Superunknown" is a long listen. Most albums of this length have a lot of filler, but "Superunknown" never suffers from this problem. "Superunknown" keeps the listener intrigued and interested all the way though. While many of the album's themes are dark and depressing, this album somehow isn't draining. Beneath the despair, there is hope.
I remember buying this album in the early summer of 1994, just as my tenure at Jr. High School ended. It was such a great time for music; Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, Alice In Chains, Nirvana (Cobain had only recently died), Rage Against the Machine, Hole...it was an exciting time and years before the likes of Fred Durst, Linkin Park and Creed...
While Pearl Jam and Nirvana are given a lion's share of the glory, Soundgarden should also be remembered as one of the best bands from the 90s. While it has been, as of this writing, almost twelve years since this album's release (God, I'm old) it is still too early to determine Soundgarden's legacy. Hopefully, ten years from now, kids will discover "Superunknown," the way the kids of my generation discovered Sabbath in the 1990s.
- Nirvana Who?
SOUNDGARDEN - Superunknown
In my eyes... this album is the defining moment of grunge-rock. Easily destroying anything released by either Nirvana or Pearl Jam during the mid-90's era. In fact, `grunge' aside lets just say this is pretty much the defining moment of Rock & Roll during the 90's.
There was always something special about this CD... having 4 of the industries most talented musicians certainly couldn't hurt... their unique, harder than normal, approach to grunge... which also had a much darker edge than many other grunge/rock bands of that era. What ever it is that caused this synthesis of music is irrelevant! I mean every song is a classic... all 15 songs. Even the so called filler track `half' is amazing.
Thayil's guitar playing was immaculate and creative, Shepard (Bass) and Cameron (Drums) were easily on of the best rhythm sections ever assembled. And Cornell's voice was as strong as a banshee, yet as graceful as an angel.
There are over 270 other reviews and this CD has a - 5 STAR - Rating overall.
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Favorite Songs: 4th of July, The Day I Tried to Live, Fell on Black Days and Like Suicide
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- "I still don't mind the change".............
Soundgarden fourth and best album, Superunknown, was released on march 8, 1994, exactly one month before Kurt Cobain too his life; so appropriately "Fell On Black Days" would encapsule the fate of grunge;this album, Stone Temple Pilots "Purple" and Alice In Chains self-titled "tripod" album are the genre's last stand. While all the grunge bands of the early 90's had great vocalists, Chris Cornell always stood out to me as the best pure singer; he can channel some and stand along with some of R&B's best singers at will, whether its hushed tones of Anita Baker and Shuggie Otis or the cathrtic wailing of Mary J. Blige and Marvin Gaye. But Cornell wouldn't be nearly as effective without that marvelous rhythm section backing him; while Nirvana gets most of the grunge pub, they couldn't walk in Soundgarden shoes on a straight up techincal basis. While the Orange County pop rock of bands like No Doubt and Green Day would eventually drown them out, they will never be forgotten....more info
- A Timeless Classic....
I'm really not going to say anything that hasn't been said before. What I will say is that this is one of the greatest grunge/alt rock albums ever. It's also one of the greatest and most important records of the 90's. Arguably their greatest achievement, Superunknown is a album that that should not be unknown to anyone. Chris Cornell once again shows why he is one of musics greatest songwriters and frontmen. Thats not too say the rest of Soundgarden doesn't pull their weight, because oh they do. Before listening to this record and badmotofinger, I didn't realize how good guitarist Kim Thayil actually is. He is amazing, and his playing style fits perfectly with Cornell's scratching and raspy voice. As much as I truly love Tom Morello and Audioslave, I almost think Cornell sounds better singing over Kim Thayil. Regardlesss, this is a fantastic album as everyone else has already stated numerous times. Your rock collection isn't complete unless you own this album. Can't go wrong with this time tested classic....more info
- Classic Album from 1994
Soundgarden was one of many great grunge bands in the early 90's, just like Nirvana they were from Seattle and had massive success, especially with this album, not their first but probably their best. "Superunknown" is very dark and depressing, ironically "Black Hole Sun" with the awesome video it had become the biggest hit ever for Soundgarden, I love that song but it wasn't the typical Soundgarden song. Singer Chris Cornell (Now Audioslave) and of Kim Thayil can both sing and play the guitar. I think Thayil is among the best guitarists of this era aswell, his dark heavy riffs suits this album perfect. "Spoonman" was another hit and a great song aswell, I also like "The Day I tried to Live" the title track and "Kiskstand" among others. There is a good mix of slow and fast rock songs on this album, Cornell can do them both. A very memorable rock album from 1994, probably one of the best of that year aswell....more info
Like another reviewer, I've been re-visiting grunge a lot lately. I can't think of any provocative reasons; maybe I'm just feeling a little nostalgic or something.
Anyway, "Superunknown" stands as one of the bigger pillars of 90's mainstream rock music. "Badmotorfinger" was a marginal hit, but it seems like Cornell & Co. finally decided to blow the world away eight years into their career in 1994 with this epic gem, their follow-up to the aforementioned '91 staple.
It's definitely more polished than any of their other albums, but since when is that a bad thing? I'm sick of people automatically equating rawness with greatness, 'cause this album provides the perfect evidence so support the contrary. This is definitely Soundgarden's best album.
I remember initially buying it for "Black Hole Sun" (remember that wicked video?), but the entire album is just great. Wanna hear the best vocal performance of the 90's? You won't find it on the Titanic soundtrack. Heavens, no. Just put "Superunknown" in your CD player and skip ahead to "Limo Wreck." Not too shabby, eh?
- One of My All-Time Favorites...A True Grunge Materpiece
This is seriously THE definitive grunge album by one of my favorite bands. Soundgarden was very much a Zeppelin/Sabbath inspired band, with brilliant song structures, wonderful songwriting, and an incredible singer - Chris Cornell. Soundgarden had been around since 1984 but split up in 1997 due to musical differences when their music had reached a softer, more mature sound that would be Down On The Upside. But Superunknown is truly one of their strongest, most hard rocking albums to date.
Let's take a look at the tracks:
1. Let Me Drown - My personal favorite, the opening song for this album is just killer. You've got Chris already weiling his vocals around the music, Matt Cameron's awesome percussion, Kim Thayil's ingenius guitar solo and Ben Shepard's heart-pumping bass work. A song like this should have gone down as true grunge in the alternative rock hall of fame.
2. My Wave - Love the bass line, the guitar work again is catchy, and Chris again gives a few good screams here and there. Shoulda been on the A-Sides hits collection.
3. Fell On Black Days - One of the softer-edged songs on this record. Has a great melody and a wonderful chorus. Some songs on here may take a few listens to appeciate, I would consider this one of those tracks. But overall, this is another great song by Soundgarden.
4. Mailman - This song was awesome when performed live; and it no different here in the record studio version. This is a much more steadily-paced hard rock song, Chris using his softer voice for the heavy guitars just sounds great.
5. Superunknown - A great example of Chris's singing ability. The chorus is very catchy and makes for a good song on a road trip. Listen to this song enough times you might just sing along!
6. Head Down - Some people consider this song filler but I don't think I'd look at this album the same without it. A much darker song with some accoustics and electric guitars. Chris's singing voice again sounds soft for most of the song, but as it builds up upon the climax of the song he'll sing louder, eventually reaching his signature scream. :) I also think this makes for a good track to hear before hearing this next song...
7. Black Hole Sun - A classic, this was actually (like many other people) the first time I had ever heard Soundgarden's music and Chris's singing ability back in 1994. It has a beautiful, airy guitar sound with a rock 'n' roll chorus. Not quite sure how to explain the song as a whole but it takes listening to it to really get what I mean. You won't regret it.
8. Spoonman - I remember my brother singing this song to me, I remember thinking he made it up cause it sounded silly. "Spoonman"? That is until I heard the killer rock song itself is when I realized how awesome it actually is. :)
9. Limo Wreck - I think this song is extremely under rated. Another favorite of mine with Chris's killer singing and Matt's drumming ability make this song worth quite a few listens.
10. The Day I Tried To Live - This song took me some time to grow into for some reason. But since I've really come to understand the sound of this song it has become another favorite of mine. It's one of those loud chorus-soft verse type songs; and they perform it incredibly on this amazing record.
11. Kickstand - Don't be fooled by the fact this song is one minute - this song rocks fast and rocks hard for a solid minute and 34 seconds. You'll just have to hear it for yourself to really get the gist of what I mean.
12. Fresh Tendrils - I used to look at this song the wrong way and thought it said, "Fresh Entrails." Eww. Anyway, this song is probably another one of those overlooked songs. Has a deep (but slightly softer) rocking sound, an echoey singing performance by Cornell, and...well, don't miss out! :P
13. 4th of July - VERY distorted guitar sound, much darker song (lyrically) and typically another great song with Cornell's vocals. I forgot to mention the way the album is structured (again, lyrically) each song just gets darker as it goes on. Not only is it Soundgarden's darkest albums but I would say one of the darkest albums I've ever heard. Not that that makes it the best record ever, I'm just saying! :P
14. Half - It's easy to assume this is a filler song, but again, I don't think I'd see (or hear) this album the same without it. Has an eastern guitar sound for about half (get it? HALF) of the song, while the other half sounds Pink Floyd-ish with the soft, echoey guitar sound in closing. Sounds really nice.
15. Like Suicide - Well...here's the closing song. Another sort of build-up song structure, but a good one at that. Not sure what else to say other than it's another dark song about...dark stuff. There's also an accoustic version in their EP, "Songs From The Superunknown" if you're interested.
Well, in closing to this review, I would like to say if you even like any music relating to rock or hard rock in any way whatsoever, get this album! You won't regret it; and even if you did, you could always sell it on ebay and buy yourself an ice cream. :P
Be sure to check out Soundgarden's other records; I did and I ended up getting them all - and they're all great! Amazing!
Get this album! It's great!...more info
- One of the best albums of the grunge era
Soundgarden's Superunknown is easily their best album and one of the five best albums of the grunge era. While their previous album Badmotorfinger relied more on heavy riffs and all-out aggression, Superunknown added a much needed sense of melody to their sound. As a result, the album made them superstars. This would also be their peak as the band would call it quits just three years later.
Superunknown plays like a long highlight and has no weak moments. Whether it's the Zeppelin-like riffs of the opener "Let Me Drown" and "Spoonman" or the thick majestic riffs of "My Wave" and "Mailman", the album captures you by the throat and doesn't let go. Chris Cornell's vocals are among the distinctive of the genre and his performance shines throughout the album. While all of the aforementioned tracks received strong airplay on modern rock radio, it's the band's newfound sense of melody that takes the album to another level. "The Day I Tried To Live" and "Fell On Black Days" are among the most melodic rock songs of the era and have aged very well. "Black Hole Sun", with its Beatlesque arrangements, would become the band's biggest hit and would even crossover to Top 40 radio. The gloom and doom of their past releases are not ignored as the slow Sabbath-like riffs of "4th of July", "Limo Wreck", and "Like Suicide" will testify. Following the lead of "Black Hole Sun", the tracks "Half" and "Head Down" show Soundgarden digging deep into psychedelia with impressive results. The remaining tracks, the mid-tempo "Fresh Tendrils" and the furious "Kickstand", are also very good. Simply put, if you love the grunge music of the early to mid-90's or enjoy the melodic riffs of Cornell's current band Audioslave, Superunknown is a must have. Highly recommended. ...more info
- Superknown Album
I'm not even a big Soundgarden fan, but I have to give this album props, definitely a top 5 90's album.
5 big, widely appealing hard rock singles in "Black Hole Sun," "My Wave," "Fell On Black Days," "Spoonman," and "The Day I Tried To Live," impressive.
I remember Soundgarden being one of the first bands to market themselves on CD's that would play videos (on your PC). Watching the videos and interactive CD they released for this album, on my old Mac Performa in 1995 (with 4MB's of memory!) made the album stick with me. It was as good as anything put out today on DVD.
Soundgarden's crowning achievement.
- Mutton Man's review of Soundgarden's "Superunknown" :P
Haha... "Creed invented grunge"... "Soundgarden created grunge." Well, "grunge" dates back as far as Neil Young's hey-day (hence Young hailed as the "Godfather of grunge"). Young (along with Crazy Horse) were up and runnin' back during the '60s and '70s. But idiots like the two (err, maybe just that one...) below me probably don't care and are just doin' this for fun. Anywho, can't be too sure...
Hmm, dunno what to say about Soundgarden's epic "Superunknown." What's been said has already been said. Is there really any need for me to sound like just about everyone else here? Oh well, I'll try to make this review short.
"Superunknown" is often hailed as Soundgarden's masterpiece. Just about everyone says it from the Amazon.com reviewers here to "professional" critics. I would also call this Soundgarden's masterpiece just because of its droning, sludgey, and apocalyptic sound reminescent of Black Sabbath tunes, with a dash of psychedelic rock. You really hear Sabbath's influence on this album. The infamous "Black Hole Sun" was a favorite ten years ago. Just about everyone loved the track. While it may not be the best track here, it certainly resurrects what Robert De Niro's character in "Taxi Driver" wants. Wash away all the filth on this planet.
This theme is also similar to Tool's "AEnima" song. Remember? "Some say we'll see armageddon soon... I certainly hope we will 'cause I sure could use a vacation from this." That's just how "Black Hole Sun" seems to be about. Chris Cornell just disgusted with the world. But then things come tumbling down for the worse once "4th of July" comes on. Well... seems like many of us wish for a better world to live in. Doesn't seem to come anytime soon, and songs like those found in "Superunknown" seem to only tell us that the end is near... and perhaps it'll be caused by nuclear warfare.
Depression, lost love, suicide, nuclear bombs goin' off, death... these themes (among others) make-up what is their darkest album. Not as fast as their earlier stuff, but just as great and perhaps even better. This is truly rock music at its peak during the '90s, and it never was this good again. Not just a great "grunge" album, but a fantastic and amazing rock album that deserves to be called "a classic."...more info
- I'm the wreck of you
Soundgarden is one of those bands that everyone who enjoys rock has a soft spot for. They were far ahead of their time and Superunknown will no doubt serve as one of rock's greatest albums of all time. From the classic sound of Let Me Drown to they're immensely popular Black Hole Sun to the fast paced Kickstand, this album has no low points. There were a lot of stellar frontmen to come out in the 90s, most noteably Ed Vedder of Pearl Jam and Scott Weiland of Stone Temple Pilots, but Chris Cornell deserves every bit as much credit as Ed and Scott get. Chris' voice is very distinctive and has such range, any band would be lucky to have him. But Chris isn't the only worthy member, Matt Cameron, now with Pearl Jam, is amazing on the drums, Kim Thayil is great on guitar, and while the bass isn't extremely prominent, Ben Shepherd is still good. Superunknown actually feels like a Greatest Hits collection than anything else, so that's proof enough that this CD is wonderful.
Let Me Drown is an excellent way to start, with Soundgarden providing the sound everyone loves so much. I don't think I've heard a single recording where Chris didn't sound completely on his game, this CD is no different. His voice is exactly the tone it should be on each song and the band plays to his strengths better than any band I've heard. Fell On Black Days is a down played song that really kicks in when Chris starts his trademark singing. The title track, Superunknown, starts off with an insanely catchy guitar part and doesn't let up from there. I don't know why this song wasn't as well recieved as Black Hole Sun because in my opinion this song is far better in comparison. Everyone has surely heard the aforementioned Black Hole Sun and Spoonman at least once. Spoonman is the better of the two for me because it sounds so different. Plus the way the verses are done is as catchy as can be. Limo Wreck is probably my favorite song featured. I think lyrically it's the one of the stronger songs and once you get past the 1:40 mark it really picks up to just an astounding song. The Day I Tried To Live is no doubt a highlight in the Soundgarden catalog. Everyone I know loves it and really, you can't praise the song enough. The lyrics are fairly inspirational and Chris' voice is top notch. Any good things that have been said about this track are rightfully deserved. Kickstand is one of the shortest, fastest songs on here yet it still feels complete, and that's always a major plus. Fresh Tendrils flows like no other song on Superunknown. The verses have such a great guitar melody with Chris giving a very catchy vocal performance. Like Suicide ends the CD quite eerily. The guitars part consists of a simple melody and the drums are nothing complicated while Chris delivers some excellent lyrics. It's a good way to finish out.
My favorite songs are Let Me Drown, Superunknown, Limo Wreck, The Day I Tried To Live, and Fresh Tendrils. With an abundant 15 tracks, it's hard to believe that Superunknown contains no real duds. If you appreciate rock you're sure to love this, and there's nothing else that can be said that hasn't already been said about it....more info
- This wound up making me fall on black days
I remember hearing "Spoonman" the first time in Feb. of 94, and it was at a time where I was still feeling strong about myself, and this stuff wouldn't affect me, so when I bought this 10 days after it's release I thouroughly enjoyed it; mind you a couple of these songs I really hated from first hear, and the one I really did was "Black Hole Sun". I hated it because it made me feel rather weak when hearing it; I was fighting alot of things to show how strong I was, and that I wasn't going to let a stupid song bother me that bad. However, I found out I wasn't a match for it; it's dreamyscape intro to the song, and the idyllic feel of nothing good, or bad happening in life I couldn't handle it as I just found it to be too zen-like, and to me that's almost as bad as being stoic.Being stoic is like being without passion, and I know that when looking it up in a thesaurus there are two fruits of the spirit there which are long-suffering, and patient. However, that's as far as it will go, and unfortunately, I found many Christians to be that way which was the route I started taking the second half of 94, and then there was the zen-like part which I never really believed in because I knew that life you could never reach that state. I look back that I wanted to believe that Jesus was the answer because I really couldn't see it any other way, but the behavior of many Christians made me feel that it's not to be trusted because they don't sound like they care about your problems, but just gave you tracts, and left it up to you, and I wish that someone would've taken the time with me. I actuallly like Weird Al Yankovic's version better, and I just wrote it off as an annoying mosquito, but by the summer of 94 I wound up going in a nasty 180 that found me fighting with all my strength, and power, and found that it wasn't working anymore, and anytime I heard this song anymore it made me an emotional cripple. I wasn't ready to go to Christ yet because I was still angry at a Christian at the time, but it kept dragging me down further and further. I know it finally drove me to tears because I couldn't hang on any further. I know that I found both Christians and Non Christians treated me the same, and it made me feel isolated, and alone. I know when I heard "Fell On Black Days" I pretty ignored it at first I know the intro was very meanacing, and made me kind of enjoyed listening, but by the summer I now found it to be just as depressing as "Black Hole Sun". I feel that this album was one that straddled between my old life of independence, happy-go-lucky, and the other side which was depression, anger, jealousy, pride, and weakness. The other I hated from first hear was "My Wave" which was a terrible song. I know it kicks off with "Let Me Drown", but then it takes till "Mailman" and the title cut to bring it back into focus. "Head Down" is awesome; I can only think of that word to describe the song. It has late 1966 early 1967 written all over it, and it's a mindblower, the other mindblower is "Fourth Of July", and this song was even more meatier. I have a fantasy of doing a video of that song where it would begin with a couple making out to Mariah Carey's "Dreamlover", and hearing all the laughing going on while the song's playing, and then all of a sudden you hear a gunshot, and the stereo's blown out, and then you get to playing the song, and the bad person who's dressed in a deputy's uniform chases the woman through the area. The rest is just there, so pretty much it's in someways thier best album since "Ultramega U.K", but it still lacks the main ingredient to make a classic album. ...more info