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Media Type: CD
Artist: SOUNDGARDEN
Title: BADMOTORFINGER
Street Release Date: 10/08/1991
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Genre: ROCK/POP
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 8, 1991)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: A&M
  • ASIN: B000002GK1
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (234 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,154 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Before the team of Chris Cornell (vocals), Kim Thayil (lead guitar), Ben Shepard (bass), and Matt Cameron (drums) made their biggest commercial breakthrough in the classic Superunknown, they released perhaps one of the hardest, rawest, most metallic records out of Seattle. That album is Badmotorfinger, released in 1991.
Badmotorfinger is perhaps Soundgarden at their prime--a tumultous, pummeling titan equal parts Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin, with a psychedelic metal tinge. The punky tendencies of the band's earlier material are not present here, except in the two-minute long Face Pollution and Drawing Flies. Most of the songs are 4 minutes or longer, and the band shines in this epic style. Cornell shreds his voice with some of the most impressive wails this side of Robert Plant, Thayil unleashes some suprisingly technical riffs (Rusty Cage is just insane!), and the rhythm duo of Shepard and Cameron is fast, tight, and focused. Odd time signatures are employed to full effect (ex. Outshined, Jesus Christ Pose). I love how the band was experimenting with new ideas, such as horns.
There is not a spot of filler anywhere on the album, at least not to my ear. Everything is excellent, though I'd have to single out the crushing epic Slaves And Bulldozers, the fast-riffing Drawing Flies, and the rolling thunder of Room A Thousand Years Wide as faves.
This is Soundgarden unfiltered--people who love the band for Black Hole Sun probably won't immediately like this harder and less commercial Soundgarden. However, it is every bit the equal of the masterful Superunknown. As good as the other records of 1991 were--Ten, Nevermind, Blood Sugar Sex Magik--Badmotorfinger simply "outshines" them all. Highly reccommended.
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This whole album is exceptional, but you have to really like heavy, grinding rock to appreciate it the whole way through. Soundgarden's breakthrough, "Badmotorfinger," is an hour's worth of some of the heaviest music to explode out of Seattle in the early 1990s. When it began, Soundgarden was hungry, musically brash and fluent at hardcore grunge riffs, speed metal and even fast punk. Like many of its Seattle contemporaries, Soundgarden had integrity, a shield that kept the crassness of the music industry biz at bay. The band stood above hype and overwrought marketing to create tunes like "Rusty Cage," "Outshined" and "Jesus Christ Pose," well-known and vintage Seattle rock from the early '90s. "Outshined" might outshine them all, a dark, chugging song that conveys singer Chris Cornell's bleak outlook of making it big. It's a big, loud, guitar-driven rock song with screaming vocals, but also contains soft vocals at certain interludes to give the song an unexpected melodic tone.

The comparison of Led Zeppelin + Black Sabbath = Soundgarden is pretty accurate. Cornell has a Robert Plant-like voice in terms of range and depth, but it's shaded darker and comes off as more brooding. As hard as these guys were on their early albums, the riffs were complex enough to stand out from the headbanging crowd, while Cornell added his own melodic muse to the mix, making for a very interesting band. This album is filled with epic grunge/metal songs built to last. The dirge riffs of "Slaves and Bulldozers" go on for seven minutes, while Cornell sings like a man possessed -- God only knows how he hits those high notes. Like Zeppelin, these guys weren't afraid to stretch out their songs.
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This is Soundgarden at their peak -- it's Superunknown minus the pop sheen. Cornell's range is twisted to superhuman heights. Thayil, as usual, comes up with some awesome colors and riffs. Ben and Matt lock-in and ride a groove like a freight train.
The album definitely has a particular "sound" to it that underscores every song: It is aggressive, heavy and raw, and yet it is also refined, complex and cerebral. Cornell's lyrics are never simply sung, but rather delivered like the gospel of hard rock.
Jesus Christ Pose is perhaps the best single performance of the decade by a four-piece rock band. Searching With My Good Eye Closed sounds like a muscled up renovation of Into the Void. Johnny Cash covered Rusty Cage which is about all that needs to be said about that song.
There are several other classics on the album. If you haven't heard this album, you can't fully appreciate Soundgarden's genius.
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Badmotorfinger (1991.), Soundgarden's third studio album

Soundgarden were one of the great rock acts of the 1990's, achieving widespread popularity by the middle of the decade with the release of the multiplatinum-selling album, 'Superunknown'. However, the reality is that Soundgarden had been around a great deal longer than most people realised, originally forming in the mid-1980's. They were one of the original Seattle bands who started the whole grunge rock concept which would become mainstream in the early 90's. 'Badmotorfinger', Soundgardens' third studio album, released in 1991 was the first big break for the band as it was their first release under a major label, A&M records and what a major label debut it was .....

'Badmotorfinger' to put it simply is one of the heaviest albums I own in my collection. Before I bought this album, the only Soundgarden record that I owned was 'Superunknown' and it was one of my favourite albums. To put things in context, I think that 'Badmotorfinger' is BETTER than 'Superunknown', showing really how masterful this album is. This is Soundgarden at their heaviest or even more, it is grunge at its heaviest. With this album, the band combine Led Zeppelin-like sounds with the powerful, sludgy riffs of 70's Black Sabbath to come up with something amazing. The album is dark, uncompromising and angry for the most part and is the perfect thing to listen to if you've had a tense or bad day! This is Soundgarden at their most aggressive and raw - listening to Chris Cornell's screams in some of the songs shows this clearly as does Kim Thayil's powerful riffing right the way through the album.
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