RELEASE
May 21, 1996
LABEL
A&M
GENRES
Pop/Rock, Grunge, Heavy Metal, Alternative Pop/Rock, Alternative Metal, Alternative/Indie Rock

Album Review

Superunknown was a breakthrough in many ways. Not only did the album bring Soundgarden a new audience, it dramatically expanded their vision, as well as their accomplishments. If Down on the Upside initially seems a retreat from the grand, layered textures of Superunknown, let it sink in. The sound of Down on the Upside is certainly more immediate, but the band hasn't returned to the monstrous, unfocused wailing of Louder Than Love. Instead, they've retained their ambitious song structures, neo-psychedelic guitar textures, and winding melodies but haven't dressed them up with detailed production. Consequently, Down on the Upside is visceral as well as cerebral -- "Rhinosaur" goes for the gut, while "Pretty Noose" is updated, muscular prog rock. Down on the Upside is a deceptive album -- it might seem like nothing more than heavy metal, but a closer listen reveals that Soundgarden haven't tempered their ambitions at all.
Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. Pretty Noosehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/pretty-noose/id389284?i=389282&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  2. Rhinosaurhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/rhinosaur/id389284?i=389252&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  3. Zero Chancehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/zero-chance/id389284?i=389254&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  4. Dustyhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/dusty/id389284?i=389256&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  5. Ty Cobbhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/ty-cobb/id389284?i=389258&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  6. Blow up the Outside Worldhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/blow-up-the-outside-world/id389284?i=389260&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  7. Burden in My Handhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/burden-in-my-hand/id389284?i=389262&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  8. Never Namedhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/never-named/id389284?i=389264&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  9. Applebitehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/applebite/id389284?i=389266&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  10. Never the Machine Foreverhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/never-the-machine-forever/id389284?i=389268&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  11. Tighter & Tighterhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/tighter-tighter/id389284?i=389270&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  12. No Attentionhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/no-attention/id389284?i=389272&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  13. Switch Openshttp://itunes.apple.com/album/switch-opens/id389284?i=389274&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  14. Overfloaterhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/overfloater/id389284?i=389276&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  15. An Unkindhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/an-unkind/id389284?i=389278&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  16. Boot Camphttp://itunes.apple.com/album/boot-camp/id389284?i=389280&uo=5&at=11l9vR
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