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March 8, 1994

Song Title
Let Me Drown
My Wave
Fell On Black Days
Head Down
Black Hole Sun
Limo Wreck
The Day I Tried To Live
Fresh Tendrils
4th Of July
Like Suicide

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  • Total Length: 1:10:07
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  • ASIN: B000W020O2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (370 customer reviews)
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90 of 99 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply the best October 20, 2001
Format:Audio CD
I've listened to lots of music, and "Superunknown" doubtlessly stands as arguably the best album I have ever heard. Visionary, perfectly executed and technically impeccable, Soundgarden set the standard for dark hard rock with this one. I can't really think of a place to start in praising this album, but Chris Cornell's vocals are as good a place as any. From the hushed tones of "Fell on Black Days" to the cathartic wailing of tunes like "My Wave" and the propulsive singing of "Fourth of July," Cornell can simply do it all. His dark, churning, guitar riffs, aided by Kim Thayil's soaring, distorted solos, complete the powerful atmosphere of these songs. Add in Matt Cameron's nimble and inventive drumwork and the result is a musical masterpiece. The variety of this album is also noteworthy, as it mixes hard rockers like the opening double shot of "Let Me Drown" and "My Wave" with slower, more melodic numbers like the hits "Fell on Black Days" and "The Day I Tried To Live." The megahit "Black Hole Sun," while a strong song, is easily the worst track on the album, with the exception of the filler track "Half." "Superunknown" boasts all that serious music fans could possibly want, from creativity to technical precision to complex arrangements to a truly masterful and powerful overall vocal performance from Chris Cornell. A masterpiece in every sense of the word.
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50 of 57 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Soundgarden's greatest album February 14, 2006
Format:Audio CD
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.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Dark Masterpiece August 31, 2001
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Format:Audio CD
Whoa. If you're in a good, optimistic mood and you want to stay that way, don't listen to this album. You'll be running for the razors in no time. Fortunately, Soundgarden fans like myself recognize the unmistakable brilliance of Cornell's pitch-black lyrics, Thayil's guitaring genius, Shepherd's throbbing bass and Cameron's fantastically tight drumming. All are truly on show in this, their best album, a balance between the best elements of the faster, harder Badmotorfinger and the slightly more mellow Down On The Upside.
Forget the popular tracks "Black Hole Sun" and "Spoonman", the true highlights of this album include "Let Me Drown", "My Wave", "Superunknown", "Limo Wreck", "The Day I Tried To Live", "Fresh Tendrils" and the darkly brilliant "Head Down". Awash with cynical lyrics and complex, crashing guitars, there is no better way to experience the music of one of the best and most unique bands of the 90's.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It doesn't get any better than this October 8, 1998
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Format:Audio CD
There are so many great tracks on this album, I couldn't even mention them all. One of the truly front to back albums ever made, Superunknown may only be rivaled in strength by Pearl Jam's Ten. Of course, the radio songs like Black Hole Sun, My Wave, and Spoonman, are great, but Soundgarden's real greatness is shown in some of its lesser known tracks. Shepard's distorted lyrics in Half are simply ominous, while Cornell provides the listener with dreadful pleasure in Limo Wreck, Fell on Black Days and The Day I tried to Live. Like Suicide, the final track, is perhaps the most disturbing song of all, and makes one wonder what goes through Chris Cornell's mind when he's all alone. But if there's one song to play over and again, its the self-flagellating Fresh Tendrils, which moves with a taut rage that only Soundgarden could deliver. If you haven't bought this album, you're missing out on a rare and powerful musical experience that comes around more seldom than does Halley's Comet.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great
hands down, sound garden's finest album right before they imploded, thru ego and self-importance. get this album (no matter what yhour genre may be) and you've got yourself an... Read more
Published 6 days ago by MnL
5.0 out of 5 stars The real deal.
Loved them since Hero was in the band. The last album has it's moments but can't touch this.
Bad motor finger is hands down the cream of the crop, this comes in a close... Read more
Published 17 days ago by Star Man
5.0 out of 5 stars Take me back.
Yeah! This took me back in the day when Soundgarden was hitting the charts left and right with 'Superunknown'. It took me back to those days.
Published 20 days ago by D4N3R5
5.0 out of 5 stars what a great release.
Soundgarden to me was one of the best bands to come from an era when music was exciting and on the cutting-edge. Highly recommend this album to purchase and add to your collection.
Published 1 month ago by Graham
5.0 out of 5 stars Best work
I really really trembling when hear that work, you can feel all the alternative groove on that CD, all different sound until our days.
Published 1 month ago by Carlos Rodriguez
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding from top to bottom
Every song is phenomenal. Meaningful and powerful lyrics....insane riffs....some of the best drumming you will ever here. What else could you look for on a record? Read more
Published 2 months ago by Chi_11
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the greatest albums of the 90s
I lost a lot of music when I moved and this is one album I cannot do without. It is a must-have for anyone that appreciates amazing lyrics and great sound.
Published 2 months ago by Linda Gaines
5.0 out of 5 stars I mean...
It's Superunknown, arguably Soundgarden's best album (along with Badmotorfinger). So if you like Soundgarden then this is a great album. Fin.
Published 2 months ago by J. R. Herrick
4.0 out of 5 stars Good From Start to Finish
I love 90's rock and this one doesn't disappoint. I liked this band in the 90's but never purchased this album so it was like new to me. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Chris Neelon
5.0 out of 5 stars Raw power that grows and grows
I'm probably older than most of the reviewers out here, having grown up in the 70s listening to Zeppelin, Sabbath, Hendrix, Neil Young, etc. Read more
Published 2 months ago by LackOfDiscipline
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