(1993) Down On The Upside

Soundgarden

... read moreSuperunknown 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...

01:05′:55″ 16 Songs

1
Soundgarden
Pretty Noose
4:12
2
Soundgarden
Rhinosaur
3:14
3
Soundgarden
Zero Chance
4:18
4
Soundgarden
Dusty
4:34
5
Soundgarden
Ty Cobb
3:05
6
Soundgarden
Blow Up The Outside World
5:46
7
Soundgarden
Burden In My Hand
4:50
8
Soundgarden
Never Named
2:28
9
Soundgarden
Applebite
5:10
10
Soundgarden
Never The Machine Forever
3:36
11
Soundgarden
Tighter & Tighter
6:06
12
Soundgarden
No Attention
4:27
13
Soundgarden
Switch Opens
3:53
14
Soundgarden
Overfloater
5:09
15
Soundgarden
An Unkind
2:08
16
Soundgarden
Boot Camp
2:59
Released 03 May 1993, ℗ 1996 UMG Recordings, Inc.

Review

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