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Disregard reviews that compare this album with Superunknown or Badmotorfinger. You simply can't compare this (or "Louder than Love" for that matter) with their later works. It's like comparing Dark Side of the Moon with The Wall and declaring one inferior.
Listen to the samples and judge for yourself. In my humble opinion this is one black, hard, and raw album and also happens to be one the best rock-n-roll records of the 1980s.
you can really hear the ungodly amazingly excellent guitar playing of kim thayil on their cover of "smokestack lightning." tracks like "nazi driver" will make you want to kill someone or break something.
i would reccomend this album to anyone.
The production values are a bit noticeable here, as they lack a full bodied hit that their later albums had (remaster?). Despite this, don't let this get you down, because through songwriting they make these go away. The band here flogs through songs with speed and the wailing vocals of Chris Cornell, with pounding drums, dark guitar riffs, and an overall dark mood. Yes, it's much different from their other work, but then again, if you really know Soundgarden, you know that no work they do is alike, as it shows that they were willing to try new things and keep on progressing and expanding their own sound. So really, it's a new experience either way.
1. Flower-First single off the album. After an ethereal intro, the song has a very low, chunky, and sometimes gurgling groove drawn by the guitar. A great opener and a prime example how they can turn a basic set up into a four man orchestra of sound.
2. All Your Lies-A rather exhilarating track, filled with punk speed and soaring guitar riffs.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Despite being one of the first full-length albums from Soundgarden, it's quite well done. I'd love it if they would do a Remaster though, some of the songs aren't mixed too well. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Kurt Thrasher
Great album and intro to Soundgarden, my only gripe is that it is so hard to find on CD. The tape is fairly common, but to find on disc is ridiculous. Read morePublished 18 months ago by ReviewsStuff321
Soundgarden was definitely one of the big bands of my youth. While I liked them I didn't appreciate them like I've come to as I've gotten older. Read morePublished on June 21, 2014 by Metalhammer