I never really got into Soundgarden. This was mainly due to a live appearance I once saw on some TV programme. The gig was very uninspiring and the band clearly was just cashing a check. This put me off as I am rather sensitive to this kind of thing.
But then a couple of years ago I started listening to Audioslave. And that did grab me. So I knew about Chris Cornell.
The sad passing of Chris Cornell brought Soundgarden back on my radar. And boy was I wrong back then. Any band capable of bringing out an album like Superunknown, is worthy of a spot in my personal hall of fame.
I started listening to this album this morning and I am now on my second run. And songs like Fell on Black Days, Black Hole Sun, and Spoonman, touch me right to my musical spine.
The other songs are consistently grabbing me by the throat and shake any misgivings I may have had about Soundgarden out of my system.
The sound of this album is full of grunt and weight and rawness. And yet there are many production cherries that make the cake complete. Some hark back to the Beatles, but used in a different context, like in the song Head Down. The voice of Chris Cornell is one of the best I’ve heard on any rock or grunge album.
Nicely hidden complexity make it an album that I will return to in the knowledge I will discover a new melodic element, a new rhythmic phrase or a lyrical line I had previously missed. Glad I went on this tour of rediscovery.
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