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Louder Than Love

SoundgardenAudio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 24, 1989)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: A&M
  • ASIN: B000002GIH
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #52,899 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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64 of 69 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My Favorite Soundgarded Record May 10, 2000
By D. Read
Format:Audio CD
This has always been my favorite Soundgarden record. I am a fan of their later work (especially Superunknown and Badmotorfinger), but this record contains a rawness and vitality that their more polished later stuff lacks. Louder Than Love straddles the two major periods in Soundgarden's career: their earlier, less-metal sounding work (e.g. Ultramega OK and Screaming Life/Fop) and their later more-metal sounding work, epitomized by the aforementioned Superunknown and Badmotorfinger. Louder Than Love contains the elements of both of these periods.
This music is raw and angry, and the lyrics are more biting. It's closer to a punk rock record. Very much in the spirit of many other SST bands (SST is the label that Soundgarden was on prior to this Louder Than Love, which is their first record for a major label). You won't find any "Black Hole Sun" type songs on here.
There are so many good songs on this record. "Ugly Truth" has to be my favorite. "Big Dumb Sex" is also a favorite. It's an awesome indictment of all of those terrible 80's sexual inuendo glam-metal songs (such as Warrant's "Cherry Pie").
If you have not been exposed to Soundgarden's earlier work, then this is the place to start. Ultramega OK and Screaming Life/Fop are even more raw and punk than this, which makes Louder Than Love a great transition for the unitiated. The first thing that many late-Soundgarden fans have to get used to is that Cornell's voice is less developed and polished here. Any Soundgarden fan, however, should own this record. As I said, in my book it's their best.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars monument in molten metal February 3, 2006
Format:Audio CD
This album changed my life. I hated most all heavy music that came out after _Master of Puppets_ . . . until this. And then it was grunge grunge grunge. I thought the grunge thing was a clever way for marketers to call Soundgarden something other than metal, as this stuff is about as metal as you could ever get. Lots of hair, bludgeoning riffs, high high screamy voice, guitar shredding: everything except the hairspray, spandex, and songs about scoring chicks (notable exception: "Big Dumb Sex," the perfect parody of the hair scene--"Know what to do,/ I'm gonna f**k, f**k, f**k, f**k you). Not to say it doesn't do things that metal had never done, 'coz it does, assuring it its rightful place in the metal pantheon.

First off, Chris Cornell's lyrics are not your typical hormonal metal chants. Some of these are diatribes. "Hands All Over" rains down hard on globalization, using abstraction to get his point across in an intellectual way: "Hands all over the coastal waters./ The crewmen thank her,/ then lay down their oily blanket." Light years beyond AC/DC. The immediate parallel is of course Zeppelin. And of course Soundgarden owes them a huge debt (what rock band after them doesn't?). What I find differentiates Soundgarden from Zep more than anything is Thayil's guitar. Listen close and at times his guitar sounds positively Farsi or raga, not always in the controlled way you hear white bands play when they are trying to be "world," but in a way that sounds like him taking his Iranian upbringing and putting it through a filter of rage. I also love his use of harmonics. Few guitarists are as good at making the instrument sound as scary as an exorcism.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Their Ugliest November 13, 2005
Format:Audio CD
I picked up this album and Ultramega OK on the same day at a used CD shop in my hometown years ago. While Ultramega hit me first, this album is just as good, and a little more consistent. The original, scrapped title fits this album a bit better in my personal opinion because indeed this album is HEAVY.

Actually, it's the band's most unapologetically heavy disc, with Badmotorfinger a close second (I think that the production on Badmotorfinger helps it sound as heavy as it does). The production on this album is a bit murky, but it completely adds to it's charm as far as I'm concerned. When you hear the double guitars come crashing in at the beginning of "Ugly Truth" you know the 80's are pretty much over forever.

Soundgarden is one of my all-time favourite bands, and their pre-1990's era is their best in my own estimation. As good as the last 3 albums are, their first 3 (if you count Screaming Life/Fopp as one) are the iconoclast of big, loud rock with HUGE balls. Early Cornell and Mike Patton constantly jockey for position in my mind as the top rock vocalist of all time and there's no clear winner. In fact Soundgarden toured with Faith No More on this album... and I can't even begin to imagine how awesome that would have been.

These guys had actually been signed to a major for a couple of years before this album hit, but chose to release earlier material on indie labels, probably to build a local/indie following. Regardless this album came out at a time when the industry needed a fresh start and Soundgarden delivers. A little too metal for the punks and a little too punk for the metal-heads, it wasn't a huge seller but classic riffs abound on this pile of sludge. In fact, "Loud Love" is based on one of the best rock riffs ever!
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Published 4 days ago by chad bowman
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent! Very good!
Published 16 days ago by Rafael - Brazil
5.0 out of 5 stars one of my fav cds
this cd is so underrated and NEEDS TO BE HEARD!! Chris Cornells voice is sooo amazing! not just Chris but everyone sounds great.
Published 22 days ago by elizabeth araujo
5.0 out of 5 stars Great album. Soundgarden has always been one of my ...
I've been wanting to get this album for quite a while. Great album. Soundgarden has always been one of my favorite bands.
Published 2 months ago by Eric W. Day
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
love it
Published 3 months ago by Diego Rodriguez
4.0 out of 5 stars Sounds great
The case was a little bit worn, but otherwise all else was as it should be. Disc and music played great.
Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great buy
Love anything Soundgarden does and especially enjoy hearing Chris Cornell's awesome voice. Ordered this for my son but I listen to it on my way to work also.
Published 9 months ago by Karen M Freyermuth
5.0 out of 5 stars Must Have For Soundgarden Fans
Older album shows how the band was able to capture a strong following so quickly in the Seattle scene. Solid performance with fairly good recording quality.
Published 10 months ago by P. Collins
5.0 out of 5 stars Solid, heavy, and a good base for anyone putting together a collection...
I lived out in Olympia Washington when Green River, Mother Love Bone, Mudhoney, were kicking it. This is a great, raw, version of early Soundgarden. Read more
Published 11 months ago by SteveM4
5.0 out of 5 stars Soundgarden Louder than Love
I am a huge Soundgarden fan. This was the first CD I owned. It was lost during a move and I was happy to find it again on Amazon for a great price.
Published 15 months ago by Dawn Beloitt
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