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Soundgarden – Down On The Upside (1996/2016) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

Soundgarden – Down On The Upside (1996/2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz | Time – 1:05:54 minutes | 2,7 GB | Genre: Alternative Rock
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | Digital Booklet | © A&M

Down on the Upside is the fifth studio album by the American rock band Soundgarden, released on May 21, 1996 through A&M Records. It is the band’s third album with bassist Ben Shepherd. Following a worldwide tour in support of its previous album, Superunknown (1994), Soundgarden commenced work on a new album. Self-produced by the band, the music on the album was notably less heavy than the group’s preceding albums and featured the band experimenting with other sounds.

The album topped the New Zealand and Australian charts and debuted at number two on the United States’ Billboard 200, selling 200,000 copies in its opening week and spawning the singles “Pretty Noose”, “Burden in My Hand”, “Blow Up the Outside World”, and “Ty Cobb”. The band took a slot on the 1996 Lollapalooza tour and afterward supported the album with a worldwide tour. Down on the Upside would end up becoming Soundgarden’s final studio album for sixteen years as tensions within the band led to its break-up in April 1997.

Superunknown was a breakthrough in many ways. Not only did the album bring Soundgarden a new audience, it dramatically expanded their vision, as well as their accomplishments. If Down on the Upside initially seems a retreat from the grand, layered textures of Superunknown, let it sink in. The sound of Down on the Upside is certainly more immediate, but the band hasn’t returned to the monstrous, unfocused wailing of Louder Than Love. Instead, they’ve retained their ambitious song structures, neo-psychedelic guitar textures, and winding melodies but haven’t dressed them up with detailed production. Consequently, Down on the Upside is visceral as well as cerebral — “Rhinosaur” goes for the gut, while “Pretty Noose” is updated, muscular prog rock. Down on the Upside is a deceptive album — it might seem like nothing more than heavy metal, but a closer listen reveals that Soundgarden haven’t tempered their ambitions at all.  ~~ AllMusic Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine


01. Pretty Noose 4:12
02. Rhinosaur 3:14
03. Zero Chance 4:18
04. Dusty 4:34
05. Ty Cobb 3:05
06. Blow Up The Outside World 5:46
07. Burden In My Hand 4:50
08. Never Named 2:28
09. Applebite 5:10
10. Never The Machine Forever 3:36
11. Tighter & Tighter 6:06
12. No Attention 4:27
13. Switch Opens 3:53
14. Overfloater 5:09
15. An Unkind 2:08
16. Boot Camp 2:59


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