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on November 12, 2002
Before Pearl Jam came out with their first album and soundgarden really established themselves, they recorded this excellent tribute album to the recently deceased Andrew Wood of Mother Love Bone.
With all the emotion involved, the members of Pearl Jam and Soundgarden united to create a truly amazing rock/grunge album.
The first track "Say Hello 2 Heaven" is a brilliant song with Cornell adding just the right amount of soul and tilt to the vocals. Excellent lyrics such as "words never listen and teachers never learn." Bolstered by a killer Mike McCready guiatr solo this is one of the best songs on the album.
Next comes the monster "Reach Down" with 11 minutes of guitar pyrotechniques by Stone Gossard and McCready. Cornell absolutely WAILS on this song with his unbelievable vocal range. If you dig long and loud guitar solos this is a great song, if you enjoy more punchier and concise solos this is most likely boring and you'll like the next song much better.
"Hunger Strike" follows next with the excellent interplay between Eddie Vedder and Chris Cornell. This is the one song most people remember from this album mainly because it's played on the radio. It is a great song but a bit overrated.
Temple continues on with the rock atmosphere with "Pushin' Forward Back." This sounds like a demo from Pearl Jam's "Ten" with the soaring guitars and driving drums. The fake ending is a nice suprise too.
"Call Me a Dog" is a decent power ballad. Mike's solo is the high point and the song really builds to greatness at the end.
"Times of Trouble" is a blatant reference to Andrew Wood's drug problems which eventually killed him. This is one of the high points of the album especially with Cornell ripping it up on the Harmonica. Pearl Jam's song "Footsteps" has the same melody but with different lyrics and can be found on the "Jeremy" single.
Next comes "Wooden Jesus" and "Your Savior." In my opinion these are the low points of the album. There isn't a lot of musical development going on. Decent at best.
"Four Walled World" follows being one of if not THE best song on the album. Seven miuntes of pure grunge. All members contribute emensely to this track. Drummer Matt Cameron is pounding on the drums like his life depended on it, Stone provides a killer riff, Jeff's Bass is nicely present with some cool runs, Cornell is wailing his best and mike is spectaular on the end solo. All this leads up to a great ending with cornell crooning "oh yeah!!
"All Night Thing" is a nice breath of fresh air after the firestorm of "four walled world."
The is a fabulous album with so much emotion and great performances all around. If you're tired with all the radio friendly wanna be grunge bands (Creed, Nickelback, Puddle of Mudd, Staind, Bush, Default. None of them from Seattle I might add) this album is great. If you like guitar solos, superb drumming, soundgarden, pearl jam, grunge, rock and roll, excellent vocals, genuine emotion and just plain great music pick this up. As great as this album is, it gets better with each listen.
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