There may be a small chance of my review being slightly inaccurate, because I made the stupid stupid stupid stupid mistake of buying the cassette tape instead of the CD. I don't think it will make too much of a difference though because there is no denying that the quality of this album is very high. You know what this band sounds like - 4 long-haired guys from Seattle power-chording their way through 16 power anthems in the vein of Alice In Chains and, to a lesser extent, Nirvana. On rocking songs such as the first single 'Pretty Noose', the syncopated 'Rhinosaur', the epic, anthemic 'Blow Up The Outside World' and the more punkish 'No Attention', they are at a level very few bands achieve (vocalist Chris Cornell and guitarist Kim Thayil in particular). Grunge fans will likely prefer this band's sheer bombast over the mellower fare of Alice In Chains, the experimentalism of Pearl Jam and the clinical depression of Nirvana. But Soundgarden isn't about just grinding guitars and high volume. The mid-tempo 'Dusty', the more avant garde 'Applebite', the album standout 'Zero Chance' and the melodic 'Switch Opens' demonstrate a subtlety too often lacking from rock music in general, and are more powerful for it. So while this is definitely one of the stronger albums to come from the Seattle scene, it isn't perfect. The profane 'Ty Cobb' is energetic, but isn't exactly the most charming ditty in the pack, while 'Never Named' is pointless and 'Overfloater' never seems to end. But 13 rock solid tunes out of 16 is still quite respectable. Anybody looking for a groundbreakingly innovative album might as well leave this one on the shelf, but if you're looking for a simple, well-executed hard rock album, look no further. Highly recommended.