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  • Audio CD (Nov. 30 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Universal Music Canada
  • ASIN: B000002G5K
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By TA on 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gabriel Arias on 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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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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By Sal Nudo on Aug. 13 2000
Format: Audio CD
Though it wasn't as popular or as critically acclaimed as its predecessor, "Down on the Upside" was a noticeably better, more experimental Soundgarden record. "Pretty Noose" and the great "Rhinosaur" get things off to a rugged and very rock oriented pace, as only Soundgarden can do and master so brilliantly. "Dusty" has kind of a funky guitar groove in it, while the smokin' "Ty Cobb" is folksy, fast and punk sounding, all at the same time, with a tough take-no-prisoners tag line repeated non-stop by the angry lead singer, Chris Cornell.
Starting at "Applebite," about midway through, things take a decidedly even gloomier and more downtrodden tone, though some of the music is as heavy as Soundgarden get, which says a lot. It's the point in the album that may separate the casual Soundgarden fan - who may find it a tad tedious - from the die-hards who love this kind of stuff. Still, if you can't get psyched hearing explosive tunes like "Never the Machine Forever" and "No Attention," you should probably check your pulse. Some of their old-time grungy sludge peeps through on the great "Tighter and Tighter," which also features a memorable "sleep tight" chorus by Cornell, whose vocals may be at an all-time high on his last Soundgarden effort. Also, take note and don't skip over such greats as the awesome "Switch Opens" (perhaps one of the best on the album), the dirgier "Overfloater," "An Unkind," and "Boot Camp," which dreamily but succinctly displays some longing to break free on the part of Cornell, perhaps a not-so-subtle hint of some solo stuff to come.
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