Lets abandon the fruitless comparisons and labelling of this to earlier records of the "Grunge" viene. The truth is, Soundgarden were slowing down, and they knew that this would be their last. For this reason they were bound to turn to their own experiments and search for another direction on their own. This brings the disjointed nature of 'Ty Cobb' and the slightly misguided 'Never named'. Of course we looked for Cornell's lushous syrupy lyrics and at times he doesn't dissapoint, but to ask for "Superunknown 2" would be a tragic waste of talent. It retains the essential, infinate quality of every Soundgarden album. I can listen to the album endlessly and each time I find something new. The thoughtful and melodic 'Zero Chance' and 'Switch Opens' being these overlooked, hidden mysteries. They resonate deep sadness that makes this an essential album for any fan of their unique and unmistakable charm. Its an album for all seasons with the racous and thumping 'No Attention', the pensive 'Boot Camp', the reflective 'Burden in my hand' and the tuneful and radio rocking 'Pretty Noose'. Talent shines through in every lick and thump and Im left wondering of the complexities of their poetry. This album can never sprout the same boredom or familiarity of 'Nevermind' or 'Dirt', and this is where the album's power lies. Its difficult to entirley warm to imediatly but given a little time 'Down on the Upside'proves to be the most rewarding of albums. All experiments have their flaws, but look beyond some isolated weaknesses and this is a truly wonderful music experience. They leave you wanting more, as any great artist would. They avoided the grinding routine of Pearl Jam's recent years and the endlessly dissapointing final Smashing Pumpkins work. They left on a high note, and that should be respected as a rarity in modern rock. This truly is their highest note of all. Thankyou Soundgarden.