Automotive Deals HPCC Amazon Fashion Learn more Discover it Look Park Fire TV Stick Happy Belly Coffee Handmade school supplies Shop-by-Room Amazon Cash Back Offer TarantinoCollection TarantinoCollection TarantinoCollection  Amazon Echo  Echo Dot  Amazon Tap  Echo Dot  Amazon Tap  Amazon Echo Starting at $49.99 All-New Kindle Oasis Enter for the chance to win front row seats to Barbra Streisand Water Sports
Customer Review

89 of 95 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Toast of Seattle -- "Just music to make music", May 29, 2000
This review is from: Temple Of The Dog (Audio CD)
In a lesser fashion than, say, Pearl Jam's Ten, "Temple of the Dog" may have spawned an early half-decade of grunge cookie-cutter bands like Bush and Seven Mary Three. Enamored in Seattle glory and mystique, "Temple of the Dog" was comprised of three future Pearl Jam members and fellow Soundgarden rockers Chris Cornell and drummer Matt Cameron.

It begins with a sweet tribute to Andrew Wood, late lead singer of former Seattle band Mother Love Bone. Cornell, who wrote both music and lyrics for a large chunk of this album, mostly runs the show. Always achingly personal, with a raging Robert Plant-like voice to back up his strong emotions, Cornell is an artist's artist.

"Reach Down" is over 11 minutes of plodding guitars and bombastic grunge rhythm, with Cornell screaming like Seattle is his oyster: "You gotta reach down/And pick the crowd up!" he wails. "Hunger Strike," with its beautiful lyrics and tunefulness, plus Eddie Vedder's great vocal contribution, seems destined for classic-rock status. There's not a bad song on this entire record, as the band combines quiet introspection with reflective lyrics on songs like "Call Me a Dog," "Times of Trouble" and the heartfelt "Wooden Jesus." Truly great Seattle grunge music was never dumb music, and these tunes prove that with sincere emotion and thinking-man's lyrics.

If Temple of the Dog were "spontaneous" and practically thrown together (the band's words), it's scary to wonder the depths of the band's sound had it taken its time or experimented more musically. This project further demonstrates the amazing talent and creativity that came out of Seattle before the world crashed in on that private music scene. Temple of the Dog may never reform, but its lone record made a huge impact and is thankfully here to enjoy.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No

[Add comment]
Post a comment
To insert a product link use the format: [[ASIN:ASIN product-title]] (What's this?)
Amazon will display this name with all your submissions, including reviews and discussion posts. (Learn more)
Name:
Badge:
This badge will be assigned to you and will appear along with your name.
There was an error. Please try again.
Please see the full guidelines here.

Official Comment

As a representative of this product you can post one Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.   Learn more
The following name and badge will be shown with this comment:
 (edit name)
After clicking the Post button you will be asked to create your public name, which will be shown with all your contributions.

Is this your product?

If you are the author, artist, manufacturer or an official representative of this product, you can post an Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.  Learn more
Otherwise, you can still post a regular comment on this review.

Is this your product?

If you are the author, artist, manufacturer or an official representative of this product, you can post an Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.   Learn more
 
System timed out

We were unable to verify whether you represent the product. Please try again later, or retry now. Otherwise you can post a regular comment.

Since you previously posted an Official Comment, this comment will appear in the comment section below. You also have the option to edit your Official Comment.   Learn more
The maximum number of Official Comments have been posted. This comment will appear in the comment section below.   Learn more
Prompts for sign-in
  [Cancel]

Comments

Track comments by e-mail

Sort: Oldest first | Newest first
Showing 1-2 of 2 posts in this discussion
Initial post: May 2, 2007 9:11:47 PM PDT
Suzanne says:
I was with you up until the part about "great grunge was never dumb music like 80's metal". To be fair, 80's hair metal could barely be called music as it was 85% image and 15% music. Even the "best" bands of that genre didn't do their best work until they shed the glam image.

However, REAL 80's metal - IE, the underground stuff - produced some incredibly intelligent music (maybe not as intelligent lyrics, but truly intelligent music). Even though they've become cliche' now, Metallica's 80's output is still incredible if taken in context. They were experimenting with compositional ideas that hadn't been used in popular music for a long, long time. They almost had a progressive style but still embodied metal.

On the heavier front, the underground death metal movement begain experimenting with even more radical musical ideas. And even Iron Maiden - whose image may be really silly - are still a musical force to be reckoned with. I don't know of another band that has written more memorable melodies and hooks throughout the years as they have.

So don't be so quick to put down 80s metal. Throughout the years, metal has been one of the few genres to continually progress and evolve and take on more and more complex musical ideas. It's not the dumb, testosterone fueled genre it was 30 years ago. As intense as it may get, the best of it is also really intelligent too.

In reply to an earlier post on May 31, 2007 8:34:49 AM PDT
Sal Nudo says:
Agreed! I actually wrote this review a long time ago, and now have a soft spot in my heart for '80s metal. In fact, I miss it! Thanks for the comment,

Sal
‹ Previous 1 Next ›

Review Details

Item

Reviewer

Sal Nudo
(VINE VOICE)   

Location: Champaign, Illinois

Top Reviewer Ranking: 11,606