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Down On The Upside

Soundgarden Audio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
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1. Pretty Noose
2. Rhinosaur
3. Zero Chance
4. Dusty
5. Ty Cobb
6. Blow Up The Outside World
7. Burden In My Hand
8. Never Named
9. Applebite
10. Never The Machine Forever
11. Tighter & Tighter
12. No Attention
13. Switch Opens
14. Overfloater
15. An Unkind
16. Boot Camp

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4.0 out of 5 stars Gets better with repeated listenings. July 4 2000
Format:Audio CD
Compared to other Soundgarden albums, this one tends to be more raw and bass-heavy than others. It also tends to be a bit more slower and psychodelic than its predicessors, which is why it will take you 3-4 times to really get used to the feel of this release. I honestly didnt care for DOWN ON THE UPSIDE that much after its first two listenings, but being a hardcore Soundgarden fan, I HAD to give it another chance.....And Im glad I did.
PRETTY NOOSE is your typical radio-friendly type of rock with its upbeat tempo, but after that, Chris Cornell & Company take you on a journey through psychadelic songs (BLOW UP THE OUTSIDE WORLD, APPLEBITE, SWITCH OPENS), a punk song (TY COBB), acoustic laidened tracks (BURDEN IN MY HAND and ZERO CHANCE) and my favorite track, NO ATTENTION has the energy and brutality to leave you wanting more.
After listening to the solo release of Chris Cornell, I can see why Soundgarden broke up...This is truely a release that was done completely as a band. You have slower, emotional songs (BOOT CAMP) and heavy rockers (RHINOSAUR) all in the same breath...A very good final studio recording by the best band in the 90s.
Just give it a chance.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A sound more variable April 20 2001
Format:Audio CD
After the enjoyable 'Superunknown', Down on the upside lives up to its title. The sound has changed, slower and darker than 'superunkown' it somehow lacks some of the drive and life present in the earlier works. Still a very enjoyable album, buy it if you really liked the early works but wish for something slower along a similar cord.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is heaven March 12 2001
Format:Audio CD
This album is the goodbye of SG. With kinda melancholic tunes, like "Zero Chance", "Dusty", "Overfloater", "Tighter and Tighter", SG says bye to this POP engineered society. All the tunes are extremely well designed, along with the known gifted voice and lyirics of Chris, amazing Thayil, remarkable Cameron and talented Shepherd, This is the culmination of an era. Featuring "Blow up the Outside World", and "Applebite" (I don't care what ppl say about it, that song is a masterpiece), this album truly gets the nerve out of SG, with more ballads and melancholic songs, this album kick major @$$.-
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5.0 out of 5 stars great album Jan. 30 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This album truly shows that Soundgarden was one of if not the best band to come out of Seattle. Even though songs such as Pretty Noose, Blow Up the Outside World and Burden in My Hand have gotten a fair amount of airplay, they are still good songs but this album has a lot more to offer. Tighter & Tighter, Rhinosaur, No Attention and Dusty are also very good songs and in my opinion are very underrated. This album also has lesser known songs like Never The Machine Forever, Ty Cobb And Zero Chance; a very good acoustic ballad. All In All, Down On The Upside is a great album and is just as good as Superunknown or Badmotorfinger.
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When reading the previous reviews, I am struck by the fact that people consider this some of soundgarden's lesser work. By all means, this is definitely some of the best. One of Soundgarden's best-ever tracks, burden in my hand, is on here. It's powerful guitars and driven lyrics make this a great song. It alone should make you buy the album. With other songs, such as pretty noose, rhinosaur, etc., one gets the the great straightforward rock one comes to expect from soundgarden. who else has not felt like they wanted to "blow up the outside world"? Overall, the album is great. I would definitely rank it ahead of their indie releases, and ahead of badmotorfinger. It is definitely a five-star masterpiece.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic In Its Own Right Nov. 9 2000
By Colin
Format:Audio CD
This album often gets overshadowed by superunknown and that is understandable since superunknown was one of the greatest rock records made. But this album should not be overlooked as it is a classic also. From pretty noose to boot camp you are taken on a wild journey usually reserved for zeppelin or floyd records. soundgarden proved they are a versatile band that can make any type of song as opposed to the one-dimensional albums they produced at the beginning of their career. It is a shame they broke up after this album because as this album proves they were at the top of their game.
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5.0 out of 5 stars On the upside it is..... Oct. 25 2000
Format:Audio CD
Soundgarden is a band I've always had mixed emotions about. While on every one of their albums I could find a dose of songs I liked, overall, the albums that came before the one in hand, seemed to me as being just a group of songs with nothing to link them to one another, the albums as a unit just did not make much sense to me. All that changed with "Down on the upside". After 12 years, the band had at last found its sound. Mixing Sex Pistols with Black Sabbath and Pink Floyd, Soundgarden managed to come out with an album that is consistant, flowing, and for the first time in their musical life, for me, could be listened to from begining to end. It's good to know when to put an end to your band, and Soundgarden could not end it better.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A couple of weak tunes can't spoil this album. Sept. 23 2000
Format:Audio CD
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.
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