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3 out of 3 users found this helpful  Down On The Upside Definitely a Winner
Posted: 8/26/2005A review of Down On The Upside by What a NUTJOB
When you produce a superhuman effort (like Soundgarden's immediately preceding album, Superunknown), everyone expects you to constantly top yourself. There's typically no way to do this, and the media jumps on it all the time, claiming "sophmore album jinx", or some such trash. Soundgarden ingeniously found a way out of this trap, and the end result is Down On the Upside. While Superunknown is the album that introduced Soundgarden to mainstream audiences (it was full of eerie themes, dark vision and complicated hard rock timing & riffs; the stuff of legend), Down On The Upside is a sideways step for Soundgarden. This is more of a garage band album from a group that is miles above everyone else (in the same vein as Metallica's St. Anger album). Soundgarden kept the same thematic, lyrical & musical content, but purposely stepped back from their production level of Superunknown. It definitely works. From the first song to the last, each is very listenable, and challenging at the same time. This album also contains Burden In My Hand, argueablly Soundgarden's finest single. Great stuff from a band that still leaves a big shadow over the alternative - hard rock scene to this day.
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0 out of 0 users found this helpful  One of the greatest albums ever Recorded
Posted: 7/5/2005A review of Down On The Upside by Candle-Cantaro
Giving this Album 4 stars is a Joke. I can't Think of a Greater Cd to come out in the Past 10 years. 5 STARS thru and thru
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2 out of 2 users found this helpful  Soundgarden Mellows Out
Posted: 2/7/2005A review of Down On The Upside by bma5610
Coming off of their most successful album ever, Soundgarden obviously had a tough act to follow. So they didn't. Instead, they came up with "Down On The Upside", an album that is radically sonicly different from any of their previous works. With the excpetion of the song "Ty Cobb", this album is devoid of the screeching metal of "Badmotorfinger" and the psychedelic lyrics of "Superunknown". Rather, in this album Soundgarden produced a beautiful, almost organic sound that is far more accessible than any of their previous releases. There is enough of the old to satisfy the old fans ("Pretty Noose" lies along a similar vein to "The Day I Tried To Live" and "Hands All Over") but it is the new that is truly remarkable. This is a different, though equally good Soundgarden from the one that cut "FOPP" all those years ago. Well worth a listen, and a must have for any fans of the band.
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4 out of 4 users found this helpful  Soundgarden is awesome!
Posted: 5/15/2003A review of Down On The Upside by chanpaige
I believe soundgarden has to be one of hte best bands of all time! Some of the best lyrics ever written, coolest guitar riffs. I believe this album and every other album by soundgarden will completely satisfy you in every way!
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8 out of 8 users found this helpful  Teenie Boppers Beware
Posted: 12/18/2002A review of Down On The Upside by MEOTL1
Teenie Boppers please do not buy this album. Stick with Linkin Park or N'sync for your music needs. If pure Rock and Roll interests you then I suggest buying this album. Soundgarden was one of the best rock bands ever and this one of their best albums. It is not get bloody and broken in the pit type music like Loud Love was, but it is true Rock and Roll in every sense of the word. The melodies are complex but simple at the same time and the rythms hypnotic. Of course the lyrical content is as compelling and thought provoking as any Soundgarden album of past. Long live the memory of Soundgarden.
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